There is a lot of misinformation available surrounding storing baby food in ice cube containers. Whether or not it is ok to do so, along with how to store it in the freezer. Some suggesting not covering it at all and others advising the use of cling-film (plastic wrap) to cover it.
I have met countless Mums who are doing this right now because it has been suggested to them. In this article we write down three reasons why it is not safe to store homemade baby food in ice cube trays.
1. BPA Free Plastic
Ice cube trays can actually be dangerous if they are plastic because certain plastics have been found to be incredibly toxic. This toxicity can seep into the frozen food you put into them, especially over a long period of time. You should check your ice cube tray to make sure it is BPA free. On all plastics you should see a recycle mark; if it is a 5 or a PP, then the plastic is safe to use.
2. Cover your food in the freezer
Keep your food in air-tight containers in the freezer to prevent freezer burn, which degrades the quality of your food. Most ice-cube trays do not come with a cover and unless you can cover the food safely the quality of the food will diminish over time.
3. Do not use cling-film to cover warm food
The most obvious answer to covering food in the freezer is to use Cling-film (plastic wrap). Cling film again is not made from a safe plastic and so when you place it over warm food the chemicals can leach into the food.
Our advice is to use safe BPA free containers to store your baby food in the freezer. Our Portion Pots are BPA free and come in 10 different sizes to suit all storage needs. The 4-6 Month Weaning Pot is equivalent to the size of an ice-cube and is perfect for stage 1 weaning.
As this stage is short your best option is to only purchase a few of this size, the Starter Weaning Set gives you 10 of each size weaning pot in a pack of 50. When your baby has moved on to larger portions you can use the 4-6 Month Weaning Pot for single purées that can be mixed with others to add variety.