Keeping homemade baby food in the refrigerator

I want to start making my own baby food. How long will it last in the refrigerator before we have to throw it out.

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It will depend on what it is you have cooked. A high protein food should not be kept more than a couple of days. This is because it is subject to rapid breakdown and loss of quality. It is good media for growth of unwanted bacteria. High carbohydrate foods, like mashed squash, potatoes, pasta, and other vegetables, should not be served after the third day. High acid foods, like apple sauce, peaches, and other acid containing foods can be kept for four days or so. Of course, it is best to not have any leftovers because vitamins, flavors, and overall quality deteriorate over time.

For optimal nutrition and flavor, try making the baby food, then freezing individual servings in an ice cube tray, popping them out when frozen and store in the freezer in an airtight container. Then, when you want to serve them, take out more or less depending on baby's appetite, and either microwave them gently to defrost, or get them out earlier in the day to defrost slowly in the refrigerator. By doing this, you will maximize the nutrient retention, and eliminate any worry over their safety.

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