Storing Baby Food: Our Answers to Questions Nigerian Mothers Ask About Storing Homemade Baby Foods Safely
Are you planning on Storing homemade baby food in your refrigerator? There are some important freezing and refrigerating guidelines that you must follow when storing Nigerian homemade baby foods at home. There are also some recommended standards on how to store pureed baby food. Answers to these frequently asked questions will guide you. Read on.
How Long Can I Safely Store Baby Food in The Fridge or Freezer?Three months is the maximum most baby foods can store safely in the freezer. After this period, “it is longer safe for baby’s consumption”.
Infant purees can be preserved in the fridge up to a maximum of four days to prevent bacteria growth and that the food’s taste does not change while in the fridge.
Can Frozen Vegetables and Fruits Used for Baby Purees and Freeze For Later?YES. Frozen vegetables and fruits can be used for puree. After making the puree you can freeze it for use later. Freezing foods at a very low temperature helps preserves the food thereby retaining the nutrients. I recommend you just cook a handful at a time. After defrosting you cannot refreeze vegetables to cook later
Most foods when cooked, the nutrients tend to diminish more than when frozen. The moment you have defrosted the vegetables, you should never re-freeze the remaining.
How Safe is it to Freeze Your Baby’s Homemade Food?It is absolutely safe to store homemade baby food in , depending on how you freeze the food.
One of the best ways is to allow the freshly prepared baby food to cool fast in order to prevent bacteria from growing on the it. The food will cool faster if you spread it in a wide container or put food container in cold water.
What Type of Homemade Baby Food Storage Containers Are Best to Safely Store Baby Food?Homemade baby food should be stored in air-tight plastic container or a glass jars. Ensure to use several containers and store only one meal’s serving per container - so that there will be no left-overs. You need to know how much food your baby usually finishes.
When buying plastic containers to store baby food, ensure to read the manufacturers instruction under the container – some indicate that the plastic can be used in microwave or high freezer temperature
How Do I Defrost Homemade Baby Foods?The easiest way to defrost your baby food is to transfer the food from the freezer to the refrigerator a day before or defrost in the microwave.
Safety Note: Homemade Baby Food StorageDo not freeze any foods removed from the freezer as this may be unsafe for you baby but it is ok to freeze foods containing breast milk.
Do not allow open containers to sit out at room temperature for more than two hours. Bacteria grow rapidly at room temperature, especially in liquid and pureed foods.
Now you have all the answers to your questions about storing and defrosting Nigerian homemade baby foods safely.