Best Baby Food Storage 2018
Best Baby Food Storage 2018
Last Updated: The Best Baby Food Storage 2018. The Popfex baby food freezer tray ($14.95) 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.
Our readers love the Popflex for its overall quality and durability; and it scores high online with folks giving it a verified 94% positive rating on Amazon (that’s four and five star ratings).
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 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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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