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do you have to reheat home made thawed frozen baby food?

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reastie Sun 14-Aug-11 19:05:20

Can you just let it get to room temp and then use it or do you have to heat it and let it cool? Simple enough but I'm confused by it all

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 14-Aug-11 19:12:25

I think you can let it defrost in the fridge and use. You can also heat with hot water (put it in a glass container in a bowl of hot water. I microwave mine but I know some people frown on this grin. Don't leave it out on the counter to defrost though. That's not safe.

reastie Sun 14-Aug-11 19:24:21

ok so you can just warm it then? i've been microwaving them to within an inch of its life and then waiting for what feels like ages for it to cool

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 14-Aug-11 19:26:21

I do. Most has been cooked before the freezer so it should be fine. I have the best website for you grin. I LOVE this website. Great recipes and ideas for food.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 14-Aug-11 19:27:09

Oh, and she has lots of tips on freezing, defrosting and using as well.

festi Sun 14-Aug-11 19:27:43

you would need to make sure its piping hot through out if it contains eggs dairy meet rice or pasta and then allow to cool or just not reheat. if just veg then bowl of water of microwave till tepid.

reastie Sun 14-Aug-11 19:28:28

that was my thinking too but \i read somewhere needs reheating so I was a bit hmm <dashes off to check out web page>

reastie Sun 14-Aug-11 19:29:34

ok so the heating thing is just dairy, meat, rice or pasta, everything else can just be warmed?

festi Sun 14-Aug-11 19:38:36

I would not only say that in as far to kill bacteria etc, but If you know it has been refrigerated when cool and frozen within that day and then defrosted in the fridge, Id say you are pretty safe with anything not reheated. I would not stand rice to make room temp at all to be honest, Rice can be very dodgy. If its cooled quickly, refridgerated and frozen once cold then defrosted and eaten strait from the fridge should be ok, but I wouldnt allow to stand at room temp for any periods of time. Heat to boiling and allow to cool. I have done a food hygine training and made all my own babyfood and have never had any problems following these rules as you would for an adult, just being a little more religious about these rules with dd.

beatofthedrum Sun 14-Aug-11 19:40:41

Oh god, my ds was sick this morning and for his tea I've fed him homemade veggie food defrosted on the counter, though did warm it up. Hope I've not made him more sick sad.

festi Sun 14-Aug-11 19:53:18

I wouldnt worry too much beatof, Im sure he will fine. The main problem is that children and infants can harbour stomach bugs bacteria that travel to thier bowels very quickly and can stay in intestine and bowels for upto 18mnths. but I would try to defrost in the fridge I sometimes would put in a cool bag if going out for the day etc.

festi Sun 14-Aug-11 20:04:27

just to add beat my now exp once (when I was away over night) left a bottle of formula sat on the radiatior all night so he didnt have to get up and make a bottle when dd woke up early in morning shock DD was absolutly fine though to my surprise.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 14-Aug-11 21:48:01

festi that is really shock

beatof don't worry. These rules are belt and braces. It was veggie not prawns, egg and brie grin.

reastie Sun 14-Aug-11 21:51:59

festi shock

reastie Mon 15-Aug-11 07:45:47

so the ready made ellas kitchen stuff - if you've already opened it and it's in the fridge for a day can you just warm that a little or do you have to get it piping hot and wait for it to cool?

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