- The best way to retain nutrients in food is to steam.
- Use a colander over a pot of boiling water or buy a steamer saucepan.
- Boiling is a very simple way to cook, but be mindful not to over cook the food.
- Boil in minimal water and use the cooking water when blending food.
- Avoid lifting the lid on boiling food too often as this releases food nutrients.
- Invest in a small food processor or mini/stick blender. These are so easy to clean and can be pulled out of the drawer in an instant.
- Invest in some decent BPA free baby food storage containers. The ice-cube styles with lids are perfect for single serve purees.
- Once frozen, pop out the purees and place in a freezer proof plastic bag. Label each bag with ingredients and the date it was frozen.
- Cover, cool and refrigerate cooked meat immediately.
- Keep cooked food for no more than two days in airtight containers.
- After you have cooked a meal, add a bit of extra boiled water then freeze immediately in small portions.
- Every evening select from the freezer the food you plan to feed your baby and place in the fridge to defrost.
- Do not refreeze meals that have already been thawed.
- If in doubt, throw it out.
- Reheat thawed or refrigerate meals in a small amount of water in a saucepan or in the microwave.
- Heat to at least 70oC, or boil the juices for a few minutes to ensure food is cooked.
- Mix the food well once reheating, and always test the temperature before giving it to your baby.