Friday, November 22, 2013

Babies First Food - Rice Cereal

My little man just turned six months and you know what that means, he gets to start eating solids. I was really excited for him since he has been staring at us while we eat and trying to grab our food. I knew I would be making his baby food just like I made my daughter's food. I always start with rice cereal and then ease into vegetables and fruits. Since its a little scary when you start making your babies food, well it was for me with my first child anyway, I wanted to share with you my recipe.

Rice cereal is really easy to make and it doesn't take very much time. The only "special" item you need is a baby bullet or grinder. I use the cheapest baby food grinder I could find at Target, similar to this one.

You can use any short grain brown rice to make the cereal. I bought mine at Whole Foods.

The first step is to toast your cereal. Take 1/4 cup of rice and rinse it in a strainer. Place the rice in a pan over medium high heat. Stir constantly until the rice is dry and it smells nutty. It takes me about 5 minutes.

This is what it looks like when toasted. Let it cool and then store it in an airtight container. Now we are going to cook the cereal. Take 2-3 tablespoons of toasted rice and grind it up until its a fine powder. Place it in a pot with 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 5 minutes.

You will get a big batch of rice cereal. Put a couple of tablespoons of cereal in a bowl and add breastmilk or formula to it so it thins out in consistency. When your child is first starting solids it needs to be a soup like consistency. Once they get older you can make the consistency a little thicker.

Store any cooked rice cereal, that doesn't contain any breastmilk or formula, in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 2 days.

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