Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Homemade Baby Food

The plan for this week was to make homemade rice cereal and homemade carrots. As you saw in my previous post I'm not going to make carrots for another month so until I go to the grocery store Makenzie will only be having rice cereal.

Initially I was just fine with using Earth's Best Organic Rice Cereal even though I REALLY wanted to at least give Makenzie brown rice cereal so there are some nutrients in it. Makenzie never really took to rice cereal so I thought I would try making it on my own. Of course I went to the trusty to look up how to make your own baby cereals. One suggestion was to create a rice powder using a coffee grinder. I have the correct blade grinder and haven't ground coffee in over a year so I decided to dust off the grinder and make some rice powder. Unfortunately that didn't work for me. I don't know if it was me or my grinder or what but it ground unevenly creating some really big "kernals" and some very fine powder.

I sifted through the kernals and got out the fine powder. I had a feeling it wasn't going to work but I went ahead and gave it a try. I added some water and got this:

I know my picture is kinda dark (I'm going to be working on getting some better pics) but essentially it was paste, exactly what I suspected it would be. Now, apparently you're supposed to boil the powder for ten minutes and so forth but I just didn't feel like my rice ground up right so I didn't want to take the time to really test it out. If you want to see how to use this method and try for yourself, here's the link.

So, after the flop, I decided to try it the way I felt I should have been in the beginning. I cooked up some brown rice and pureed it in the blender. I didn't have any breastmilk on hand so I just pureed it with water (next time I will puree it with breastmilk). I started off with 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice and slowly added water and pulsed the rice and water. You have to be careful not to create a paste here as well.

I gave it to Makenzie and she loved it. Usually she gags on the rice cereal but she was fussing for more after every bite. That's my girl a genuine foodie just like her momma. :)

I'll admit the clean up for the rice cereal is a little tedious because, as you know rice is starchy and sticky but it was worth it. She's going to be trying oatmeal cereal soon so I won't be working with rice forever. I have realized that I really want a mini food processor for making all of her baby food. I thought our blender would cut it but it's really not doing the job I need it to do.

The best part about making Makenzie's baby food was the excitement and fulfillment. It was actually really exciting to see that Makenzie loved the rice cereal that I had made. I had a great sense of accomplishment and for that split second I felt like I was actually doing something right instead of constantly second guessing myself. I guess every time I doubt myself as a mother I just need to go whip up some baby food.

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