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Storing and Reheating Foods

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Storing and Reheating Foods

Storage

Your baby’s food needs to be stored properly to avoid spoilage and risk food safety. Here are some tips for storing their food:

  • Follow storage instructions on the labels of packaged food
  • Store your baby’s food in containers only used for food. Make sure they are clean and in good condition
  • Store raw foods separately from cooked food to prevent cross contamination
  • Food in cans and jars should be stored in a cool place
  • When opening baby food jars, listen for the ‘popping’ sound; this indicates that the jar’s seal was still intact. Do not consume the contents if you do not hear the pop
  • If only using a small amount of food from a jar or container, scoop out what you need and place it into a separate bowl. This will avoid contaminating the whole jar or container of food. Any food remaining in the jar or container should then be refrigerated
  • Cooked foods that you prepare in advance for your baby should be cooled, covered and stored in the fridge or freezer before reaching below 60°C
  • Check that your refrigerators temperature is 5°C or below. Store your cooked foods covered and on shelves above raw foods. Store raw meats on the bottom shelf of your fridge to prevent juices spilling onto other foods
  • Food stored in the refrigerator should be consumed within two or three days
  • Ice cube trays can be used to freeze your homemade food
  • Label and date foods you put in the freezer
  • Only freeze food once
  • Always consume foods before they reach their use by or best before date
  • If you are in any doubt about the age or safety of a particular food, throw it out.

Reheating

Although adults may have a preference to warm meat and vegetables, babies are yet to develop this inclination. However, when reheating foods here are some tips to consider:

  • Avoid leaving frozen foods to defrost on the kitchen bench at room temperature. It is best to put them in the refrigerator or microwave
  • If you are using a microwave, expect the food to continue heating for a little while even though you’ve removed it and be careful of hot spots
  • When re-heating food, heat until it is steaming hot to destroy any bacteria present
  • Remember to stir the food so it cooks evenly
  • Always test the temperature of your baby’s food before offering it
  • Do not reheat food more than once. If you’ve reheated food and your baby doesn’t finish it, discard the rest.

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