Many parents are faced with this troubling question when their newborn comes into the world – what do we feed it, besides milk? Well, you’ve most likely seen all those baby pastes that look super sticky and not as tasty.
Babies of lazy parents will usually end up eating that, but there’s a way of keeping your child’s nutrition plan healthy and delicious by following a few recipes. It’s called baby cereal and it’s not nearly as complicated to make as you may think. This article will be your guide on how to make baby cereal and why you should do that.
What makes these meals special is that this will be the first solid food that your baby will eat. You will feed it to your child no sooner than 4 months of age, after which it has the ability to consume and digest something as hard as cereal.
Although there is no scientific evidence to back the claim that it’s beneficial to give this to your child for its first solid meal, many parents around the world still do it.
The Easiest Way to Make It
This extremely simple step-by-step tutorial will show you there’s nothing simpler than making baby cereal, which allows for every parent across the globe to be able to do it.
- First of all, you should get yourself a steady amount of non-processed grains such as oats, barley or rice.
- Put the food in a blender or a food processor (maybe even a coffee grinder) to turn the grains into powder. The powder that you get is the actual baby cereal, it’s as simple as that.
- Cook the powder for 15 minutes until it reaches a soupy consistency.
- If you’d like to avoid grinding for whatever reason, you can cook the grains and then mash them into the puree. This step, however, will turn them into a pure paste. In order to avoid this, you should mash slowly and add liquid as you go. Make sure you’re watching closely during this step so that you aren’t left with a paste in the end.
This little tutorial covers the steps applicable to any sort of grains that you may wish to cook, but there are certain recipes restricted to specific grain uses.
Powdered Rice Cereal
- Obtain the following ingredients: ¼ c. of rice powder (grind brown rice in a blender or a food processor), 1 cup of water
- Cook liquid to a boiling point in the saucepan. Add the powdered rice while constantly stirring
- Let it simmer for about 10 minutes while constantly whisking, mix the formula or breast milk in and fruits if preferable
- Serve while it’s still warm
Whole Rice Cereal
- Obtain the following: ½ c. of rice (brown, jasmine or basmati), 1 cup of water
- Bring the liquid to the boiling point in the saucepan, then add the rice and start stirring
- Leave it simmering for 20 minutes or as the package indicates; stir half way through the entire cooking time
- When the rice is done and somewhat cooler, add half a cup measurement of liquid of your choice (formula, breast milk, water, etc.) and proceed to mash as much as needed – keep mashing carefully so that the rice doesn’t become pasty
- Serve while warm with a fruit and veggie mix, along with a liquid of your choosing
You can freeze this meal for later but it will have a slightly rubbery structure upon thawing
- Obtain the ingredients: ¼ cup of powdered oats, ground in the food processor or a blender, ¾ – 1 cup of water
- Let the liquid boil in the saucepan, then add the oatmeal while constantly stirring
- Let it simmer for 10 minutes time, whisking it regularly until it’s done
- Mix in the desired addition (formula, fruits or breast milk), then serve warm
- Get the required ingredients: ¼ cup of ground barley (obtained using either the blender or the food processor), 1 cup of water
- Bring the liquid to a boiling point and pour in the barley
- Let it simmer for 10 minutes while constantly stirring
- Mix in the juice, breast milk or formula and add fruits if you wish
- Serve it warm
Frequently Asked Questions
Parents keep flocking in with various inquiries regarding these recipes, so we’ve decided to address your concerns before they pop into your head. Once you know how to make baby cereal, here’s what you’ll most likely be wondering about.
“Does ground rice need to be cooked before it’s served?”
Absolutely. You wouldn’t just scoop a handful of rice and let you baby eat it, would you? Well, the same goes for the ground version, since it’s still just as raw no matter how much easier on the teeth it may be. Yes, your baby will be able to swallow uncooked ground rice but its digestive system will face tremendous difficulties because of the inedible state of the rice.
“Why doesn’t commercial baby cereal require cooking?”
The answer is – Because it’s dehydrated and precooked, for the purpose of longer expiration dates. Commercial baby cereal was made to spoil slowly, from already altered and over-ground grain. This sort of extensive processing gives it that standard pasty appearance, something which all parents try to avoid when making cereal for their younglings.
“Can I store the homemade baby cereal in the fridge?”
Definitely, but try not to take too long. If you’re pre-making baby cereal, count 3 days ahead and no longer than that. After 72 hours spent in the refrigerator, the baby cereal starts to lose its composure, taste, and vital nutrients.
Keep in mind that there might still be slight texture changes, depending on the time it spent freezing. It’s nothing you can’t fix though, since you can just grab any liquid you like and reconstitute the texture.
With all of this in mind, it’s great to know that you can be your child’s favorite cook while they’re even that small. Every baby paste on the market looks almost the same and there isn’t much variety in taste, but you can make anything you come up with for your child to munch on. Grinding grains – a pillar of parenting.