How to make Homemade Baby Cereal

Last week I dedicated a post about Baby Cereals in general: which one to choose from, homemade vs store bought ones, arsenic levels in rice….some basic information I thought new moms might be interested in ๐Ÿ™‚ (if you missed it out, here you are the link).

To add more toย the “Baby Cereal” topic, ย today I’m sharing with you the super simple recipe to make homemade Baby Cereals (any kind you like, the recipe it’s all the same!!!).

Basically all you really need is a very powerful food processor to transform the grains in flour. That’s all ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t know how many food processors/blenders I’ve been using…and destroying through the years (I’m very rough with them, hi hi!). I think that a powerful food processor is a needed investment in the kitchen, either if you are preparing baby food or simply cooking for your family. If you are curious to know what I use, that’s my new “investment” that I’m very happy with ๐Ÿ™‚

Here you are the simple procedure:

  • Rinse the cereal under running water to remove the debris and any unwanted element on the surface
  • Let them dry out on a clean kitchen cloth. It should take nothing more than 1 hour.
  • Place the cereal in a food processor and blend up until you will obtain a flour consistency. It took me 5 minutes
  • Now you have two options:
    • STORE the baby cereal in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 months
    • COOK the baby cereal for your little one right away
      • In a medium pan add 1 Cup of water and 1/4 cup baby cereal
      • Cook for 10 minutes at medium/low heat, keep stirring.
      • Thin the baby cereal with either hot water/breastmilk/baby formula to reached the desired consistency

Few additional information:

  • You can mix the cooked baby cereal with a veggie or fruit puree to create a more complete meal for your little one
  • You can store the cooked baby cereal leftovers in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to three days.
  • You can freeze the cooked baby cereal for up to three months in an air tight baby food container even if I suggest to grind it in flour and simply store the flour in the refrigerator and cook a small amount when needed.
  • Homemade Baby Cereal cannot be given raw to your baby, it needs to be cooked. The instant store bought baby cereal is pre-cooked, that’s why you can simply mix it with some hot liquid and serve immediately to your baby.
  • If your food processor is not enough strong to create a flour consistency, don’t worry. You can always use a kitchen strainer to separate the flour from the small chunks.

If you just entered the amazing exciting world of homemade baby food, you might be interested in these videos too:

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Introducing Dairy in your babyโ€™s diet
Baby food cooking methods
Baby Cold remedy
Baby Constipation Food Remedy
Baby Diarrhea Food Remedy

 

 

 

 

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