Best Baby Food Storage 2017

Best Baby Food Storage 2017

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017 @ 7:22 pmThe Best Baby Food Storage 2017. The Popfex baby food freezer tray ($15) is our top pick for best baby food storage. For parents who want to make single serve portions of their own baby food, Popfex makes storage easy.

New to baby food prep? Read our Hints on Making Your Own Baby Food for advice and tips.

The Popfex comes with a rigid plastic lid to prevent freezer burn and allow for stacking in your freezer compartment. Portion sizes are 2.3 ounces and they pop out of the flexible silicone tray easily. While it doesn’t make as many servings as other trays, the ease of removal and cleaning are pluses. Parents love the Popflex giving it a 94% positive rating on Amazon (that’s four and five star ratings).

The Best Baby Food Storage

Popfex Silicone Freezer Tray

The Popfex silicone freezer tray lets you store seven 2.3 ounce servings in it’s tray. The lid helps stop freezer burn and keeps the portions fresh. The tray can be cleaned in the dishwasher and is microwave safe.

 

Best Baby Food Storage Set

OXO Tot 12-Piece Baby Blocks Storage Containers

Best Baby Food Storage Set. OXO Tot Baby Blocks ($10 to $20) is another great option for top baby food storage set. Sold in sets of of ten with 2 to 4 oz. containers with trays, Baby Blocks have handy measurement markings and can be washed in the dishwasher, warmed in the microwave and frozen as well. One caveat: careful cleaning is needed to make sure food doesn’t stick in the seal (or that the seal doesn’t pop out). Overall, however, Baby Blocks are a winner in ease of use and durability.

Best Feeding Pouches

Infantino Squeeze Pouches

Infantino makes a single use pouch you can fill with your own meal preparations.

Best Feeding Pouches. Infantino Squeeze Pouches ($13 for 50 ) are our top pick for single-use pouches. While the pouches are a winner, we don’t recommend the related Infantino Squeeze Station to fill these pouches—instead get a pastry bag or cupcake injector to fill them.

Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches

Squooshi designs are bright and colorful–very popular with kids.

For reusable pouches, we recommend the Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches ($17 to $20 for eight pouches, pictured). They fill from the bottom and seal with a double zip. The designs are bright and colorful; cleaning is easy (they can be washed in the dishwasher top rack). One complaint: the nozzle can be hard on baby’s teeth and gums, so consider using silicone Sip ‘n Soft tops made by Choomee; they work well with these pouches.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing baby food storage options since 2011. In addition to hands on testing of freezer trays, storage containers and fillable pouches, we have combed the parent reviews about reliability, ease of use and cleanability posted on sites like Babies R Us and Amazon, as well as our own message boards.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear since 1994. Yes, that long!

How we picked a winner

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We evaluate baby food storage solutions with in-depth inspections, checking models for overall quality and ease of use— freezing and microwaving them then throwing them in the dishwasher–any abuse we can think of. We also gather significant reader feedback (our book, Baby Bargains has over 1 million copies in print), tracking baby food storage gear on quality and durability. Besides interviewing parents, we also regularly talk with retailers and consumer appliance experts to see which brands are most trustworthy and other key quality metrics.

Hints on Making Your Own Baby Food

Making your own baby food is clearly on the rise. In fact, the New York Times reported last year that commercial baby food sales have declined 4% per year since 2005 (measured in volume consumed). Yes, some of that might be because of a decline in births, but the commercial manufacturers of baby food are plenty worried. They’re trying to improve sales with new flavors and “sexy” packaging (not our adjective, the Times said that).

Our home office pediatrician expert and co-author of Baby 411, Dr. Ari Brown, applauds parents who want to make their own food:

“It’s actually preferable to offer food from your table. That way, your baby will get used to your cooking! Yes, you can use seasonings, herbs and spices. Just limit the amount of salt and use iodized salt if you must add it. It’s not that hard. Trust me, I’d never make it on ‘Top Chef’ but even I could make baby food.”

So grab a food processor and go for it. We review baby food processors here.

Now that you have decided to make at least some of your baby’s solid food, how do you store it so it doesn’t spoil? Surprisingly, there are more options for baby food storage than you might think.

First, you need something small. Two to four oz. portions are considered ideal for babies just starting out with solid food. Then you have to decide how to store it. Do you want to freeze or refrigerate extra servings? Do you want to be able to microwave them to bring them up to room temperature? Do you prefer glass to plastic? How about single use or reusable storage? And finally, consider whether you’ll need to travel with baby food—some options are easier to take with you than others.

There are three basic choices for baby food storage:

  1. Freezer trays. We know, you’re asking, “why can’t we just used an ice cube tray?” Good question. You could, but you’ll have to remove the baby food blocks once they freeze and store them in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Specialized baby food freezer trays, on the other hand, have a lid that helps avoid freezer burn. These are usually BPA-free silicon trays divided into single, 2 oz. serving with a plastic top. Freezer trays are just for freezing—you pop the serving out of the tray and warm it in a microwave safe bowl or defrost it in the fridge.
  2. Storage sets. No doubt you’ve been using plastic or glass storage containers with snap-on lids for years. Now they make special sets just for baby food. These containers often have measurements marked on the side of the container, leak-proof lids and stacking storage trays. Individual containers can be defrosted and heated in the microwave. The only issue: if you want to freeze a large batch of baby food, storage sets have a major limitation—you can’t remove portions from these sets once they are frozen to put in freezer bags and free them up for more batches.
  3. Feeding pouches. You may have seen commercial baby food in pouches (like Sprout and Ella’s) at the grocery store. Now you can buy the pouches yourself and fill them with your own foods. You have two choices with pouches: single use (recyclable) or reusable. The pouches can be frozen (don’t overfill, though!) or refrigerated, but not microwaved. Instead, you’ll have to warm them in a hot water bath.

So now that you know a bit more about baby food storage, check out our reviews of brands you can buy for your own home made baby food.

Reviews of 15+ Baby Food Storage Options

The Best Baby Food Storage

Popfex Silicone Freezer Tray

The Popfex silicone freezer tray lets you store seven 2.3 ounce servings in it’s tray. The lid helps stop freezer burn and keeps the portions fresh. The tray can be cleaned in the dishwasher and is microwave safe.

 

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