So Cheeks has made it to the solid food phase and so far she’s enjoying every mouthful of it! She is a girl after my own heart though – she prefers the homemade stuff over the store bought, which is fine by me!
Making baby food is really not as time consuming as one might think though…it freezes well and you can easily portion it out to your baby’s needs. Not only is it extremely cost effective to make your own but its also better for baby! Just look on the ingredients listed on some of the baby foods and cereals on the market – I wouldn’t want to eat that stuff much less feed it to Cheeks!
I think homemade cereals are the most scary for new parents to make – at least it was for me…so I’m going to show you just how it easy it is to make your baby’s cereal. You can do any grain using this method – oats, millet or barley even. Today I’m using organic brown rice.
This bag of rice can make a ton of rice cereal – the equivalent of about five boxes worth of rice cereal but costs about the same as two boxes of the regular rice cereal or one box of the organic rice cereal. Talk about a money saver!
Here I’ve added one cup of brown rice to the short cup on my fabulous baby bullet that I inherited from a friend. I’ve attached the milling blade to do this part. If you don’t have a baby bullet, a blender, food processor or even a coffee grinder (one that’s never been used, preferably!) could also be used.
You want to mill it so that it becomes a fine powder like above. You can see the side by side comparison between the brown rice powder and a popular white rice cereal (notice the lack of colourful crystals in the milled brown rice cereal).
In a decent sized pot, add the rice powder and four times the amount of water (in this case, 4 cups of water). Bring to a boil while stirring frequently. Then reduce it to a simmer and cook it between 20-30 minutes. Stirring occasionally to reduce the occurrence of lumps and to prevent the cereal from sticking. You want to keep the ratio to about 1:4 – one part rice to four parts water. When the rice is finished cooking, it should yield a thick cereal that looks like this…
Allow it to cool and voilà! Homemade Brown Rice Cereal! You can blend it again if you want it super smooth, and you can thin it out very easily as well. No chemicals or crystallized who knows what…just simple, wholesome goodness. I hope you give it a try!
Until next time…