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Old 06-23-2007, 02:40 PM   #1
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Question about making/storing baby food

I want to start with making sweet potatoes- so I guess I just cook them up and mash them or put in the food processor- Does anyone know if I can store them in the Gerber plastic containers (for store bought baby food) and then freeze those? Do I just defrost them when I need to feed my daughter? Thanks for any tips you can give me- I can't wait to start! Would carrots be a good veggie to go with after her week or so on sweet potatoes? Thanks!

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Old 06-23-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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I used those containters. I also used ice cube trays to freeze baby food - easy 1 ounce servings. I always alternated orange and green veggies, b/c I heard if you feed the baby too much of one color, they will turn that color.
You are supposed to wait on carrots, beets, turnips, spinach, or collard greens until the baby is at least 7 months, because of the risk of nitrates in levels that would be considered safe for adults, but not for babies. Baby food manufacturers can test for nitrates, but we can't.
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A wonderful site to look at is wholesomebabyfood.com

I think you can store it those plastic containers if you want to, although I prefer to freeze in silicone rather than plastic. I found these great silicone mini-muffin pans that work really well.
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Can I freeze in glass containers? If I can find any that is...
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I did the ice cube trays and just stored them in baggies that were labeled once frozen. I would do up what evey we had left after dinner and freeze. That way I had a choice when it came time for DS to eat. He really didn't even start "solids" untill he was 6 or so months.
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I started out with carrot and then just made my way through the age appropraite chart form wholesome baby foods until I cleared all basic fruits and veggies to make sure that she had no allergies. Here is the link
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/solids2.htm

it is a great place for info on making your own baby food! I just made stuff and then put it in ice cube trays until frozen and then put into labeled ziploc bags.

here is another one of my favorite sites. I got some great recipes for meals that I can puree. i made fish chowder and a yummy pork stew last week that she just loves.
http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/

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Can I freeze in glass containers? If I can find any that is...
no because sometimes glass fragments bread free during the freezing and get in the food.
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Re: Question about making/storing baby food

Thanks for links. I have always made our baby food at home. I have a bunch of baby food cookbooks, but it never hurts to be more informed! I do the ice cube trays/ ziplocks in the freezer, too.

The sweet potatoes are the easiest... just wash them, prick them, and bake them till soft. When they cool, just scrape out the insides and mash with a fork. Winter squashes are super easy to bake, too. They also go really well with fruits. Sometimes I'll take a cube of winter squash and a cube of fruit and heat them together.

I invested about $10 in a little manual handcrank baby food processor.. you can get an electric one for about twice that. Different fruits and veges keep their nutritional value for different times. I, myself, would not want to store more than a month or two at most in the freezer. Small batches are great.

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