One thing that baby food companies have and what you don’t have is equipment to make baby food sterile and clean. But that doesn’t mean you can’t protect your baby’s food from germs or impurities that may appear in baby food that you make yourself. Here are some easy and quick things you can do to make sure the baby food you make is safe for consumption.
Preparation – You, Place and Tools
Always make sure you wash your hands thoroughly. Maybe this is something common, but we just want to remind you. Make sure all utensils or places you use such as kitchen counters, cooking utensils, pans, cutting boards and blenders are completely clean; It would be better if you use an anti-bacterial soap (Using a natural antibacterial soap is a good option for those of you who don’t like the much advertised cleaners).
Never use the same cutting board used for cutting meat, fruit and vegetables. You should have a cutting board for meat preparation and a cutting board for vegetables and fruit.
Safe Methods To Prepare Proper Food
Fruits and vegetables
Always make sure fruits and vegetables used to make baby food are washed thoroughly. Even if you don’t use the fruit or vegetable peels and even if you buy organic fruits and vegetables, you should always clean them.
It is important to peel the skin and remove the seeds before starting to cook. However, there are instances when you do not need to peel or remove seeds on a fruit or vegetable. The samples will vary depending on the age of your baby, the fruit or vegetable you are cooking and how you are cooking it.
Using wood cutting boards is safer than plastic ones. It has been shown that bacteria can be more easily cleaned and removed from wooden cutting boards.
When preparing meat, keep your hands clean or use plastic gloves whenever possible. If you intend to do any food preparation other than meat, always make sure you wash your hands after handling meat. Always wash your hands after handling meat, especially after handling poultry ingredients – including eggs. Do not use the same surface or utensils for your fruit and vegetables. Using wood cutting boards is safer than plastic ones. It has been shown that bacteria are easier to remove or clean from wooden cutting boards
Always thaw meat in the refrigerator or microwave and never over the counter. Never give raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish and eggs to your baby. In other words, babies and toddlers need cooked meat.
To ensure safety, all meats such as poultry and red meat, including fish should be cooked in the following way:
- Cook all red meat to the deepest temperature or at least 71 degrees Celsius. Check the temperature using a meat thermometer.
- Cook white poultry until it reaches its deepest temperature or at least 76 degrees Celsius and black poultry until it reaches 82 degrees Celsius for doneness. Check the temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer.
- Cook the fish to the deepest temperature or at least 71 degrees Celsius. Check the temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer.
Food Safety Tips and What to Do
Leaving food outside the counter or at room temperature: Do not leave food uncooked or even cooked outside the counter or at room temperature for more than two hours. Frozen food should not be found and then frozen again without cooking it first. Frozen foods should be at 0 degrees or even below 0 degrees.
Cooked baby food that should be refrigerated no more than 48-72 hours before use or freezing. the food in the freezer has a variety of storage times. It is wise to use the baby food box for one month. (Other interesting articles: Baby Boy Names )