Freezing and reheating baby food

Freezing and reheating baby food

8 Rules to remember when preparing your child's foods

Lucille Beseler, RDN

Is co-author of Nurturing with Nutrition and a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representing over 100,000 Nutrition professionals, while also active as a clinical dietitian in South Florida.

Article in collaboration with: Melanie Bazarte, PhD

Rules to remember to ensure the safety of your baby's food

Freezing and reheating baby food
  • Rules for freezing
    • Never refreeze thawed cooked food, but thawed uncooked foods may be cooked and refrozen.
    • Freeze baby food in tightly sealed ice cube trays at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Freeze strained/pureed baby food up to 3 months, but only if necessary.
    • Pureed foods that do not freeze well are: banana, melon, avocado, and eggplant.
  • Rules for reheating
    • Pop only the cubes to be used out of tray. It's dangerous to reheat foods more than once.
    • Heat all the way through in pan or microwave until piping hot. Stir to prevent hot and cold spots.
    • Cool, and test temperature before feeding Baby.
    • Do not use plastic containers to heat foods in the microwave.

Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN

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