Make Your Own Baby Rice and Porridge (6+ months)
There are plenty of commercial varieties of baby rice and porridge on the supermarket shelves, but making your own is just as good and less expensive.
Making your own baby rice is easy. Mix with breast milk or formula milk, then use on its own or mix with a fruit or vegetable pureé. The recipe below makes 4-6 portions and is suitable for freezing.
25g short grain rice
- Put the rice in a sieve and rinse under cold water.
- Put the rice into a saucepan and cover with enough cold water to cover.
- Cover the pan with a lid, bring the rice to the boil.
- Once boiling, reduce to a very low heat and do not remove the lid.
- Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Puree the rice with a blender.
- Add enough milk to make a smooth, runny puree.
To reheat frozen baby rice: Defrost completely, then heat through until piping hot to avoid any risk of contamination. Check the temperature by tasting it to make sure it is not to hot for your baby.
Porridge with Apricot Pureé
Porridge helps baby to feel fuller for longer and aids concentration. Makes 1 – 4 servings of porridge and 4 – 6 portions of pureé.
Ingredients for the Apricot Puree
115g ready to eat unsulphured dried apricots (organic apricots)
For the Porridge
55g porridge oats
125ml milk (breast, formula, cow’s milk)
- Put apricots in a sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes until tender. Once soft puree the apricots with a blender, adding water left in pan if necessary.
- Make the porridge by putting the oats in a pan with the milk.
- Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for six minutes until smooth.
- Pour the porridge into a bowl and stir in a large spoonful of the apricot puree.
Variations: Try mashed banana or pureéd apple or pear instead of apricot.