Warning: How Long Does Homemade Baby Food Last In Freezer?

How long does food last in the freezer

You wake up in the morning and take out a frozen 4 oz container of homemade baby food from the freezer. And you let it defrost in the fridge, thinking to yourself that you will use it later to feed your baby. But, the question still lingers around your head. How long does homemade baby food last in freezer? Is the frozen homemade baby food still the same healthy baby food when you first made it?

Freezing food is safe. The freezing process itself does not destroy nutrients. It keeps food safe by slowing down the movement of molecules and bacteria. But these bacteria will become active again if not thaw properly, as it can lead to food borne illness. Remember that bacteria will grow at the same rate as microorganisms on fresh food. So you must handle the thawed items as you would with any perishable food. Only defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or as part of the reheating process. Never defrost baby foods by leaving them at room temperature or in standing water, as in a pan or bowl.

Remember that certain books give freezer time guidelines based on uncooked and raw ingredients. Baby food purees increases the amount of water crystals which freezes nutrients with them. When thawing, these nutrients may leach or evaporate because of the water crystals.It is recommended to use the frozen baby food as soon as possible for guaranteed freshness. Keep frozen baby food in the freezer for up to 3 months for optimal quality and nutrient retention. But they are safe to remain in the freezer up to a maximum of 6 months.

Thawed food must be use within 48 hours from the time you took it out from the freezer. When feeding time’s over, throw out any leftover food in the baby’s dish or the serving dish. Do not refreeze baby food that have been thawing in the refrigerator. As long as your baby didn’t suck directly from the pouch, you can still refrigerate the leftover food in the pouch. Saliva encourages bacterial growth and lead to food born illness.

I tend to make baby food puree that usually last 1 week at most. I cannot imagine freezing baby food for that long as my baby eats 3-4 times a day. So to answer your question, “how long does homemade baby food last in freezer?” I would suggest you use it within 3 months.

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