Before serving to your little one, MPASI that is stored and frozen generally needs to be warmed up first. There are many ways to warm solids, from soaking them in hot water to using the microwave. However, what exactly is the most appropriate way?
When preparing complementary foods for breast milk (MPASI) for your little one, to make it more practical and easier to serve, you may use the meal prep method or prepare a larger amount to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
So, so that the nutritional content and taste of the stored MPASI does not change when it is served to your little one, you need to know how to warm it properly.
Like This How To Warm MPASI
Not all types of MPASI that are stored need to be warmed before being served to your little one, right, Bun. For example, fruit puree that is stored in the freezer, only needs to be thawed in the refrigerator, then it can be given directly to your little one.
However, the MPASI menu, which is made from rice, potatoes, vegetables, chicken, and fish, may feel sticky if consumed cold. Therefore, this type of solid food will taste better if it is warmed first.
Well, for that, Mother needs to know how to warm the right MPASI, so that the nutrition, taste, and color of the food does not change. Here are the ways:
1. Thaw in the refrigerator
MPASI that is stored in the freezer and is in a frozen state should not be warmed right away, right, Bun. Put this food first in the refrigerator or in a food warmer (microvawe) on defrost mode for about 24 hours.
Then after that, continue with the heating process. Keep in mind that food ingredients that have been thawed or through the defrost process cannot be refrozen, yes.
2. Heat on the stove
After thawing, heat the solids on the stove over low heat. While heating the food, don’t leave it, Bun. Stir the food so that it heats evenly and doesn’t burn.
In addition to using the stove, you can also warm frozen solids in the microwave. This method is faster and more practical.
To do this, first transfer the frozen solids to a heat-resistant container. Then, turn on the microwave on high and set the time to 15 seconds. If it’s not hot enough, stir the food and then heat it up a little longer.
Now, for the type of solid food that contains high fat, such as meat and eggs, avoid this microwave heating method, Bun, because it can trigger overheating. Both types of food are better if heated using the stove.
4. Wait a while until it warms up
After being heated on the stove or microwave, don’t give the food to your little one right away, Bun. Wait a few moments until the temperature is warm. Mother can taste it first, to make sure the temperature of the food is right.
If your little one doesn’t finish the warmed solids, the rest of the food can’t be frozen again, bud. Throw away the leftovers.
Come on, apply the way to warm the solids as described above, so that the solids that your little one consumes are maintained for the quality of taste and nutrition. In addition, make sure you also do a good way of processing and storing MPASI, as well as cleaning MPASI equipment, yes.