Baby food containers come in a variety of sizes and materials, and are intended for different types of storage. Glass and BPA free plastic are the most common. Glass containers are more expensive than plastic but many (not all) are dishwater, freezer, microwave, and refrigerator safe, offering maximum flexibility and convenience. Plastic is lighter, less expensive and will never shatter.
Storing and Reheating Baby Food
First and foremost: always throw away any uneaten leftover food in the baby’s dish!
Other ways to keep your baby’s food safe:
- Never allow cooked food to stand at room temperature for more than 2 hours (or more than one hour when the temperature is above 90 degrees)
- Do not store prepared baby food in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours for meat, poultry, fish, and eggs or more than 48 hours for fruits and vegetables.
- Thoroughly reheat refrigerated or frozen food to an internal temperature of 165 ºF.
- Never defrost baby foods by leaving them at room temperature or in standing water.
To freeze prepared baby food safely, put it into labeled and dated containers. You may freeze it for up to one month.