When heating baby food, it’s important to follow a few food safety rules to ensure that your baby’s meal is tasty and nutritious… with no unwelcome bacteria!
Absolutely – in fact, many parents make large batches of food in advance and then store them for future use. If you are making food for baby that you intend to store, then you should cool it quickly, then freeze or refrigerate it immediately (learn more about how to freeze baby food and how to prepare baby food safely).
When heating baby food, you need to ensure that it is piping hot throughout. Don’t be tempted to just partially warm the food, so that your baby will be able to eat it immediately – it needs to be thoroughly heated in order to destroy any bacteria that may be present. You should then set is aside and allow it to cool to a comfortable serving temperature.
Is it dangerous to reheat rice?
No – heating baby food for a second time could be harmful and may lead to food poisoning. Always throw away any leftovers at the end of each meal.
This is a common question – and the answer is that you can.
It is safe to thaw frozen food (like meat) – cook it for your baby – prepare a meal – cool the meal – freeze it and then – thaw and reheat it at a future date.
The only exception would be if the meal contains breast milk – IT IS NOT SAFE TO RE-FREEZE PREVIOUSLY FROZEN BREAST MILK.
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One way to successfully heat food for your baby is to place the food in a heat safe dish and sit the dish over a small pan of simmering water. You need to stir the food often to ensure that it heats evenly.
Many parents, though, find this a slow method of heating baby food and opt to use the microwave instead.
But is heating baby food in the microwave safe?
Whether or not you choose to use the microwave to warm your baby’s meals is for you to decide.
Many parents love the convenience of the microwave – hungry babies aren’t known for their patience and using a microwave certainly cuts down on the waiting time.
But some families do not like to use microwave ovens at all and believe that cooking or heating any foods in them can have negative health implications.
Visitors to our site sometimes tell us about alarming articles they've come across online, regarding the dangers of microwave cooking.
If you've read anything that worries you, then you may be interested in this article - Microwave Myths – Fact vs Fiction (from the Center for Science in the Public Interest) - which addresses and questions the validity of these claims.
As we said, it’s for you to decide.
We feel – along with many leading baby care sites – that heating baby food in the microwave is safe… BUT ONLY IF THE FOLLOWING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ARE OBSERVED.
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