Thawing Baby Food Cubes

Preparing Frozen Homemade Baby Food Safely

Frozen pureed carrot cubes in tied-up transparent plastic freezer bag
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Freezing baby food into cubes is a popular method of storing it into portion-sized amounts. When it comes time to thaw the baby food cubes, you have a few choices of safe methods of preparation.

Thawing Baby Food Cubes in the Microwave

Though microwaves themselves can stir up a bit of a debate on how they safe they may or may not be, many parents do choose to heat their baby food in one. You'll need to decide for yourself whether you are comfortable using a microwave.

If so, be sure to follow these tips:

  • Because microwaves cause hot spots in food, be sure to stir the baby food thoroughly to obtain a consistent temperature throughout the puree.
  • Be sure to use a microwave safe container.
  • Place a lid or plastic wrap over the container to trap in moisture and improve how evenly the baby food heats.
  • If your microwave does not rotate the dish, be sure to turn it half way through the heating process.
  • Always test the food for the proper temperature before feeding it to your baby.

Refrigerator Thawing of Baby Food

A rather simple method of thawing baby food is to move it all servings for the next day's meals from the freezer to the refrigerator. Be sure that the portions are in a covered container rather than an open one. This will help prevent bacteria contamination.

Thawing Baby Food Cubes in Warm Water

You have two ways of thawing baby food using warm water as the heating element.

One is to place the container of baby food inside a larger container of hot water. One cube generally thaws within 10-20 minutes of being submersed.

Additionally, you can place the container into a pot of hot water that you have on low heat on the stove. This generally thaws the food more quickly than just hot tap water.

Storing Thawed Baby Food in the Refrigerator

Like store-bought baby food, you can store thawed baby food in the refrigerator for 72 hours. Be sure it is in a sealed container to prevent contamination.

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