Yes. You can freeze carrot puree, and easily do so as well. It is the perfect solution to freeze homemade baby food carrot purée.
I find this extremely helpful during the harvesting season, since as you know, I plant most of my vegetables in the backyard of my house so I am usually left with a huge batch of carrots. Making carrot puree tends to prolong its life since it can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. However, freezing the carrot puree will preserve it for even a longer time.
How can I freeze carrot puree?
I am going to share with you the step-by-step guide to successfully freeze your carrot puree. But before we do that, it is important to determine the portion you want to freeze. It is always better to freeze serving-sized portions than to freeze a large batch in one go, as this will allow you to easily defrost the carrot puree without having to refreeze any extra. In addition to the fact that the smaller the frozen portion, the less time it usually takes to defrost.
When it comes to freezing baby food carrot puree, freezing it in a silicon ice cube tray is perfect as you can easily defrost just the portion you would need.
Make sure the carrots are brought to a boil for at least 25 minutes before placing them in the freezer. The fresher you put them in the freezer, the longer they will keep in the freezer without any risk of spoilage.
- Once your freshly made carrot puree cools down to at least room temperature, pour it in an ice cube tray, freezer-friendly container, or a freezer bag. Don’t overfill the container as the carrot puree needs space to expand.
- Close the container or the freezer bag tightly. Label it with the date and the content so that it is easier for you to distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.
- Place the carrot puree in the freezer once it is tightly sealed and labeled.
How long can Carrot puree last in the freezer?
If properly prepared prior to freezing. It can last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How can I defrost the frozen carrot puree?
As a general rule. The smaller the frozen portion, the less time and effort it will take to defrost. That’s why, the ice cube-shaped carrot puree doesn’t usually require special precautions to defrost. All you need to do is just place them on the counter and allow them to defrost. It won’t take more than an hour.
As for serving-sized portions, I prefer to just place them in the fridge on the top shelf and allow them to slowly defrost overnight without any rush. This guarantees an effective and safe thawing of your food.
If you are in a hurry, you can also use the microwave to completely defrost your carrot puree within few minutes after setting it on “defrost”. However, if it is a large portion, then expect it to be a bit cold in the center.
Don’t worry if your carrot puree was a bit watery after defrosting, it should return back to its original texture and consistency once it is reheated.
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