SPECIAL EVENTS

STORING

Freezing is a great way to store your gourmet baby food. Below is a list I pulled from WholesomeBabyFood.com that will give you a good idea as to what freezes well and what doesn’t. You do not need to freeze everything you make. But as you start making food for your little one, you will notice that you will have a lot leftover. Unless you plan on giving your infant the same thing for 3 days, freezing is a great option. However I have created menu options that use a single ingredient differently in case you do not want to freeze a certain puree. 

To freeze your baby food you will need an ice cube tray or the Beaba Multiportion trays. The ice cube trays will allow you to freeze 1 ounce portions per cube making it very easy to calculate just how much you are feeding your baby. The Beaba trays carry more food per  cavity (1/4 cup per cavity). 

Before using your ice cube tray or Beaba Multiportion tray, please thoroughly clean it. Some people dip the trays into boiling water to make sure it’s as sterile as possible. 

Place purees in your trays and freeze them thoroughly. Once completely frozen, place cubes into freezer bags, label the bags, date them as well and place the bags in the freezer. 

Some people say you can freeze baby food for 8-12 months but I would suggest no more 3 months. But it’s up to you.

 

 

 

FRUITS

 

Apples              May turn brown [cooked] - freeze in slices for a nice teething reliever [raw]

Avocados         May turn brown when pureed - best frozen in halves with a bit of lemon juice [raw]

Apricots           May not freeze solid and texture may be altered [raw or cooked]

Bananas         May brown when pureed - best way to freeze, cut in half, wrap then freeze [raw]

Blueberries     Freeze well whole or pureed - may thaw to a watery consistency [raw or cooked]

Melons           May be gritty/watery when thawed - best frozen raw in chunks [raw or cooked]

Cherries         Freeze well whole or pureed - may thaw to a watery consistency [raw or cooked]

Citrus             Does not freeze well

Coconut         Does not freeze well

Cranberries    Freeze well whole or pureed - may thaw to a watery consistency [raw or cooked]

Figs                Unknown

Grapes           Freeze well when frozen whole, halved or quartered [ raw]

Kiwi                May be gritty/watery when thawed [raw]

Mango            May be gritty/watery when thawed - best frozen in chunks [raw or cooked]

Nectarines      Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed - freeze in chunks [raw or cooked]

Peaches         Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed - freeze in chunks [raw or cooked]

Papaya           Freezes well, may be gritty/watery when thawed -freeze in chunks [raw or cooked]

Pears              Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed [raw or cooked]

Persimmons   Unknown

Plums             Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed [raw or cooked]

Prunes           Freeze well but may not freeze solid and texture may be altered [raw or cooked]

Pumpkin        Freezes well [cooked]

Strawberries   Freeze well whole & raw or simmered into a puree or sauce/syrup

 

VEGETABLES

 

Asparagus     Freezes well but may be watery when thawed - best frozen in pieces

Broccoli        Freezes well but may be watery when thawed - best frozen in pieces

Beans            Freeze well but may be gritty/watery when thawed - best frozen in pieces

Beets             Freeze well

Carrots          Freeze well

Cauliflower   Freezes well but may be watery when thawed - best frozen in pieces

Corn              Freezes well but may be watery when thawed - best frozen without being pureed

Cucumber     Does not freeze well

Eggplant       Freezes well but may be watery when thawed - best frozen without pureeing

Leeks            Mixed results, best frozen within another dish/meal

Onions          Mixed results, best frozen within another dish/meal

Parsnips        Freezes well but may be gritty/watery when thawed

Peas              Freeze well but may be gritty/watery when thawed

Peppers        Mixed results, best frozen within another dish/meal

Potato          Freezes well but may be gritty/watery when thawed

Sweet Potato  Freezes well

Spinach        Mixed results 

Squash         Freezes well

Zucchini      Freeze well but may be very gritty/watery when thawed

Tomatoes    Best frozen as a "sauce", may be watery when thawed

Turnip         Freezes well but may be gritty/watery when thawed;

 

MEATS/PROTEINS 

 

Beef              Mixed Results - may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces

Chicken        Mixed Results - may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces

Eggs             Do not freeze well pureed but freeze with mixed results when scrambled or fried

Fish              Mixed Results - may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces

Pork             Mixed Results - may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces

Tofu             Mixed Results - may be very gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in chunks in water

Turkey         Mixed Results - may be gritty/watery when thawed; freeze in cooked pieces

 

GRAINS

 

Barley           Mixed Results - may be rubbery/gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed

Buckwheat    Mixed Results - may be rubbery/gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed

Flax  N/A

Kamut           Mixed Results - may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed

Millet            Mixed Results - may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed

Oatmeal        Mixed Results - may be rubbery/gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed

Pasta             Does not freeze well - may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen whole

Quinoa         Mixed Results - may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed

Rice             Mixed Results - may be rubbery or gritty when thawed, best frozen not pureed