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Freezing baby food

As a baby only eats tiny amounts especially in the early stages ofweaning it saves time to make up larger quantities of puree and freeze extra portions in ice-cube trays or small plastic freezer pots for future meals. Thus in a couple of hours you can prepare enough food for your baby for a month using the weekly menu planners.

• Once food has cooled down, freeze as soon as possible.

• Freeze baby food in a flexible ice-cube tray with a lid, which you should label clearly with the contents and expiry date.

• Thaw foods by either taking them out of the freezer several hours before a meal, heating gently in a saucepan or defrosting in a microwave. Always reheat foods thoroughly, allow cooling and testing the temperature of the food before giving it to your baby. If reheating in a microwave, make sure that you stir the food to get rid of any hot spots.

Never refreeze meals that have already been frozen. The exception to this is that raw frozen food can be returned to the freezer once it is cooked. For example cooked frozen peas can be re-frozen.

Do not reheat foods more than once.

The temperature of your freezer should be 0F (-18C) or below.

Baby purees will keep for 8 weeks.



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