Friday, October 28, 2011

How to reheat frozen baby food cubes

Thanks to Michelle for asking this question on our Facebook page:

Hi! I think a lot of other Mums would have the same question. I bought my trays last week. What's the best way to go about reheating frozen cubes of purees? My baby is 4 months old. And how long do they last in the freezer? Thank you!

There are a couple of ways to reheat your frozen homemade baby food cubes and they are really simple:

1. Remove the cubes for the next day's meals, place in a covered container(s) in the fridge and thaw overnight. When your baby is ready to eat, you can either reheat in a pot on the stove or pop into the microwave, depending on your cooking preferences. This obviously is for the more organised Mums amongst us (you know who you are!), but also helps the rest of us to be organised when we do it (win - win!).

As a first-time Mum, I did this every night with Max's food and it brought some kind of peace to the day knowing that I didn't have to think about what he was going to eat. His bowl(s) was ready and waiting in the fridge to be heated.

2. Take the frozen cubes from the freezer, place them into a glass or ceramic bowl and heat in the microwave. When Isobel came along 3 years ago, as good as my intentions were for planning her meals for the next day, this is how most of her meals were heated. My peace of mind came when I opened my freezer to select the frozen cubes for her meal and there were all of my gorgeous homemade baby food cubes organised into zip-lock bags, all lined up in a row. So vibrant and colourful! So healthy! It was like having a whole restaurant of healthy homemade baby food at my fingers, and I made it all myself. And you know by was SOOOOO easy with the mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit.

Everyone's microwaves are different and the time it takes to reheat depends on how many cubes you are reheating and also if they are still frozen or are thawed. In my experience, a few thawed cubes would reheat in about 20 seconds, but I think my microwave isn't very powerful. You will quickly discover the your heating times for your baby food cubes. Always stir well and test the food on your wrist before serving.

How long do the frozen cubes last in the freezer?

If you leave the cubes right in the mumi&bubi trays: the cubes will be good for about 2 weeks right in the trays with the lids on. 42 cubes or 1.2 litres is also approx a 2 week supply of baby food for a 5 or 6 month old baby starting solids. Coincidence? Or, very thoughtful tray design!

For batch cooking: to really get the most out of your mumi&bubi baby food freezing trays, cook a big batch and fill up the whole tray - this will make about a 1 month-supply of that food if your baby has 1 or 2 of those cubes every other day or so as part of a varied diet.

Freeze the food in the tray(s) overnight, the next day remove all of the cubes to a zip-lock bag - the "sandwich size" fits 20 cubes perfectly. The 21st cube can be placed in a container and used that day, or the next day. How perfect is that? Tip: Label and date the bag before putting the cubes in, while the bag is still flat on the bench.

Wouldn't you love to cook pumpkin once and have a 1-month supply of fresh, homemade pumpkin cubes? This will save you so much time and you will experience the joy of having that homemade baby food restaurant in your freezer too. As a Mum who did only homemade food for 2 babies, let me tell you, it's a bit of a buzz opening that freezer door and seeing all of the food that I made myself. It's strangely addicting too, knowing how easy it is I would wake up and think, "....hmmm, what can I make today? Which of my cubes are running low (always banana!) What hasn't she tried yet?"

There is no denying that homemade is best for baby, but it's just so satisfying for Mums too :)

Cheers, to healthy, homemade baby food!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Aleesha's Solids Starter Kit Testimonial

"I wish I had known about the Solids Starter Kit 2 children ago! #3baby is nearly 6mths old, and just starting solids, I have pears, apple andpumpkin sitting ready for him in the freezer already, and it was soooo easy.The e-recipe book is a godsend also, as I never really knew how to make thefoods prior to reading it. The Solids Starter Kit is so super easy to use,just fill it with baby food, pop it in the freezer and you are awaylaughing. The frozen cubes come out so easy. No more messing around withfiddly ice cubes trays. Thanks heaps Mumi&Bubi." Aleesha from Mt Roskill, Auckland.
I gave a Solids Starter Kit to a friend who is a fellow daycare Mum for her #3, she can't believe how easy homemade baby food is this time around...even with three kids!Submit your Solids Starter Kit testimonial and enter to win 1 of 4 tickets to the ASG Parent & Child Show here: closes 8pm Saturday, 17 September. Winners will be emailed immediately after 8pm...good luck!

Jenner's Solids Starter Kit Testimonial

"Wow, the Solids Starter Kit is such a brilliant little creation - I absolutely love it! I've just started our son Berkeley on solids and this kit has beenabsolutely brilliant for me. I'm able to whip up batches of tasty noms andfreeze them without taking up too much space in our teeny tiny freezer. We are now well stocked on a massive variety of little meals and each night Ijust choose Berkeley's food for the following day and get them out todefrost in the fridge overnight - perfect!The only problem I have now is stopping my husband from sneakily eatingBerkeley's frozen fruit whips!" Jenner from Hillcrest, Auckland.
I have that "problem" too, Jenner! always taking the banana or fruit cubes for my smoothies and the veggie cubes to add to pasta sauces to increase the kiddies' veg intake :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Megan's Solids Starter Kit testimonial

"I loved my Solids Starter Kit when my son started solids. It was great to do a big cookup in the weekend for the weeks meals and it takes the thinking out of what he was going to have for his meals. I would highly recommend the Solids Starter Kit, it comes with its own cover and it is certainly less mess, so much cheaper than buying premade baby food and takes up so little room in the freezer."Megan, from Browns Bay, Auckland

Thursday, August 25, 2011

PR Tips that Work!

Are you a Mumpreneur looking for PR tips? I know I can use all the help I can get with public relations and getting the word out about mumi&bubi and just how easy it is to make your own healthy, homemade baby food :)

Thanks to the Entreprenette for compiling this list of PR strategies that get results!

Check out tip #62, by yours truly :) It worked a treat for me to get this article published in the New Zealand Herald. Fabulous international exposure!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sweet Kumara!

Kumara is packed with Vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, protein, beta carotene…the list goes on! It’s no wonder that they are recommended by nutritionists for good health.

In fact, the CSPI calls the sweet potato (also known as kumara in New Zealand) a nutritional All-Star and has ranked it number one in nutrition of all vegetables!

A traditional autumn harvest vegetable, kumara is available all year long. They are also very easy to digest making them an ideal first food for babies :)

You can find our baby food recipe for kumara in our free Mumi & Bubi recipe guide which is easy to follow and contains 27 baby food recipes to get you started making your own healthy, homemade baby food.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The mumi&bubi YouTube Channel!

Check it out - our new mumiandbubi Channnel on YouTube is now up and running with the first video in our new series called, "What You Need To Make Baby Food"

more videos coming soon! :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Our Favourite Tennis Mum!

Congratulations to Kim Clijsters, our favourite tennis Mum, on winning the 2011 Australian Open!

I love her winning style AND the fact that she makes all of her own homemade baby food....even when on tour :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Latest Review by Inhabitots

At Mumi&Bubi, we believe that there is nothing more eco than making your own healthy, homemade baby food.

As a big fan of modern green design, I like to keep an eye on what’s happening over at Inhabitots, your guide to green parenting, eco baby and green kids.

Check out their fabulous Solids Starter Kit review. Thanks, Beth! We think it’s time to give standard issue ice cube trays the cold shoulder too :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Solids Starter Kit review

It is so neat to receive your feedback and hear that the Solids Starter Kit really makes solids easy for starting solids ~ and beyond.

Here is the latest customer review from Vanessa, who purchased her Kit from Breastmates:
"My son started solids a couple of weeks ago and I've found this set to be AWESOME. I love the fact that each cube is 30ml which is quite a bit bigger than your normal ice cube tray and with 42 cubes you can freeze over a litre of pureed food. They stack great in the freezer. I have frozen a selection of individual fruit and veges andput them into zip lock bags and now when its feeding time I just pop a few out and microwave them - cheap and easy and you can mix and match foods easily. When its time to introduce a new food I may just mix in one cube with something they are familiar with and then as they get used to it I put more in. Easy to clean and very durable. I have been recommending this to all the mums I meet!"

Thanks, Vanessa! I hope you find your Solids Starter Kit just as useful as your son progresses into finger food, then for making toddler snacks and saving heaps of $ by freezing your leftovers into handy, easy-to-defrost cubes :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another Happy Mum :)

I just love our mumi&bubi Mums (and Dads)! Even more so, I love that our Solids Starter Kit really makes their lives easier.

This just in from our happy Mum, Nicola:
"As we are at nearly 10 months now, Thomasina is more or less eating what we do. However, yesterday as i steamed another batch of pears for breakfasts, i was sooooooooo thankful i had my mumi&bubi solids starter kit! This really has been one of the best bits of "must-have-baby-kit" i ever received, thank you thank you thank you!!!"

Get organised for solids and beyond with a mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit today at: