Saturday, May 14, 2011

storing baby food

i am a big fan of using these ice cube trays (with covers) for storing baby food. fresh, preservative-free food holds up fine for 2-3 days in the fridge, and about 2 weeks in the freezer. each cube is about 2 tablespoons (1 oz) in volume. as for serving frozen food, i place the frozen cubes into plastic or glass containers each night before bed, so that peanut has enough food for the following day. i recently purchased 16 libbey containers; they are 6.5 ounce glass bowls with plastic lids. they are perfect and hold 2-3 cubes! at 8 months, peanut is eating about 6-9 ounces of food per day. this requires 42-63 ounces of food per week. in an effort to provide a balanced diet with a variety of foods, i often remove cubes from the trays once frozen, and place them into sandwich sized bags. i then place the sealed, sandwich bags into freezer bags (which can be reused over and over), for storage in the freezer. it may be a good idea to label the bags in order to track the age and contents of each bag.

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