Baby food purees that freeze well

Frozen Homemade Baby Food Cubes that Freeze Well, Which baby foods freeze best or good for homemade baby food

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The Frozen Pureed Baby Food table below is established from our own experience with freezing homemade baby food; we did a lot of it having to feed twins. You may have better, or worse, luck with freezing your homemade baby food cubes.

Homemade Baby Food is most easily stored in your freezer. It is best to keep the cubes as far into the freezer as possible.

Try not to store your homemade baby food cubes on the door to avoid the warming that may occur when the freezer door open. This table accounts for foods that have been pureed when they were cooked and/or are raw.

Don’t be discouraged when you see quite a few of the foods noted as “may thaw gritty and/or watery!” This chart is meant to let you know what MAY happen to foods but this is not necessarily what always happens!

Type of Food How These Foods Will Freeze When They Have Been Pureed
Apples May turn brown [cooked] – freeze in slices for a nice teething reliever [raw]
Avocados May turn brown when pureed – best frozen in halves with a bit of lemon juice [raw]
Apricots May not freeze solid and texture may be altered [raw or cooked]
Bananas May brown when pureed – best way to freeze, cut in half, wrap then freeze [raw]
Blueberries Freeze well whole or pureed – may thaw to a watery consistency [raw or cooked]
Melons May be gritty/watery when thawed – best frozen raw in chunks [raw or cooked]
Cherries Freeze well whole or pureed – may thaw to a watery consistency [raw or cooked]
Citrus Does not freeze well
Coconut Does not freeze well
Cranberries Freeze well whole or pureed – may thaw to a watery consistency [raw or cooked]
Figs Unknown
Grapes Freeze well when frozen whole, halved or quartered [ raw]
Kiwi May be gritty/watery when thawed [raw]
Mango May be gritty/watery when thawed – best frozen in chunks [raw or cooked]
Nectarines Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed – freeze in chunks [raw or cooked]
Peaches Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed – freeze in chunks [raw or cooked]
Papaya Freezes well, may be gritty/watery when thawed -freeze in chunks [raw or cooked]
Pears May turn brown – freeze well but may be gritty/watery when thawed [raw or cooked]
Persimmons Unknown
Plums Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed [raw or cooked]
Prunes Freeze well but may not freeze solid and texture may be altered [raw or cooked]
Pumpkin Freezes well [cooked]
Strawberries Freeze well whole & raw or simmered into a puree or sauce/syrup
Asparagus Freezes well but may be watery when thawed – best frozen in pieces
Broccoli Freezes well but may be watery when thawed – best frozen in pieces
Beans (Green) Freeze well but may be gritty/watery when thawed – best frozen in individual pieces
Beans (Dried/Lentils) Freeze well
Beets Freeze well
Carrots Freeze well
Cauliflower Freezes well but may be watery when thawed – best frozen in pieces
Corn Freezes well but may be watery when thawed – best frozen without being pureed
Cucumber Does not freeze well
Eggplant Freezes well but may be watery when thawed – best frozen without being pureed
Leeks Mixed results, best frozen within another dish/meal
Onions Mixed results, best frozen within another dish/meal
Parsnips Freezes well but may be gritty/watery when thawed
Peas Freeze well but may be gritty/watery when thawed
Peppers Mixed results, best frozen within another dish/meal
Potato-White Freezes well but may be gritty/watery when thawed; lots of reconstituting needed
Sweet Potato Freezes well
Spinach Mixed results
Squash-Butternut etc Freezes well
Summer/Zucchini etc Freeze well but may be very gritty/watery when thawed;
Tomatoes Best frozen as a “sauce”, may be watery when thawed
Turnip Freezes well but may be gritty/watery when thawed;
Beef Mixed Results – may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces
Chicken Mixed Results – may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces
Eggs Do not freeze well pureed but freeze with mixed results when scrambled or fried
Fish Mixed Results – may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces
Pork Mixed Results – may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces
Tofu Mixed Results – may be very gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in chunks in water
Turkey Mixed Results – may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces
GRAINS [cooked]
Barley Mixed Results – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed
Buckwheat/Kasha Mixed Results – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed
Flax N/A
Kamut Mixed Results – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed
Millet Mixed Results – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed
Oatmeal Mixed Results – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed
Pasta Does not freeze well – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen whole
Quinoa Mixed Results – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed
Rice Mixed Results – may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed

list compiled from personal experience, your results may vary.

Photography by Chelsea Foy



Storing Baby Food | Happy Baby Organics

AndieM.Ed., RD, LDN, CLC, RYT-200

Read time: 6 minutes

  • How to store homemade baby food and store-bought pureed foods

  • How to thaw and re-heat pureed baby food

  • How to help prevent bacterial contamination of baby foods

Whether you buy baby food at the market or make it from scratch, it’s important to know how to store, prepare, and reheat your baby’s food correctly and safely.

Store-bought baby food usually comes in a glass jar, plastic container, or pouch and usually does not require refrigeration or freezing before opening. These foods are manufactured to be shelf-stable, like any other pantry item (think beans, soups, or condiments). They can typically stay fresh on the shelf for 1 to 2 years, but always check expiration dates carefully. 1

Baby food storage guidelines
  • Pureed store-bought baby vegetables and fruits can stay in the refrigerator for up to 48 to 72 hours and in the freezer for 6 to 8 months.

  • Pureed store-bought meat, poultry, or fish can be refrigerated for 24 hours after cooking and frozen for 1 to 2 months.

  • Homemade baby foods will keep for 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator and for 1 to 2 months in the freezer.2

Be sure to refrigerate freshly cooked baby food within two hours as bacteria will start to grow at room temperature after those two hours are up. Note that your refrigerator should be kept at, or below, 40 degrees F. Any warmer and illness-causing bacteria can thrive and quickly multiply.3

Want some tips on feeding your little one or on making baby food? The Happy Baby Experts are infant feeding specialists and here to help (for free!) with questions about starting solids and picky eating, as well as formula and breastfeeding.  Chat now!

Can I feed baby directly from the jar or pouch?

If you feed your little one directly from the jar or pouch, all leftovers must be thrown out after the meal. Saliva from baby’s mouth gets back into the jar or pouch via the spoon, this introduces bacteria that can quickly multiply and contaminate the food.

If you know baby won’t finish it all, spoon a serving in a separate bowl and feed from that. Then you can refrigerate the jar or pouch of remaining food for an upcoming meal!4

Read more: How Can I Make my own Pureed Baby Food?

How to warm refrigerated or shelf-stable foods and thaw frozen foods:
  • Microwave: Warm up store-bought food directly in its glass jar or transfer the food – including previously frozen purees – into a separate glass bowl (never heat up pureed food in a plastic container or pouch). Reduce the microwave to 50% power (or use the defrost feature) and then warm the puree in 15 second increments. 4 Check and stir the food thoroughly each time to ensure even heating and to eliminate any heat pockets that may burn your baby’s mouth.

  • Stovetop: Warm your baby’s store-bought food or thaw frozen baby food on the stovetop by placing the food in a small saucepan and warming on low heat until the puree is the same consistency and no longer frozen. To preserve the nutrients, heat only as much as is necessary.

  • Submersion Method: Thaw frozen baby food by placing the pureed cubes in a plastic bag and then inside a bowl filled with hot or warm water. This method allows for even warming but does take a little longer – figure about 10-20 minutes for the food to thaw fully. 5 Many parents also use the submersion method to thaw frozen breastmilk.

  • Refrigerator: Thaw frozen baby food simply by transferring it to the refrigerator.5 This process will take 4-12 hours so plan ahead (transferring the food the night before it’s needed to allow thawing overnight is a good rule of thumb). Homemade frozen baby food that’s been thawed can safely stay in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Be sure to keep thawed baby food in a sealed container to avoid contamination.

  • DO NOT let baby food thaw for long periods of time on the counter at room temperature. This will allow bacteria to grow.5

How to freeze baby food
Freeze purees in ice cube trays or on a cookie sheet
  • Sanitize or thoroughly clean standard ice cube trays before spooning the puree directly into each cubed section. You could also cover a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and spoon small ‘mounds’ of puree onto the sheet to freeze.

  • Cover the tray with plastic wrap and place into the freezer.

  • Once the cubes or ‘mounds’ are solidly frozen, pop them out and store them in plastic freezer bags.

  • Label the bags with the type of baby food as well as the date. This allows you to use it before it expires. (Remember: store-bought fruits and veggies can be frozen for 6 to 8 months, while meats, poultry, and all home-made baby food can be frozen for 1 to 2 months).

  • When your baby is ready to eat, grab an individual portion of the cubes you want to use and thaw!

Ice cube trays are not only convenient, they are also incredibly helpful in portioning out homemade baby food. The cubes are roughly one ounce each, so you can easily measure the amount of food your baby is eating and thaw small portions at a time to reduce waste.

Do not freeze food in glass containers

Glass baby food jars (or any glass container) are not meant to be frozen. Frozen glass can burst or cause tiny fractures in the glass leaving behind microscopic shards that you may never see.Freeze baby food in safe “ok to freeze” plastic containers instead.

Consider a deep freezer if you want to store purees long-term

For best results, frozen foods should remain at a constant sub-zero temperature. A deep freezer is better equipped to handle this temperature control as opposed to your regular freezer, which may fluctuate with you opening and closing the door often.

Throw away leftover food that’s already been reheated

You cannot reheat (or re-freeze) baby food more than once, so once you’ve thawed a frozen puree, toss any leftovers. This rule also applies to breastmilk. So if you’re using breastmilk to thin out your homemade baby food purees, add the milk while it’s fresh!

Read more: Safe Storage of Pumped Breastmilk

You can also use formula to thin a puree. Do not freeze formula in its original can or bottle, but once mixed into a puree it’s ok to freeze. Freezing formula causes a separation of the fats from the liquid, which may negatively impact the texture and quality.6

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Frozen puree - preparation of vegetables and fruits for children for the winter » Suseki

Skwerl - Oct 12th, 2016

Categories: Freezing

Tags: Baby Puree, Frozen Pears, Freezing Vegetables, Apricot Puree, Pumpkin Puree, Blueberry Puree, Applesauce

trace elements. In summer, this is easy to do, there are many fresh vegetables and fruits, and in winter you need to come up with alternative options. A large number of manufacturers offer a wide range of ready-made baby purees, but are they really that good? After all, we do not know exactly what is in their composition, whether the technology of preparation and storage of products is correctly observed. And even if everything is fine there, then such a puree consists not only of vegetables and fruits, but at least sugar and thickeners are added there. So how to be? The answer is simple - make your own puree and store it in the freezer. nine0009 You can freeze in the form of puree absolutely any fruit, vegetable or even meat that a child can eat.

Ingredients: meat, vegetables, fruits
Time for laying: summer, autumn


  • 1 Furifier of vegetables
  • 2 Fruit fruit
  • 3 Features of storage
  • 4 consumption of frozen children's puree

Freeze vegetable puree

Most often, mothers prefer to freeze seasonal vegetables, such as: zucchini, pumpkin, rhubarb, celery, green peas, cauliflower, broccoli, spring carrots, spinach. In order to freeze mashed vegetables, you must first bring these same vegetables to readiness. In this case, stewing vegetables is most suitable, this allows you to save more vitamins than boiling. It is necessary to cook each vegetable separately and strictly observe the cooking time, so the zucchini will be ready in 15 minutes, and carrots or cauliflower will need 7-10 minutes more. You can also add pre-cooked meat to vegetables, children love this puree very much. Immediately after cooking, while still hot, it is necessary to turn the vegetables into a puree using a blender or by rubbing through a sieve, put them in a clean, dry dish and send them to the freezer. nine0003

Freezing fruit puree

Fruit puree is even easier to prepare than vegetable puree. To prepare it, you just need to thoroughly wash the fruit, peel and puree them in any convenient way. Most often, mothers prefer to prepare mashed potatoes for their babies from apricots, peaches, plums, pears, apples. You can prepare a combined puree, for example, apple puree with blueberries, strawberries, currants or raspberries. These fruits lend themselves well to freezing and do not lose their taste and useful properties. nine0003

Storage features

When it comes to baby food, it is very important to follow the food storage technology so as not to harm the baby. It must be remembered that baby puree cannot be re-frozen, so it is necessary to use dishes that fit only one serving. These can be jars of store-bought mashed potatoes, small plastic containers, ice molds. If there was a power outage and the products melted, they will have to be thrown away, it is not safe to give this to a baby (

Consuming frozen baby puree

To feed a child with frozen vegetable or meat and vegetable puree, you need to take out one serving and heat it in a water bath or microwave to the desired temperature, add a little butter or vegetable oil and you can eat.

Fruit puree is simply enough to defrost at room temperature, without cooking. Fruits and vegetables in the form of puree are successfully combined with various cereals, cottage cheese and kefir and make these dishes more attractive for little gourmets. nine0003

See video: How to make pumpkin puree


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Table of contents:

There are several ways to freeze baby food - they all work equally well - but may take up different amounts of freezer space.

By all means …

… homemade baby food must be prepared and then refrigerate as quickly as possible to prevent bacterial growth. Any food left at room temperature for more than two hours is not safe for a child to consume and should be thrown away. nine0003

To cool cooked food quickly, you can try putting it in a shallow container - you can even dip the container in a pot of cold water to help speed up the process.

How to Freeze Baby Food Method 1

Thoroughly clean the ice cube tray and the spoon that will be used to fill each section. An ice tray with a resealable lid is ideal as it protects food from frostbite or picking up any odors from the freezer. If there is no mold with a lid, you can cover with food-safe plastic wrap. Some people use foil, although we don't recommend it as some of the foil will remain in the food! nine0003

Place the filled ice tray in the freezer, and - after completely frozen - place them in ZIP bags that take up less space in the freezer.

This method produces small portions of baby food that are ideally sized - typically around 30 grams or so. One cube per meal may be enough for a child to start with, but as they grow, you may need to increase the number of cubes at a time or increase the ice cube tray.

You can also make many different flavors of baby food by mixing and matching different fruit and vegetable cubes, for example, the combination of apple puree cube with carrot puree cube, delicious! nine0003

Which ice mold should I choose?

Some ice cube trays are specifically made for baby food and do not contain potentially hazardous chemicals - but you can use a regular ice cube tray, or you might be advised to try a silicone mold, or even stainless steel trays, although the regular plastic version will do. if there is confidence in the quality of the workmanship.

How to freeze baby food - Method 2

Same as method 1, since the process of freezing baby food is the same, only silicone cake molds are used instead of an ice mold! Their flexibility makes it easy to remove food portions - plus, of course, their use is beneficial when the baby starts to eat more baby food!

How to Freeze Baby Food - Method 3

If no suitable freezer containers are available for baby food, baking paper can be used (although a little more freezer space will be needed initially). nine0003

Simply spoon the cooked baby puree onto the baking sheet to form small mounds (though note that this will not work if the puree is too thin). We cover the baking paper with cling film, freeze, and then mix the servings of food into bags, as before.

How to Freeze Baby Food - Method 4

Another good way to freeze homemade baby food is to divide the puree into freezer glass jars and place them in the freezer. nine0003

However, please note that you should never freeze baby food in glass jars unless the jar manufacturer has specifically stated that freezing is safe and possible.

Jars that are freezer safe must be properly labeled and distinguished from other tins (including commercial baby food tins) that are not strong enough to withstand the expansion of food that occurs during the freezing process. nine0003

This means that the jar may burst or, even worse, there may be small microcracks that cannot be seen with the eyes, but which will allow tiny pieces of glass to get into the baby's food.

How to Freeze Baby Food Method 5

Probably the most popular way to freeze homemade baby food is to use freezer trays or jars for baby food, there are so many options to choose from! nine0003

Manufacturers, recognizing the growing trend of parents to freeze baby puree, offer special forms of baby food that make life easier, well, because there is a lid! What's more, these molds are free of potentially harmful chemicals, which is something some plastic trays for general consumption are guilty of.

Tracking the finished product

Most types of baby food - especially puree - freeze perfectly. Sometimes you will have to experiment with texture, since the freezing process itself consists in the fact that the water in the product expands when it freezes, destroying the cell walls. This is especially noticeable when the whole food is frozen, for example a frozen banana will be very soft when thawed. nine0003

To reduce the hassle of freezing baby food here are a few tips that will be helpful...

- Do not puree too thin before freezing. Keep in mind that many foods become watery when thawed (especially fruits and vegetables), adding extra liquid before freezing will then add too much cereal to thicken!

- Herbs and spices tend to lose their flavor in the freezer. If a baby food recipe calls for them, it is best to add them after after the food is defrosted, just before heating.

- Baked foods - like homemade nuggets or fish fingers - are best frozen when almost cooked but not fully done. This is because the structure of the food when frozen and thawed can behave negatively.

— When freezing yoghurt, remember that it may be too thin when defrosted. Sometimes stirring it well is enough to solve this problem - but in some cases, the resulting yogurt is too thin to eat with a spoon, so such yogurt can be used in a smoothie! nine0003

- A good result is obtained from freezing rice and oatmeal, which is good if the morning is like a nightmare and there is no time to organize a full breakfast. Only cereals should not be made too thin before they are frozen .

- Many fruits - especially apples and pears - can look very brown when frozen and thawed. This discoloration is a natural and harmless result of the fruit being exposed to air, but if it's a concern, mixing lemon juice and fruit puree before freezing can solve the problem. Please note that citrus fruits can cause an allergic reaction in babies, so you can use it with a changed color! nine0003

- If you want to make your own stock of vegetable or meat broth, which is convenient, you just need to prepare a large batch at a time and freeze.

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