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#1 axiomae

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:01 AM

DDs been on solids having 1-2 "meals" a day for about a month and I'm about to start feeding her 3 times a day. She doesn't eat much yet so I've been using baby food from jars but I'm about to start making homemade puree. I've saved the old jars - does anyone know if I can freeze them? I have no idea but would be great to reuse what I already have.

#2 brangisnotaword

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

It's a bit of a fiddle.  You have to boil them up and have them sterile when you add the puree to them.

I used to freeze the home made puree in ice block trays, then you just pop the frozen blocks out and store them in plastic bags in the freezer and grab a couple as you need them.

#3 Escapin

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:11 AM

I wouldn't freeze the jars, simply because when you come to defrost, if you do that in the microwave there's a chance the glass might break/explode.

I did the iceblock trays/plastic bags combo and it was easy and worked a treat.

#4 ~chiquita~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:23 AM

I'd stick with ice cube trays.

#5 axiomae

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

Okay, thanks everyone!

#6 agnodice

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:51 AM

Other option is the squeezy pouches with the spout. You can buy empty reusable ones made by Cherub Baby from a huge variety of online stockists. I find the squeezy pouch so much easier than spoons and bowls when we're out!

#7 sunflowers81

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:34 AM

I used to freeze my baby food into silicone 12 hole cupcake/muffin trays - they freeze really well, are the perfect portion size and are easy to pop out.

*edited to correct spelling!

Edited by sunflowers81, 13 December 2012 - 01:27 PM.

#8 ajb2205

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

Look for Qubies. They're like an ice cube tray but without individual holes - you just pour in the purée and then the lid has the dividers. Freeze & then pop out into a resealable bag. Easy peasy!

#9 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

I have put the jars in the freezer with no problems. I never defrosted them in the microwave though, only in the fridge over night and would then empty the food into the bowl before warming.
I also never sterilized them. shrug.gif

#10 FiveAus

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

I used to freeze baby food in glass jars. I'd wash them in hot soapy water, then rinse and soak in the same solution that's used for sterilising baby bottles.

Fill the jars 2/3 full so you leave room for expansion, and defrost on the kitchen bench (or in the fridge during summer).

#11 axiomae

Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:58 PM

Love the idea of the muffing tray! And good to know that I could use the jars, thanks all original.gif

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