As your little one gets older, freezing your homemade purees in ice cube-sized portions certainly won’t be big enough. At one point, I was taking 3-5 cubes out a time for feeding when I finally realized I needed to freeze in larger portions! We found two great options.
Gerber Graduates Bunch-a-Bowls
Once you’ve made your puree, lay out a few of these bowls, and fill them to your desired serving size. Then place the bowls on a cookie sheet, and pop them in the freezer until they set. Once they set, you can pop the portions out of the bowls and into freezer storage bags. Remember to label your bags with contents and date. Purees can be stored in a non-frost-free freezer for up to three months.
You know how you can buy all sorts of pre-made purees in those cute little pouches at the store? The good news is you can buy reusable pouches and fill them yourself! There are lots of brands out there, but I like Nature’s Little Squeeze. The bottom unzips, so just pour in your puree, and zip them shut! They have a double zipper to keep them from leaking and to create a great seal in the freezer. Be careful not to fill them too full, or you’ll have some coming out when you try to zip it shut. They have a fill line, but I found it better to stay about a quarter inch below the line. I like to store the full pouches in a freezer storage bag too, so I can label the bag. As your little one gets older, they can even eat right from the pouch. They’re great for any type of pureed food – smoothies, applesauce, you name it! When they’re empty, simply wash them out (dishwasher safe!), let them dry, and use them again. Lost a cap? All the caps from the store-bought pouches will fit as a replacement.
Making homemade foods was so great for us! Baby food is crazy expensive at the store. While it’s convenient and great in a pinch, I didn’t want it to be our only option. Making our own at home was easy and inexpensive, and it allowed me to completely control what our little one was eating.