Baby Food Storage Ideas

James Cross - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Preparing homemade baby food is not only fun, it's also easy, efficient, and economical. Cleanliness and food freshness is always important once your baby starts to eat solid food because your baby's immune system is less developed than yours. Providing homemade baby food is the healthiest alternative to using commercial baby food and it offers tremendous advantages for you and your baby. 


Why should I make my own baby food? 

Healthy Meals. Baby food doesn’t always have to come in jars. You can make your own at home, and it’s not difficult. Serving fresh food from the very beginning will help your baby be more open to tasting new flavours and types of food. When you make baby food at home, you can choose your baby's favorite fruits, vegetables and meats, steam and puree them using a food processor, and freeze them in convenient portions. With just a little effort, you can make fresh food for your baby alongside healthy meals you prepare for the rest of your family.  Best of all, you'll know exactly what you're feeding your baby.  


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Cost Savings. Money is one driving force behind deciding to make homemade baby food. Healthy, tasty baby food can be had for far less than you would have paid in the grocery store. Making baby food at home is extremely cost-effective, as food may be purchased either in season or on sale. Studies have also shown that you can save 50% or more when making your own baby food depending on the brand, the age of your baby and the amount of food consumed. You can also save money and your time by buying in bulk. When you buy in bulk, you buy food without the extra costs for packaging and marketing. If you focus on buying bulk dry goods you can store, you can save thousands on your annual grocery expenses. The more you buy, the more you save, but make sure you've got the place to store them. 

Another way to save money is to make baby food in large quantities and freeze it in single servings. Let's take a look at carrots. On average, four carrots will make six ounces of baby food.  If your baby is a big fan of sweet potatoes, an organic sweet potato costs $1.50 per 500 grams and makes ten servings, or $.15 per serving. Cheaper than buying a ready to eat in jars that costs $1/serving. Again, place in food processor and puree into reusable food pouches and freeze.  

Environmentally Safe. When deciding on making your own baby food, you also need to consider where to store them. You will not only avoid feeding your baby with fillers and additives, but you will also be helping the environment by eliminating the need for excess packaging used for processed baby food.


Now that you have made your baby food, you want to store it in the most sanitary yet convenient way possible. To ensure that the food is safe for your little one, follow these baby food storage tips

1.) Selecting. Always begin with good quality ingredients and food containers. It’s best to use fresh and organic food whenever possible. Do not put any ingredients that can easily produce bacteria and can cause serious illnesses like dairy products made from raw, unpasteurized milk or food from cans or jars without labels. Seek out BPA-free containers. A good example is the reusable food pouches.  Cherub Baby leads the industry in safe and environmentally friendly products and provides a range of BPA free range to keep your family safe from harmful chemicals found in many feeding products. 

Wash your hands and any equipment used to prepare the food.  Make it a habit to always wash your hands before starting any kitchen task. Keep towels, cloths and sponges clean.

2.) Preparing.  You can steam, blend and puree meats, veggies, grains and fruits of your choice, knowing that your baby is getting the best baby food ever for less than half the cost of store-bought foods. Use a food processor like the Natriblend Steamer Blender. For large quantities of food, a blender or food processor is invaluable. Aside from making your baby food preparation easier, most parents also find that using a baby food steamer and a baby food blender is a safe way to make baby food because you get to monitor the process yourself and know what is going into the food you make your child. One of the keys to making the process less time-consuming is to prepare baby’s foods in bulk and portion them into clean and empty reusable food pouches. Click here to see it in action!



The Cherub Baby reusable food pouches are clear so you can easily see the contents and there is a space to record the date and name of your food for easy freezer and fridge storage. They are reusable several times or can easily be disposed of when traveling with your baby or toddler. Label the reusable food pouches with the date and name of the food so you'll know what's in them.  Feeding in baby food pouches allow your little one to feed himself. It helps him develop dexterity and independence. Reusable food pouches also offer great convenience because they are light and travel-friendly. 

3.) Storing. There are many safe and convenient ways to store homemade baby food. The most common way is freezing. Homemade baby foods may spoil more quickly and require refrigeration. Freezing homemade baby food is really not a difficult thing to do. Once food has cooled down, freeze as soon as possible. It is recommended that fresh pureed homemade baby food be stored no longer than 48 hours. Never refreeze meals that have already been frozen and reheat foods more than once. Do not store baby food in an opened jars or ice cube tray. Select safe containers for refrigerator storage of baby foods. To freeze prepared baby food safely, put it into sealed, labeled and dated containers. 



Here are simple and quick Pureed Baby Food Recipes to Store in the Fridge or Freezer

1. Bananas Delight - Ripe bananas may be pureed or mashed and fed to your baby directly.



2. Yummy Fresh Fruit - 3/4 cup assorted ripe fruits (apple, banana, avocado). Puree in steamer and blender. Freeze and Serve.
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