Best Baby Food Options for Freezing

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All puréed baby foods are definitely not equal when they come out of the icebox. Some come out of the freezer perfectly fine, others experience minor discoloration, and yet others are a complete flop. What works and what doesn't work can vary greatly depending on the variety of food you are using and your storing process, but this list might give you an idea of what to expect.

Puréed Baby Foods That Typically Freeze Well

Most likely you'll have the greatest success with freezing these foods:

  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Squash (acorn, butternut, winter, and pumpkin)
  • Sweet Potato

Foods That May Brown or Discolor When Frozen

Browning and discoloring are pretty par for the course with some purées. Generally, this doesn't affect nutritional value or flavor, so it isn't something that should concern or alarm you.

  • Apples
  • Avocados, best when cut in half and frozen with a splash of lemon juice
  • Bananas, best frozen with skins on

The reason why store-bought jarred foods look so pretty is that additives are included to stop the unsightly discoloration. Likewise, there are things that you can do to prevent baby foods from browning.

Baby Foods That May Suffer Taste or Texture Problems 

Some foods may alter in taste and/or texture when frozen. Keep in mind these results are not definitive, and you might experience greater success with them.

  • Apricots
  • Citrus fruits
  • Eggs (hard boil, freeze whole or freeze cooked yellow/whites only)
  • Grapes (freeze whole or in halves)
  • Mangoes (freeze in chunk form)
  • Melons (freeze in chunk form)
  • Nectarines
  • Noodles (freeze whole)
  • Papaya (freeze chunked)
  • Pears (best when frozen in slices
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Prunes
  • Rice (cook and freeze whole)
  • Squash, zucchini, and yellow
  • Tofu

Homemade baby food is a nutritious, cost-effective option for your little one. Enjoy the time when your baby begins solid foods.

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