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When Freezing Baby Food, Which Foods Work Best?


Updated June 27, 2014

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Question: When Freezing Baby Food, Which Foods Work Best?
When my baby begins to eat solid food, I plan on making my own baby food and storing it in the freezer. I'd like to know when freezing baby food, do certain foods freeze better than others?

I would say that all puréed baby foods are definitely not equal when they come out of the ice box. Some come out of the freezer perfectly fine, others experience minor discoloration, and yet others are a complete flop. What works and what doesn't work can vary greatly depending on the variety of food you are using and your storing process, but this list might give you an idea of what to expect.

Puréed Baby Foods That Typically Freeze Well

Most likely you'll have the greatest success with freezing these foods:

  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Squash (acorn, butternet, winter, and pumpkin)
  • Sweet Potato

Puréed Baby Foods That May Brown or Discolor When Frozen

Browning and discoloring is pretty par for the course with some purées. Generally, this doesn't affect nutritional value or flavor, so it isn't something that should concern or alarm you. The reason why store-bought jarred foods look so pretty is that additives are included to stop the unslightly discoloration. Likewise, there are things that you can do to prevent baby foods from browning.

  • Apples
  • Avocados, best when cut in half and frozen with a splash of lemon juice
  • Bananas, best frozen with skins on

Baby Foods That May Suffer Taste or Texture Problems When Frozen in Purée Form

Some foods may alter in taste and/or texture when frozen. Keep in mind these results are not definitive, and you might experience greater success with them.

  • Apricots
  • Citrus fruits
  • Eggs (hard boil, freeze whole or freeze cooked yellow/whites only)
  • Grapes (freeze whole or in halves)
  • Mangoes (freeze in chunk form)
  • Melons (freeze in chunk form)
  • Nectarines
  • Noodles (freeze whole)
  • Papaya (freeze chunked)
  • Pears (best when frozen in slices
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Prunes
  • Rice (cook and freeze whole)
  • Squash, zucchini and yellow
  • Tofu

Homemade baby food is a nutritious, cost effective option fo ryour little one. Enjoy the time when your baby begins solid foods.

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