Today’s topics are babies and baby food storage. This is a neat topic we want to discuss since so many parents are concerned with storing and meal prep for babies. What you need to know is in the article we have prepared today. Every parent will go through a meticulous task of preparing what is best for their baby, but what to do with food that is leftover from the meal?
Do you throw it or store it? If you are apparent that will prepare the healthiest and best food for your baby then nothing should be thrown away. When you start introducing solid foods in your baby’s diet there is so much that they can eat and prepare just how much they can take in is very difficult, hence the need for the article today.
We will tell you just what you can do with the leftover food and how to safely store it for later use. Believe it or not, this is a problem that many parents face and thanks to uCan Packaging and companies like them we now have a lot more options when it comes to the safe storage of baby food.
Below we will tell you a bit about that with some neat tricks that will come in handy.
1. Use small containers
Storing baby food is just like storing food for us adults. It is the same process but there is a thing you have to pay attention to – bigger containers are not functional most of the time and you are left with a lot of wasted food. Thankfully now you can opt for baby size containers that also serve as a portion measurement.
Now you can have a container for every meal of the day precisely calculated so it serves as a full meal to your bellowed ones, appropriate with their age of course. What is a neat little trick is that you can use food-safe freezer trays that are the right size for a single meal for a baby. They are awesome because they can be stored both in a fridge and a freezer.
You can fill it up with food and take out a cube whenever your baby is due to have a meal. This way it’s very neat, clean, organized and safe. When they start growing and ask for bigger meals then you can switch to those a bit bigger baby food containers and use those until you need to size up again.
2. What materials to use?
Another awesome question and another big problem that parents have, but we come prepared. If you check out the market for these then you can see that you have a few options. You can opt for either glass or aluminium containers that are pretty much the safest ones in terms of long-term preservation since they do not contain any contain chemicals such as BPA.
These come with either plastic or aluminium caps and are awesome for food preservation, especially for your young ones. Other options, as we mentioned are plastic and silicone containers. The important thing to note here is to look for materials that are rated for food storage and that do not contain bad materials.
That way you are safe and you know that your food will not go bad after some time, or God forbid, that you might hurt your kids in any way possible. Every material that you choose has its pros and cons and can be used in different situations, so do not stray away from any of them, just find a way to use them the best way possible.
Silicon is great for food preservations since it isn’t made out of plastic but from other elements. It will not leach any chemicals into the food which is a huge advantage, as well as the fact that is flexible and allows for easy food removal as well as maintenance. The only thing for you to check is that you are buying a food-grade safe and petroleum-free silicone container.
Glass and aluminium are great for the storage of baby food. They are both a non-porous material meaning the food stored in them will not absorb any smells and odours from other foods surrounding them. They are great for preheating the food, meaning you don’t have to switch containers to heat the food you can do it in these easily. The only thing to check here is that they are freezer safe and for glass that is microwave safe as well.
Plastic has to be BPA and BPS safe to be used as a baby food container. This is very important to know and plastic is a neat thing to use when you are on the go. The plastic is light and it doesn’t break easily so it can be taken on trips and walks without being scared that a bump might break it or bend it. A suggestion is to not reheat the baby food inside the plastic containers because plastic absorbs smell, odours and colours which you don’t want.
3. Lid and trays
Other things that should be mentioned here as a really good thing to have are lids and trays. They play a very big role when it comes to saving baby foods. Every container you use without the lid will not serve its pulpous fully. Every container with the lid will preserve the baby food fresh and will avoid freezer burns.
Having a tray is also super functional and this one is more to help you organize and find your way than to help preserve the baby food. We said we will have a few tricks besides the main topic so stick with us. Trays that go with your containers will help you organize the food for your youngest ones. You can go by day, week or month and all of your baby food will be together.
Some treys allow stacking up so you can both be organized and save a lot of space in your refrigerator or your freezer. So, we hope that we managed to help you at least a bit. All of these things on our list are easily obtainable and easy to use. If you like safety organization and if you like food preparation then none of this should give you any trouble. We also hope that a few of these tricks and pieces of advice will help you in your efforts to be the best parent you can be! Best of luck and thanks!