How to thaw frozen baby food cubes
Homemade Baby Food Storage | Cooking Light
By Text: Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D. October 25, 2010
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One of the keys to making the process less time-consuming is to prepare baby’s foods in bulk. As you learn what foods baby prefers, try doubling or tripling the recipes to store in the freezer. From Cooking Light First Foods by Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.
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Storing Baby Food in the Refrigerator
We recommend storing your prepared pureed baby foods in single servings to help ensure food safety and simplify mealtime for you.
Storing in the Refrigerator
Shelf life: Up to two days
Best storage method: Portion food into clean, empty glass baby food jars with lids or individual serving containers with lids.
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Storing in Freezer: Option 1
Shelf life: Up to three months
Storage method: Freeze baby food in ice-cube trays; once frozen, store in an airtight container, and label the container with the date and name of the food.
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Storing in Freezer: Option 2
Shelf life: Up to three months
Storage method: You can also freeze baby food as "splats" on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet; once frozen, store in an airtight container, and label the container with the date and name of the food. Or store large portions in small freezer-safe bags; once thawed, portion the food into servings, and refrigerate.
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How to Thaw Frozen Baby Food Safely
Make sure you follow one of the methods below to ensure that baby’s food is kept safe when defrosting and reheating. You should serve the food to baby within 48 hours after it is defrosted. Discard any servings that are not used within that time.
- Defrost in the refrigerator: Place frozen puree cubes or “splats” into baby’s serving dish, cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- Water bath: Place sealed frozen bags of purees in a warm water bath; replace the water as needed. Once defrosted, portion the food into individual bowls, cover, and refrigerate until serving.
- Defrost the food in the microwave: Place frozen puree cubes or “splats” into a microwave-safe dish, and cook using the DEFROST setting on the microwave. Stir and rotate the food often. Make sure the food is completely cool before serving.
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What's The Best Way To Thaw Homemade Baby Food? Science Explains
by Mishal Ali Zafar
So, you've decided to take the time out to make your baby fresh, homemade baby food. Feeding your baby fresh fruits, veggies, grains, and protein without any added preservatives and chemicals is healthier for your baby, and can make you feel good about meal time. But because it can be tedious to purée food everyday, you may want to make a lot and freeze it to use when you need it. But you may have concerns about how to safely thaw your food, so that it doesn’t spoil or overcook. What’s the best way to thaw homemade baby food?
Food safety, especially when it comes to babies, is really important, because when foods are not stored or thawed properly, bacteria can grow. Food safety expert and microbiologist, Irrem Jamal M.Sc, tells Romper that how you thaw your homemade baby food depends on how you freeze it. “There are different methods of safe thawing that include a stovetop, microwave, or submersion in hot water," explains Jamal.
She suggests that when you are freezing your homemade baby food, you do it in small portions. If your portions are too big, Jamal says it will take longer to thaw them, and if you have any leftover, it’s not a good practice to refreeze it. For food safety purposes, Jamal suggests using thawed fruits and veggies within two days (when stored in a refrigerator), and thawed meats and poultry within one day (stored in a refrigerator), and discarding any eaten portions right away.
Jamal says that one really great way to freeze and thaw your baby food is to fill ice cube trays with the purée and freeze them. Once frozen, you can store the cubes in resealable bags or in storage containers. This way, suggests Jamal, you will have easy-to-thaw portion sizes that you can safely defrost as needed. To thaw the frozen cubes, Jamal suggests placing them in the refrigerator overnight, but if you’re in a hurry, she says you can warm them over the stovetop, or put them in the microwave on a defrost setting in a microwave safe dish.
According to Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food, another easy and safe way to freeze and defrost your homemade baby food is to store portions in a freezer safe bag, and then when needed, you can submerge the bag in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes. The website further mentioned that it isn’t necessary for baby food to be really warm, because most babies have no problem enjoying room temperature food.
While using a refrigerator, microwave, stove top, or water bath to thaw are perfectly safe ways to thaw baby foods, Jamal explains that there is one method that you should not use. “You should avoid thawing foods at room temperature,” warns Jamal, “because room temperature foods can become breeding grounds for bacteria.” She says you should also not allow frozen baby foods to sit in standing water all day, again due to the risk of growing germs and bacteria.
Just to be on the safe side, Food Safety recommended labeling and dating your homemade baby foods, so that you can keep track of how long it’s been frozen. They also noted that homemade baby foods can be safely stored for up to a month in the freezer.
So depending on how you store it, in cubes, bags, or container, you can easily thaw your baby food on your stove, in your fridge, or in your microwave. As long as you follow all the food safety precautions, and avoid thawing at room temperature, you can safely feed your baby all that homemade goodness you worked so hard to make.
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Defrosting and serving baby food
Frozen meals should not be thawed at room temperature for long periods of time. When it's time to use frozen baby food, try these tips:
• For slow defrosting, place one serving or a day's supply in the refrigerator and leave for three to four hours.
• For quick defrosting, use an electric defrost or place a frozen cube or open jar in a heat-resistant small container and place in a small saucepan. Fill the pot with water just short of the rim of the food container. Defrost and reheat over medium heat, stirring occasionally to heat evenly.
• Before giving baby food to a baby, be sure to mix it thoroughly and taste to make sure there are no areas too hot for the baby. Touch the product with your upper lip each time you load another spoon. Even the smallest amount of food that is too hot can teach a child not to trust what lies in the spoon approaching him. You can better check the temperature with your finger.
• Because microwave heating can create hot spots in food that can burn your child's mouth, we do not recommend this method. If you choose a microwave, be very careful to stir and always try a little yourself to see if the food is evenly heated before feeding your baby.
• To avoid wasting food, feed your baby with a spoon of the portion you think he can handle. If he wants more, use a clean spoon to place the topping on his plate. You can store the rest of the dish in the refrigerator for two days, but only if saliva does not get into it.
Some babies don't eat "baby food" at all, and all this information on how to make it can be skipped if your baby tolerates a fairly firm texture, refuses solid foods for a long time, can't stand being spoon-fed, or transitions immediately to hand feeding. Some mothers really go into making baby food; others simply cook for the whole family and mash a portion for the child with a fork.
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How to freeze baby food - Encyclopedia Baby foodLevchuk Victoria ©
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Knowing how to freeze baby food, you can cook and store whole batches of homemade food for a child, because this is a real find for busy parents.
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There are several ways to freeze baby food - they all work equally well - but may take up varying amounts of freezer space.
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… homemade baby food should 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.
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 mold and the spoon that will be used in filling each section. An ice tin 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!
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!
Which ice mold should I choose?
Some ice cube trays are specifically made for baby food and do not contain potentially harmful 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
Similar to method 1, since the process of freezing baby food is the same, only silicone muffin 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).
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.
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.
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!
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 mashed potatoes - 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.
To reduce the hassle of freezing baby food, here are some helpful tips...
- 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 yogurt, 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!
- 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!
- 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. It's worth trying freezing in ice cube trays or baby food trays, as discussed above - then the ideal size of small portions will be in the freezer to use as needed.
- If baby food has been frostbitten, fortunately food safety is not affected - simply thaw and then cut or spoon away the affected areas.
How to defrost baby food
The safest and easiest way to defrost baby food is to put it in the refrigerator overnight before feeding. Frozen baby food cubes take 8-12 hours to thaw in most refrigerators. Thawed baby food should be used within 24 hours.
Never, ever refreeze defrosted baby food as this creates a risk of food poisoning for the baby.
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