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The best baby food storage for your homemade purees and meals

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Glass baby food storage

When your baby is ready to wean, having the right baby food storage will help make the process easier for you to prepare meals for your little one without food going to waste.

Whether you’re pureeing your baby’s food or creating handy meals, storing your food in baby-friendly portions in the fridge or freezer will help to save leftovers while providing equally as nutritious meals as freshly prepared dinners.

Baby foods can only be reheated once and half-eaten meals can’t be saved as saliva carries bacteria, so having your puree divided into helpful portions will mean you’ll be able to cut back on food waste and save money too, while tailoring the flavours and textures of the puree to your baby's liking.

We've listed the best baby food storage pots, trays and pouches for you with some recipes your little one will love!

Shortlist of the best baby food storage

Types of baby food storage

There are different baby food storage options available, and the best choice for you depends on your meal preparation and what you need the storage for. If you're looking for multi-purpose storage for snacks and secure travelling, pots may be better suited but if you're planning to make delicious puree batches, pouches and freezer trays may be of more use.

Choosing ones that are dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe can also help to make your life easier when it comes to cleaning and reheating recipes.

Plastic pots

Plastic pots are a way to handily store leftovers in your fridge and some are made to be freezer-safe too. A great size for little portions, these lightweight pots are great for storing puree, meals and snacks that you can carry on the go. Make sure that your plastic pots are BPA free for your little one’s safety.

Freezer trays

At the beginning of the weaning process, your baby is likely to only want small portions and making quantities to suit might be fiddly and result in wasted ingredients. You can make batches up to go into ice cube trays for little mouths, or specially-made freezer trays, designed for storing, sealing and popping out portions when needed.

 

Baby food pouches

Reusable pouches are great for puree storage, offering a flexible and lightweight solution that can be used on the go. Soft pouch tops allow teething babies to comfortably chew from all angles while snacking without hurting their soft tender gums and help little ones to self-feed holding their purees, compotes, smoothies, soups and yoghurt.

Glass storage containers

Glass jars and containers provide an ideal way to store homemade baby food if you’d rather avoid plastic. Made from sustainable and durable materials, these jars are great for fridge/freezer storage, reheating and easy cleaning. They are likely to last longer and less likely to stain, absorb smells or warp in extreme temperatures.

How long can you keep baby food in the fridge/freezer?

Baby food can be kept in the fridge and used within two days (one day for rice), or you can pop your puree in the freezer to keep it for longer. Cooked food can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. Freezing helps to lock in the nutrients and prevents the growth of bacteria so your baby’s food will stay safe.

If you’re popping multiple batches in the fridge or freezer, make sure to label and date the portions as you would with normal leftovers so you can keep track of the ones that are reaching their best before and so you know what needs using first.

Best plastic pots for baby food storage

Shortlisted for the 2017 Best Weaning Product at the Mother&Baby Awards

These Brother Max Weaning pots are flexible with an easy push-through base and leak-proof hinged lids, so you can pop out frozen food or thaw/defrost and serve your little one directly from the pot. The four large pots click together for easy filling and storage and are BPA free and dishwasher, microwave and steriliser-safe - well designed for your little person.

Portion size: 170ml

Our mum tester Hayley said: "Fantastic size so no faffing having to do more than one pot per serving. Can freeze, microwave and throw in the dishwasher. Easy to fill and pots can link together for added convenience when filling. Easy to get frozen food from the pot just by pushing the clever soft spot on the bottom."

Read our full review of the Brother Max Large Weaning Pots here

The pots are perfectly designed for early weaning with soft bases and sides to pop out frozen food easily. Stackable with leak-proof lids, these pots are dishwasher and microwave safe and made from BPA and Phthalate free materials. Also available in 120ml size for larger portions.

Portion size: 60ml 

Mum Claire wrote: "I never thought I'd describe plastic pots as awesome but there you go. These really are brilliant, perfect size pots for storing little portions or for taking out on the go with chopped fruit etc. The squeezy bottom section makes life so much easier than having to try and prize frozen food out with kitchen utensils. So great we bought a second set."

This pack of 6 plastic pots have multicoloured screw-on lids to securely store and transport your baby's meal, as well as a handy markable and erasable area on each to label your containers. BPA free, these storage containers can be sterilised and placed in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher for easy meal prep and cleaning.

Portion size: 180ml

One Amazon customer said: "Absolutely adore these! I bought these to store food for my 1.5 year old, and the 180ml container is the perfect size for his meals. The cap is screwed tight and easy to remove even when frozen. Good material and easy to clean and label. Couldn’t be happier with these."

Ideal for storing baby food in manageable portions, this pack of 6 stackable pots are great for storing food at home and out-and-about. Microwave and dishwasher safe, these pots have helpful measurements down the side and clip together for easy storage.

Portion size: 2 x 50ml, 2 x 75ml, 2 x 100ml

One mum wrote: "Just perfect for little babies to carry snacks in or for their little lunch or dinner etc. There’s not much difference in the sizes to be honest, only very slightly. I love the fact that they stack up into each other."

This pack of 5 pots is made with a stackable design for space saving and practical use of the fridge or freezer, as well as a washable labelling area to easily label purees and meals with expressed dates. These pots are leak-proof, microwave safe and suitable for use with a bottle warmer so they can be sterilised as often as necessary.

Portion size: 120ml

One mum from Hemel Hempstead found these to be perfect sized containers: "Brilliant for food or breast milk in freezer. Ideal size."

Store your homemade baby food safely with this pack of 20 storage cups with write-on cups and lids and leak-proof, twist-on lids for safe storage and transport. Suitable for storing in the fridge or freezer, these pots are microwave and dishwasher safe and BPA free. The cups can be sterilised and the pack includes a weaning spoon with a gentle tip, so it is gentler on your baby's gums. 

Portion size: 10 x 180ml, 10 x 240ml

Mum Chelsea wrote: "These are fantastic - they hold plenty of food and the perfect size for a whole meal when baby starts to eat main meals. They screw up easily, stack easily and don't take up too much space in freezer. They also don't leak if you need to put them in your travel bag. Easy to write on and fine in dishwasher."

These stackable and clippable pots offer a space-saving solution for your kitchen and make them easy to store in the fridge or in your changing bag. With an airtight seal, visible measurements and labelling space on the pot, these storage containers are designed to make your life easier. Freezer-friendly and dishwasher safe, these pots are BPA and Phthalate free.

Portion sizes: 2 x 60ml, 4 x 120ml

A parent reviewer said: "Can't recommend them enough. Simply amazing. I can make food for later and stack them up in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. It doesn't take space at all. Also useful for snacks and matches with other Beaba things we have. Perfect."

Best freezer trays for baby food storage

This pack of 8 baby food cubes can be placed in the tray or stacked to fit best in your freezer. Microwave and dishwasher safe, the cubes are BPA free and great for babies aged 6 months and over. The individual cubes also have their own snap-on lids making portion selection even easier.

Portion size: 8 x approx. 70ml 

Mum Amii said: "Used these for a few weeks now, items arrived in good packaging. Used these tubs for the pureed food for my little one as he started weaning. Froze it, thawed it and heated it in the microwave, no problem. It is not hard to wash and there were no food stains left. Good value for money!"

Available in purple, blue, green, grey, orange, pink and yellow, this flexible freezer tray is made from non-stick 100 per cent food-grade silicone for easy release and cleaning. The sturdy base helps reduce spills whilst the snap-on lid keeps your baby's food fresh and flavorsome. Free of BPA's, PVC, allergens and toxins, this container is durable, dishwasher safe and even comes with a free eBook packed with baby feeding information.

Portion size: 9 x 75ml

One reviewer said: "A very inventive and unique use of silicone! The product is well made and very useful, apart from the intended usage it can be used to store a multitude of other food stuffs without tainting the food or the product. If the truth be told I was a little sceptical at first, but I am so glad we bought it. We have recommended this product to all our family and friends. Its uses are only limited by your imagination!"

This NUK Food Cube Tray is designed for freezing and storing freshly prepared baby food. Because you are able to batch prepare and freeze in the food cube tray you need only cook for you baby once or twice a week. BPA free and dishwasher safe, the silicone tray is super flexible making it easy to dispense individual portions and comes with a clip-on lid.

Portion sizes: 9 x 60ml

One parent on Amazon said it perfect for baby led weaning portion sizes: "We bought this for our 11 month old for freezing portions of food. We have been doing baby led weaning so wanted a portion divider that would allow us to freeze good sizes. The tray is divided into 9 compartments, each is 60ml which is enough for a portion of food. As it's a silicone tray you simply pop them out. Highly recommend for anyone."

This 2 pack storage solution is made from 100 per cent food grade, flexible silicone which offers a simple way to store homemade meals in portions. The food can easily be popped out and the tray itself is safe to use in ovens, microwaves, dishwashers and freezers. Phthalate and BPA free.

Portion sizes: 7 x 60ml per tray

Mum Aneesa wrote: "Probably the best weaning product that I purchased. You can use it to bake and freeze. The lids fit perfectly. Amazing product."

Use these handy pots to freeze what you don't use straightaway and you'll have tasty baby meals ready to go. The soft push up base means frozen food pops out easily, and these little pots, with leak-proof lids, are the perfect way to keep pureed vegetables, fruit, rice, cereals and mashed or chopped baby food fresh in your fridge or freezer. Placeable in a tray for easy storage, this product is dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe and BPA free.

Portion sizes: 4 x 60ml

One parent said: "These are perfect whilst weaning my 6 month old. Each pot holds the perfect amount of purée. The soft bottom is brilliant for getting the purée out of the dish, but thanks to the clip lid they're also ideal for chucking in the nappy bag for a day out and feeding straight from them. I'm happy knowing nothing is going to spill in my bag and the rubberised bottom stops the pot sliding on the high chair tray. The stand came in useful whilst I was filling the pots from the pan and leaving the tops open to cool. I will be buying another set of these, you can even microwave them!"

Best baby food pouches

These pouches are designed to make life a 'doddle' with less fuss and less waste. These 8 clear DoddleBags are easy to fill with the leak-proof zipper, calibrated for easy measuring and made with a gusseted base to stand on their own. These eco containers take less space in your drawers and are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Use the stickers to label them with the included pen. Your little one will stay safe with the anti-choke cap and pouch free from BPA, Phthalate and toxins.

Pouch size: 100ml

One customer was glad to report no leaks: "Perfect for everything. They really are great. We're using them to put smoothies in, so we can make a larger batch and freeze to last the week but you can use them for all sorts. They've been washed, frozen, filled numerous times now and are still in great conditions and with no leaks."

Shortlisted for the 2015 Best Weaning Product at the Mother&Baby Awards

This award-winning baby weaning set has everything you need to prepare and store your nutritious homemade baby food: 5 eco-friendly reusable food pouches, a cleaning brush, a 500ml baby food pouch maker & jug cap, and food masher. Great for baby led weaning, the reusable pouches can be used over and over again and can be used in the microwave and freezer. Each pouch is 100 per cent free of BPA and phthalates.

Portion size: 150ml

Our 2015 review for the M&B Awards: "The Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Pouch Filler is brilliant for parents who like to make their own baby food. The pouches hold lumpy food as well as puree and the portions are generous. They can also be frozen, microwaved and are great for ‘on the go’ eating. The pouches are easy to fill, the only drawback is that time it takes to clean the product – it can be difficult to get at the last bits of food at the bottom of the pouch. Nonetheless, a great idea that could revolutionise the way many mums and dads do their baby food."

Read our full review of the Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Maker and Reusable Pouches here

These 4 cute character baby food pouches are sure to make weaning even more fun for your little one. In a patented shape, each pouch has a child-safe cap, no-leak double lock zipper for easy filling and is made from soft, durable materials. Dishwasher and freezer safe, these pouches are BPA and Phthalate free and give your child the chance to enjoy fresh snacks on the go.

Portion size: Approx. 140ml

A parent reviewer on Amazon said: "Great product, durable, baby loves the characters!! Used several times and I can imagine it getting a lot more use out of it too. Holds a lot internally!"

This pack of 20 reusable pouches provides simple storage for homemade purees, smoothies and compotes on the go. BPA free and suitable for freezing, these pouches have clear measurement markings for filling, a screw-on and leak-proof cap and you can easily write the details of the contents and date made on the pouch or cap too. These are great for storage and can be used to feed your little one too with a spout and squeeze spoon option sold separately.

Portion size: 175ml

One parent thought these pouches were a great money saver: "These are a real money saver. You can go into the local supermarket and purchase small pouches for your little one or you can save some money and make your own. The baby food market is enormous and must be worth billions, so save yourself the hassle (and cost) and do it yourself. The pouches are well made, easy to wash and will last a long time

"The other advantages are (1) your little one may have a favourite recipe that isn’t available at the time you’re shopping and (2) you’ll always have an emergency supply in the freezer (or fridge). Well worth five stars and highly recommended."

Best glass storage containers for baby food

These versatile containers are perfect for reheating, serving, and storing your homemade baby food into neat little portions. Made of borosilicate glass, these pots can tolerate extreme temperatures and have BPA free locking lids for airtight storage and zero-leaks. Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, this pack of 6 are ergonomically designed with a comfortable grip, convenient hold and are made to be stackable for neat storage.

Portion size: Approx. 150ml

A mum reviewer on Amazon wrote: "I love them as it’s the perfect size for my baby meals. It goes in the freezer, in the dishwasher or even washed manually, it’s always looking good. The glass is thick and gives me security. I recommend this product."

This set of 12 glass baby food jars come with clear measurement markings and screw-on lids to seal the pots airtight for freshness. Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, these jars are made from high grade, food-safe glass which is naturally scratch and germ resistant and BPA free. This set comes with a wet-erase marker so you can clearly mark the contents, and a cute array of lid colours.

Portion size: Approx. 120ml

Mum Michelle said: "I'm thrilled at this product. I was looking for non-toxic, non-plastic container options to store baby food and to take to daycare. This has been an awesome solution! I love that I can store in freezer, write on lid, and thaw food in warmer without worrying about heating up plastic. The glass is sturdy, they look great, and I can reuse for more than just baby food. I'm really happy with this purchase.

"The package came safe with thoughtful minimal packaging. Love this eco-friendly, zero waste baby product. Wee Sprout has been excellent to work with and offers amazing customer service."

We love a good Kilner jar for storage, so why not use them for your baby food? These Kilner Kids Jars are ideal for storing homemade baby food in glass rather than plastic and are made with easy, non-spill silicone lids in three different colours: purple, yellow and turquoise. Suitable for freezing and microwaving.

Portion size: 110ml

An Amazon customer wrote: "Really nice, smart, glass jars. I had bought the small ones at the beginning of weaning and since we simply need more storage for foods, I had to buy more. This time I bought the bigger ones just so there’s more space in them when [my child] is eating more. Will be able to use them with normal lids too, when baby will no longer need them. I do not thaw frozen food directly in them in hot water or steamers. I leave the food out for a couple of hours and then put in hot water, or leave overnight in fridge, so have no problem of them cracking, like some other reviews were saying."

These 12 jars are made from food-safe, high-quality glass with airtight, leak-proof silicone lids that are BPA and phthalate free. With easy-to-read marked measurements, this set has custom-sized labels included to track dates and freshness of purees so you know your baby is getting the best. Easy to clean, these jars are dishwasher safe as well as freezer and microwave safe too.

Portion size: Approx. 120ml

One reviewer thought these were excellent for baby food: "Really good product for baby food. Easily stored in freezer and fridge. It's a good portion size as well for the little one. You have to be careful to defrost when taken from fridge or freezer as it can break if immersed in hot water after coming out the fridge. It's best to let it stand on the counter top or in room temperature water. Follow the instructions carefully. A couple broke but the supplier was quick to send through replacements. Very good customer service."

These cute Bubba Bear containers are sealed with BPA free lids and food-grade silicone seals for a safer start to solid foods. Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, each of the 6 cups has clear measurements making it a great option for batch cooking and portion control. From storing baby food to preparing a picnic with your little one, these glass jars are the ideal alternative to all-plastic containers.

Portion size: 120ml

Mum Rachel said: "These are perfect for storing baby food. They are the perfect size and they hold a lot of baby pureed food. Don’t hesitate to buy."

How to freeze and reheat baby food

Once you’ve made your baby puree, make sure to let your prepared meals cool before popping them in the fridge or freezer to keep. Don’t let your food sit out for more than two hours after cooking.

When it comes to defrosting baby purees, you can do this overnight in the fridge and use within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can reheat your baby purees from frozen, making meal prep for your little one even easier.

Baby purees should always be reheated until piping hot in order to kill off bacteria, even though they are best served at room temperature. This can be done on the hob or in the microwave, assuming your baby food storage pot is microwave safe of course! If you are reheating from frozen, make sure to increase your cooking time and check carefully to make sure your puree is evenly heated throughout.

Baby food recipes for storing in the freezer

Making homemade healthy purees for babies not only helps to control their sugar and salt intake, but it's a great cost-effective way of supplementing their nutritional needs. We've listed some of the best sweet and savoury recipes for you to try for your little one. If none of these takes your fancy, we've got plenty more recipe options here.

Savoury recipes

Sweet recipes

Top tips for preparing and storing homemade baby food

  • Before freezing masses of puree, make sure your baby likes the food first! It’ll save you wasted efforts, cleaning, food costs and waste
  • Have some basic equipment to hand to make quick and easy meals and purees for your baby, packed with nutrients. We’d recommend a steamer, electric hand blender and food processor
  • Cook vegetables in a pan or steamer and then mash up or blend the mixture until smooth
  • Make sure all work surfaces and utensils are clean before preparation and your hands are cleaned with soap and water

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