Storing Baby Food (using ice cube trays!)

Believe it or not, ice cube trays come in very handy when it comes to storing baby food.

I read about this idea in one of our baby cookbooks and knew I had to test it out.

Knowing how much Abigail loves Oatmeal, I decided to make a big batch…some for now (to be used within 3 days, stored in the fridge); some for later (to be used within 3 months, stored in the freezer).

So how did I store the oatmeal for later?   Like this…

Fill an ice cube tray with your prepared baby food

I know it may look strange, but it works so well!  The best part is that depending on the size of the ice cube tray you’ve selected, you can measure the “cubes” into 1 or 2 tablespoon measurements (and per the solid foods schedule below, everything is measured in tbsp amounts so it works out perfectly).

2 tablespoon portions

Before placing the ice cube trays back into the freezer, let the food cool for 30 minutes.  Once you’ve let it cool, let the tray do its thing in the freezer.  Once the food is frozen, it’ll look a little something like this…

Once again, I know it looks a little bizarre, but I think it’s a great way to store extra baby food (and a great time saver to be able to make large batches and not make new ones every 3 days).  Once the food is frozen, label (and date) a freezer bag, put the food in, and store it for up to 3 months…

Pretty snazzy, right?

Stay tuned for more adventures in solids!

Here are some resources for you if you’d like to learn more about Starting Solids:

  1. Starting Solids (General Guidelines)
  2. PDF: Sample Schedule for Starting Solids

Have fun and as always, let me know if you have any questions!

7x7xMommy

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