Let’s be honest, we don’t always have the time to prepare homemade meals on the spot. Here is where freezing your homemade baby food can come in very handy. It’s easy and can be done in larger batches so food is ready when you need it. Your best tool for this will be your standard ice cube tray, along with the other tools you’ve already stocked up on for your homemade meals.
You’ll start as you did with your regular homemade purees, with organic fruits and veggies, ideally those with lower water content, boiled / cooked (or raw for some) and blended well. Choosing fruits and veg with a low water content will help with the freezing and reheating process. Here is a super helpful chart to easily identify which fruits and veg are best for freezing. If you are worried about certain fruits browning after pureeing – you may consider freezing them whole and pureeing them when needed. Check out our post on freezing your fruit and veg here for helpful tips.
What you’ll need:
- Pureed baby food
- Ice cube trays (ideally with a cover)
- Ziplock bag and sharpie marker
- Freezer set at 0°F or lower
Cook and puree as you would for ready -to-eat homemade food. Cool food in fridge before freezing.
Scoop cooled purees out into your ice cube tray. If your tray has a cover (like shown below) great, if not cover with plastic wrap and place at the back of the freezer (to avoid any possible defrosting that might occur with regular door opening and closing).
Greens are great for freezing too! Each cube typically makes around 1 oz of food. Great for measuring out the small portions that babies need! Baby hungrier than normal? Defrost more cubes as needed.
When the cubes have frozen, remove them from the ice cube tray and place them in plastic ziploc bags, labeled with the type of fruit / veg and the date they were frozen.
Be sure to use the cubes within 1 month.
Reheating your frozen food
To reheat, remove ice cubes from plastic bag and defrost either by placing them overnight in the fridge, placing cubes in a serving dish and setting the serving dish in a warm water bath, or warming in the microwave on defrost. Make sure the food has reached a cool enough temperature before serving. Serve defrosted food within 48 hrs (a good rule of thumb for all homemade baby food). If the food, once defrosted, is still too thick you can use breastmilk, formula, or even a little water or orange juice to help thin to the right consistency for baby.
Want some more info on food safety standards? Head here for a guide. Good luck and happy cooking!