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December 11th, 2009, 12:27 AM
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Hi everyone! My little man is turning 6 months old soon and we are starting him on solids this weekend! I can't wait!

I intend to make my own baby food, then freeze some and keep it for later. BUT everything I'm reading says it's not best to use a microwave to defrost and reheat food. What methods do you use? Should I buy a bottle warmer for reheating? What's the best way to defrost?

This appliance says it can not only puree food, but defrost and reheat as well:

Beaba Babycook's Babyfood Maker: Create Healthy Meals for Baby Using this Steamer, Blender, Warmer and Defroster, All-In-One.

Do you think it's worth it? I do have some gift certificates that would cover part of the cost.

Thanks in advance!
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December 11th, 2009, 08:01 AM
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I saw that it Williams-Sonoma the other day and thought it was really neat! Not in my price range, however

I don't have much experience with freezing because I usually just puree up a couple of days worth of whatever we are eating...single ingredient foods get old really quick, lol. Then I just pop it in the fridge.
However, with my daughter I did freeze a fair amount and found the same things you did about not microwaving it, so I just defrosted the cubes in a bowl on the counter during the afternoon/overnight. Then she got used to eating them room temperature. If you want them heated, I imagine that little gadget would work pretty well.

Oh, forgot to add...now I just use the microwave, lol. Second-time mommy coming through.
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December 11th, 2009, 01:34 PM
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What I do is bulk cook, then freeze it in single portions. I take out her lunch & dinner plus 1 portion of fruit for a pudding, and defrost it overnight in the fridge. It's ready just to be warmed at lunch/dinner the following day.

I use the microwave to warm Kirsty's foods up though. I've never had any issues with it, but it should be whatever you feel cmfortable with doing.
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December 13th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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I intend to make my own baby food, then freeze some and keep it for later. BUT everything I'm reading says it's not best to use a microwave to defrost and reheat food. What methods do you use? Should I buy a bottle warmer for reheating? What's the best way to defrost?

Interesting, I microwave mine! Always have......45 seconds for 3 cubes makes it just about room temperature. Did it the first time around and this time too.

But I also will get the cubes out for two days at a time and put them in the fridge. The way I see it, it's no different than microwave meals you and I eat. Those are precooked, then we reheat them.

I wonder if what you read had to do with uneven temps in the food, like warming a bottle in the microwave.

You could also set them out in the morning for the day and let them thaw that way.
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December 13th, 2009, 04:30 PM
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For the twins, I freeze my pureed fruits and vegs in muffin tins, transfer to ziploc bags once frozen, then room thaw or microwave when required. 2nd time mom also, no time for room thawing most days
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