Video:Homemade Baby Food: Cerealwith Rachel Edelman
Want to know exactly what you're feeding your baby? Make your own baby food! Learn how easy it is to prepare, cook, and create your own versions of baby cereal.See Transcript
Transcript:Homemade Baby Food: CerealHi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make homemade whole grain baby cereal.
When to Serve Solid Baby FoodBabies between 4 and 6 months old are ready to start integrating solid food into their diet. I'll be talking about how to prepare it and store it. Remember, always check in with your pediatrician before making any changes to your baby's diet.
Baby Food PrepWhen making baby food, be sure to wash your hands and use clean equipment and tools.
Baby Food Best BetsBrown rice, oatmeal, or barley have the least amount of allergens and can be made into cereal for babies.
Prepping your GrainsFirst grind up the grains you'll be using for the cereal. I'll make rice cereal today. Use short grained brown rice and grind it into a powder using a blender, food processor or even a clean coffee grinder. Follow the same steps for oatmeal or for barley.
It'll take a few minutes for all of the rice to grind down into the powder. I'm using a sieve to make sure to only the powdered grains get into the mix. If you don't have a sieve, keep using your blender until all of the grains are in powder form.
Baby Cereal StorageStore your powdered grains in an air tight container, in a cool dry place.
Making Baby CerealPut 3/4 of a cup of water into a saucepan. Once the water is boiling, add one 2/4 of a cup of rice powder. Use a whisk to mix it together. Simmer for about 10 minutes and continue to whisk the entire time.
Knowing When Cereal is ReadyYou'll see the rice will get thicker and thicker as you continue to whisk. Switch to a scraper when the mixture gets too thick to whisk.
Once it's cooled down, serve the cereal and discard any leftovers.
Store baby cereal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze cereal in an ice cube tray. Once frozen place the cubes into a plastic bag and store them for 1 to 3 months.
When serving, you can also add formula, milk or mashed fruit to the cereal.
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