- Freeze as quickly as possible (either quickly after cooking the meal or right when fruit is perfectly ripe) to retain nutrients
- Freeze fresh, organic when possible (note: Mr. B began baby food in winter time and even in modern times some foods are not available fresh even non-organic such as plums, so I wish I had frozen ahead of time...although it gave me opportunity to find out he likes prunes...weirdo in the making, I know)
- Freeze in a new state of being to retain nutrients. For example, do not thaw already frozen foods and freeze unless you cook them first.
- IQF foods make easy baby food.
I used to take cherries, blueberries, mangoes, spinach, peas, etc that I bought frozen and thaw only one portion and since they are loose in the bag thanks to IQF, this was easy and yet still homemade and preservative free
- Freeze all purees thick. I never thinned prior to freezing because I preferred to thin as needed with breastmilk to increase nutrients and as he got older i still had previously frozen cubes that I did not have to waste because the thicker purees were preferred.
- Freeze in ice cube trays and then transfer to gallon size bags. I did the research and all major makers of these that I looked up report to be BPA free (yea, a small victory for moms)
- Freeze in 1/2 ounce portions, which is contrary to available advice, but my kid only ate small amounts. So even when he got older the smaller portions allowed me to offer him a variety of foods to increase nutritional value
- Most things can be frozen. I had no trouble feeding even frozen cooked grains once thinned. He did not mind a small texture change. Even avocados will freeze if first pureed with fresh, ripe mango, which is highly nutritious and the combo seemed to keep the mango from browning. And I try all his food and this was so yummy and creamy. They are great as baby Popsicles for teething or fever
- Frozen baby food does not mean single ingredient items. For example, I freeze cooked grains with the fruit in it, lentils cooked with onions and herbs, custards, soups, mixed fruit purees, bean dip, even yogurt and breast milk with no trouble.
- Here is a link to the freezer tray I recommend because it is BPA free, comes with a cover, and has 1/2 ounce portions.
I still use this to store food for Mr. B because he does not always like what he eat and at times needs a meal when family watches him.
Here is a picture of it filled with coconut brown rice that I froze recently. At his age he needs the nutritious fat, so this is a great add -on to any meal. And if he tires of it during a meal, it makes the best all natural shrapnel a 15 month old can find.
with the lid on
with the lid off
Coconut Brown Rice
Keeping it cold,