How to Store Homemade Baby Food in the Refrigerator

By Stacey Schifferdecker

Commercial baby foods may be convenient, but they are also expensive and may be full of starch and sugars that reduce their nutritional value.Preparing homemade baby food is an economical and healthy way to feed your baby that is probably easier than you think. All you need to do is cook your fruits, vegetables, or meat and then puree it in a blender or food processor. Of course, you want your baby food to be safe, so follow these guidelines for storing your homemade baby food in the refrigerator.

Prepare a small batch of homemade baby food, enough for one or two days. Pureed fruits may spoil after only one day, while pureed vegetables and meats are typically good for two days.

As soon as you finish pureeing the baby food, spoon it into the shallow container. It is important that you begin chilling the baby food right away, before bacteria can begin to grow. Using a shallow container ensures that the pureed baby food chills quickly once you get it in the refrigerator.

Put the lid on the container, ensuring that it fits tightly. A tight fit will help the pureed food stay fresh longer.

Write the date and the food item on the sticker label and put it on the lid. Without this label, you won't be able to tell whether your bowl has pureed carrots or sweet potatoes; you also may not remember how old the pureed baby food is and whether it is still safe to use. Remember that pureed baby food stored in the refrigerator only last for two days. For longer-term storage, consider using your freezer instead.

Place the container of homemade baby food into the refrigerator until your baby's next mealtime.

About the Author

Stacey Schifferdecker has worked as a professional writer since 1989. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University. Schifferdecker has written and edited user guides, newsletters, brochures, curriculum, proposals, web copy, and ebooks.