Once you decide to make your own baby food, you want to make sure that you store it correctly. It is important to store homemade purees properly to keep them fresh, safe, and tasty!
Ways to Store Homemade Baby Food
Here are some great ways to store homemade baby food:
The Refrigerator Method
Storing your homemade baby food in the refrigerator can be a very convenient option! Baby food can be enjoyed for up to 48 hours after it’s been stored in the fridge. If you store purees in individual containers for quick, single-use servings, this storage method will eliminate the need for defrosting or any other extra steps. Just be sure to write the date on the containers, to ensure that they are being thrown out or frozen after the 48 hour window closes!
The Freezer Method
Perhaps the best and most convenient way to store homemade baby food is by using the DIY pouch method. With this method, you can use the Infantino Squeeze Station to press the premade baby food into individual pouches that can be placed in the freezer for up to 6 months! This DIY method is quick, easy, and involves minimal cleanup! Perfect for the mom on-the-go who wants an easy way to prep and store homemade baby food.
Another popular method for baby food storage is using You don’t have to use anything fancy, ice cube trays and plastic storage bags (like Ziploc). Or by using wax paper and a cookie sheet.
For both of these methods, simply freeze your homemade baby food in ice cube trays covered in plastic wrap or pour them into small clumps on a wax paper covered cookie tray and then pop them out into the freezer. Once frozen, you can take them off the cookie tray or out of the ice cube tray and pop them into freezer friendly Ziploc bags. Be sure to label with the type of food and the date it was made. For optimal quality and nutrient retention, it is suggested to keep frozen baby food cubes in the freezer for a maximum of 3 months. However, baby food cubes are safe to remain in the freezer for up to 6 months. Although these two freezer methods have some great positives, it should be noted that they can be messy and require a lot of room in your freezer.
Another concern that parents have when beginning their homemade baby food journey is how to travel with their baby food purees. The best way to do this is to create your own homemade baby food pouches! These pouches are perfect because they can be easily stored in insulated lunch bags and you can use ice packs to keep them fresh if you will be out for more than a few hours. Fortunately, we offer a few products that can help.
Helpful tip: It’s best not to microwave baby food to heat it up because of hot spots.
You can make and store your own convenient food pouches with the Infantino Squeeze Station. It's quick and easy! Just pour in the purée and press down to fill. The non-skid base stays secure on your counter and the soft press ensures a stable grip. Plus, the station is dishwasher safe, so clean up is simple! The Squeeze Station is perfect for homemade baby food and smoothies, as well as store-bought applesauce, yogurt, and purées. Your little one can enjoy the pouches right away, or you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer for later. These are perfect for making on-the-go feeding a breeze! The Squeeze Station also includes 10 Squeeze Pouches™.
You can also purchase more squeeze pouches in packs of 50! Use the Fresh Squeezed® refill pack of pouches with the Squeeze Station™ to create homemade food pouches. The pack includes 50 food-safe, disposable pouches, and 50 kid-safe caps. Each pouch holds up to 4 ounces of food and features a transparent window to see the food inside. The rear window also has a space to write dates, name, and the food type. All of the pouches are freezer safe and BPA, PVC, and phthalate free!
This environmentally friendly, reusable food pouch can be used with homemade purees, smoothies, applesauce, yogurt and more. Use the screw top to pour in your child’s favorite snack. Perfect for The secure, screw top prevents leaks and messes. Plus, the Reusable Squeeze Pouch includes a handy clip for attaching to bags and strollers. This silicone pouch is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.
Finally, you can attach these convenient spoons to the Squeeze Pouch™ for an easy way to serve purees and smoothies to your baby at home or on the go. These spoons fit all of our pouches as well as standard-sized commercial food pouches. Plus, they come with a handy travel case to help keep them clean when you are out and about! Spoons are dishwasher safe and BPA, PVC, phthalate free.
However you decide to store your homemade baby food is completely up to you and what you believe is the best option for your baby. Making and storing homemade baby food can be a very exciting time for your and your little one and Infantino is here for every step of the way.