Top 5 Questions from Readers – Answered! Question #4
What is the Best Way to Heat and Serve Frozen Baby Puree?
So you now have some delicious baby food either sitting in the fridge or chillin away in the freezer, now what? This is the beginning of the most exciting part – feeding your little one the food that YOU made! So take it easy and relax. It’s beyond simple.
For Stove Top Method
- Take desired amount of frozen cubes [each cube will be roughly 1 ounce of food] or thawed puree out of fridge and spoon desired amount into a small sauce pan.
- You never want to feed baby directly from a large container of food, this might lead to the contamination of the food.
- On low, gently heat puree, stirring often. Puree should be warm but not hot.
- Transfer warmed baby puree to baby’s bowl, serve and enjoy.
For Microwave Method
- Take desired amount of frozen cubes or thawed puree and place into a glass microwave safe bowl with paper towel on top to prevent splatters. Do not use regular plastic wrap, the plastic may contain toxic substances that are released when heated.
- Heat food in 15 seconds increments, stir well and test hotness. Adding more time if needed.
- You are aiming to heat the food to a warm but not hot temperature. Baby’s mouth is more sensitive to heat then adult’s.
- Transfer warm baby puree to baby bowl, serve and enjoy.
- Place desired amount of frozen cubes or thawed puree into a small bowl and then place that bowl in a larger bowl filled with hot water. You can also do this with a pan of warm water on the stove, add the smaller bowl to a pot of water that you have warmed.
- This method will take 10-20 minutes.
- Once heated, stir and transfer to baby’s bowl.
- Serve and enjoy.
Thawing Frozen Cubes in Fridge
- Place desired frozen cubes into glass container with a lid and leave in fridge until thawed, this takes roughly 12 hours.
- You don’t necessarily need to heat all of baby’s food. Some babies love their food warmed, others prefer it chilled or even at room temperature. Get to know which method your baby prefers and go with that one.
- It is a good idea to get them used to cold or room temperature food in case you are out and about for the day and don’t have access to heating their food.
- Never leave purees on the counter overnight to thaw.
- Do not reheat purees more then once and do not save your baby’s half eaten food.