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Did you know? MPASI that is not eaten right away by your little one needs to be stored properly and correctly, you know. This is important to maintain the cleanliness and nutritional value of the food. If you store MPASI carelessly, MPASI can quickly go stale and is not suitable for consumption by your baby
Compared to instant MPASI, many mothers choose to make their own MPASI. The reasons are varied, ranging from saving costs, being able to freely create menus, to finding out what types of food can trigger allergies in their babies.
Some mothers prefer to make baby food little by little or for one meal only. However, for more practical reasons, sometimes mothers make more solids so that they can be stored for some time to come.
The Right Way to Save MPASI
In order not to be contaminated with germs and the nutrition is maintained, MPASI must be stored properly. Here are the steps:
1. Find out which foods can be stored for a long time
Actually all kinds of baby food can be saved to be eaten at a later date. However, some foods may change color and taste, although this doesn't necessarily affect their nutritional value.
Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, peas, peaches, blueberries and other berries, sweet potatoes, and meat are foods that can be stored for a long time without changing color and taste.
There are some foods that can turn brown if stored too long, such as strawberries, apples, avocados, and bananas. However, the color change does not reduce the nutrition and change the taste, so it is still safe for babies to consume.
Meanwhile, eggs, rice, potatoes, tofu, as well as fruits such as grapes, mangoes, melons, papayas, pears, and apricots, can change in taste and texture when stored for too long. Because the taste and texture can change, these foods should not be stored for too long or cooked for one-time servings.
2. Store MPASI in the right container
Store the solids in an airtight glass or plastic food container. Make sure the plastic container used is labeled BPA free, yes. In order to maintain cleanliness, Mother is advised to store MPASI in one container for one meal only. So, no need to divide again, Bun.
Meanwhile, solid solids in liquid form, such as porridge or puree, can be stored in an ice cube or ice cube mold.This will make it easier for Mother to take MPASI according to the portion of the Little One. Remember, the ice cube containing the liquid solid food must be covered with plastic again to prevent contamination with germs.
3. Write the date of manufacture of MPASI
So that you don't forget, you should make a label that says the date of manufacture and the food menu on the MPASI container. This is to make it easier for Mother to choose the type of food and prevent storage for too long.
4. Store MPASI in the freezer or refrigerator
Mother can put solid food in the freezer with a minimum temperature of 5°C for 3–6 months. However, after 3 months there will usually be a change in color, taste, and texture. So, it's better to use solids that are stored before 3 months, yes, Bun.
MPASI can also be placed on the refrigerator shelf, as long as it's not more than 2 days. In addition, food that has been thawed and reheated should not be refrozen.
After knowing the tips above, let's apply the correct way of storing MPASI. That way, the nutrients in the MPASI will be maintained and not contaminated by bad microorganisms that cause disease, and the taste and texture of the MPASI will not change quickly.
In addition to ensuring that MPASI is stored in the right way, you also need to be proficient in designing and processing the MPASI menu, as well as maintaining the cleanliness of the MPASI equipment.
When you want to give the MPASI that has been stored to your little one, remember to always check the color, shape, and smell of the MPASI. If it smells bad, is slimy, or looks moldy, you should throw it away because it's not fit for consumption.
If you still have questions regarding how to store MPASI or other things related to MPASI, for example, choosing a menu and nutritional dosage that is suitable for your little one's condition, don't hesitate to consult a doctor, okay.