Storing baby food properly is very important. A baby’s stomach is much more sensitive than an adult’s stomach, which means that a baby can easily get a stomachache or diarrhea from eating foods that have not been properly stored. The following tips for baby food storage can help you to know how to keep a baby’s food fresh.

Storing Food in the Freezer

Baby food that will not be eaten in the next day or two should always be frozen. You can put puree in an ice cube tray if you want, as this will make it easy to divide the food into portions; these portions can then be reheated as needed. Additionally, baby food can be stored in a clean, plastic container with a matching lid or a zip lock plastic bag.

Storing Food in the Refrigerator

Foods that will be eaten later that day or the next day can be stored in the refrigerator. However, you should always put the food on the shelf and never in the door. A plastic container that can be properly sealed should be used for baby food stored in the fridge. Food stored in the fridge should be thrown out if your baby does not eat it in the next day or two.

When Not to Store Baby Food

There are times when it is best to throw out baby food instead of storing it. If a baby has started eating a portion of his or her food but does not want to finish it, then the leftovers should always be tossed out. The reason for this is that the baby’s saliva will spoil food no matter where it is stored.

Baby foods should only be reheated once. If you have cooked it, stored it and then reheated it, do not try to store it again for a later date. Heating food up again and again is not healthy for your baby.

Some foods should never be stored. Mashed bananas, for instance, turn brown when stored in either the refrigerator or freezer. While the bananas are still technically “good”, they look pretty gross and most babies will not want to eat brown banana puree. Mashed avocados also turn brown when stored, as do cut fruits such as apples, pears and peaches.

It is important to prepare your baby’s food right, but it is equally important to store it right. How baby food is store will affect how long it stays good and whether or not any nutrients are lost during the storage process. If you follow the tips mentioned above, then you can rest assured that your baby will have good, healthy food to eat at all times. However, I would like to note that every baby is different and some babies have a stronger stomach than others. If your baby seems to have a sensitive stomach or tends to get sick after eating food that has been properly stored and reheated, then you should always err on the safe side and throw food out if you think it may no longer be good for your little one.

6 Comments on Food Safety Tips: How to Properly Store Homemade Baby Food {Guest Post}

  1. mamawee
    October 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm (5 years ago)

    great post – I made my own baby food for a short while with my kids, and I did a lot of research before hand to make sure that they were safe

  2. Cheryl
    October 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm (5 years ago)

    Great post! I always made all of my son’s baby food. There are so many safety items to consider.

  3. Sny Med
    October 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm (5 years ago)

    What an important post about proper baby food storage! I am so hesitant to store homemade food, as I am not sure if it will keep properly.


  4. Denise G
    October 25, 2012 at 3:36 am (5 years ago)

    Great post!! I agree better safe than sorry when it comes to food for the wee ones

  5. NPC
    October 26, 2012 at 2:30 am (5 years ago)

    These are great tips. I made all my girls food. Being safe is so important. Awesome post!

  6. Cosatto Baby Products
    October 29, 2012 at 9:46 am (5 years ago)

    There are so many safety tips to consider when preparing baby food, though I thought it is easy after I read the article I understood how much I should care about my baby’s food.


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