When you start weaning your baby, you want to ensure that you are feeding, hygienic, nutritious, and fresh baby food to your baby. However, with a number of other tasks at your disposal, preparing and storing baby meals becomes a difficult and time consuming task. Here are a few tips for helping you in preparing and storing baby food:
- Remember to wash your hands and all the utensils and pots prior to starting to prepare baby meals.
- Use cold, running water for washing vegetables and fruits
- Freeze freshly cooked baby food within two hours. After this time bacteria could grow at room temperature.
- Four basic cooking methods are steaming, baking, boiling, and microwaving. Though it partly depends on the type of food being cooked however; steaming is generally the best method of cooking as it retains the key nutrients.
- If the baby food puree is too thick you can cook it a little more and if it is too thin then you can add water or breast or formula milk to it.
- When you cook baby food in small quantities, place in airtight containers and store in the refrigerator shelves and not on the door as temperature is lower at the door. Cooked vegetables and fruits could be kept in the fridge for 2 to 3 days while they could be kept in the freezer for 1-3 months. Likewise meat and egg yolks could be kept in the fridge for one day while it could be kept in the freezer for 1-2 months.
- For storing large quantities, use small containers, partitioned trays, freezer bags, or pouches. Put them in the freezer.
- After cooking, you would need to mash, puree, or blend the baby food according to the weaning stage of the baby. In order to cut down on time and effort, you can buy a best food processor that steams and purees the food.
- You can put the frozen foods in the refrigerator one day before feeding to defrost the food. For warming foods other than fruits, microwave them, heat in a dish over boiling water, or use an electric heating dish. Never refreeze the defrosted food.