Baby Food: Make It Yourself
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• Run a spatula between the food puree and side of the jar to remove any air bubbles or pockets. This will allow you to fit more in the jar and produce the highest quality end product.
• Apply the cap to the jar. When using glass jars, you may want to use plastic storage caps, which are great when freezing.
• Label each jar or storage container with the name of the food puree and the date the food was prepared before freezing. Use a permanent marker when labeling.
• Store in the freezer at or below 0°F for up to two months. Freezing is the only recommended preserving method for longer-term storage of homemade baby food. Home canning is not a recommended method because pureed foods are too thick for proper heat penetration.
• Thaw in the refrigerator before use.
LAUREN DEVINE is a representative from Ball test kitchens. Ball makes two reusable options for freezer storage: Ball Regular Mouth (4 oz) Quilted Crystal Glass Jelly Preserving Jars and Ball Plastic (8 oz) Freezer Jars. The glass jars are perfect for individual portions; the plastic ones have twist-on lids to prevent spills and stack on top of one another for efficient storage.