This post is for all mums out there that as soon as the los turned 6 months went out and got all the weaning gadgets and gizmos. And then find out that on top of the list of baby-absolutely-loathes-items is BABY RICE! Meanwhile you have bought like 3 packs and they are now looking at you and consuming counter /cupboard space!
Yes baby rice! It is marketed as a cereal, just add milk it says on the pack...happy baby picture on the front! Yum yum!! What a scam!
my baby will have it as a cereal but we take like an hour to finish 2 tablespoons... plus i have never been able to get the consistency right.... 1 spoon to 8 spoons of baby's usual milk it says on the pack.... easy peasy you think! now if you are using breast milk. Thats not very straightforward.
Is the rice spoon heaped or level It doesnt say.
You see i tried level spoon rice and i had a very watery soup with 8 of the same spoons of milk. erhm am i supposed to use a spoon now or do i use a bottle Tried adding more rice.... it lost taste, adding more milk ...... back to the same watery problem.If i use heaped spoon it kinda becomes too tasteless. And round and round we went.
Solution: ok where is my baby cup, we had it like a drink! i cant shout.
Note: if using formula you may not have this problem, depending on how much milk you are willing to use to make it have a nice taste.
Now when i used formular to make it here is the experience.... the formular 1 scoop to 30 ml water right? That means two 15ml table sooons of water per scoop. Now to make the rice as per package instructions..... one tablespoon of rice = 8 tablespoons of milk = 4 scoops of fomular per baby rice.... considering that is essentially a 120ml bottle of milk, that i am now going to gamble on baby rice only for my daughter to take one spoon, squeeze face and spit it right out... in this harsh economy?. i rather just give her a 120 ml of formular and everyone is happy biko!
I am sure i cannot be the only one to have expereinced such frustrations!!
So as you can guess i kinda gave up on the bland powderiness of baby rice until.......
I realised it is magnificent in EVERY OTHER THING but as a cereal! Below are 6 uses i have discovered baby rice is great for:
- Need to bulk up fruit purree...... add baby rice.
- Added a bit too much water when blending baby food.... add baby rice to thicken it back to desired constitency.
- You know how annoying it is when you buy hipp or cow & gate or other ready-made meals and you want to replicate that creamy texture? Yes, your home blender will NEVER make it as smooth but in order to get that thickness that holds well on a spoon, most.... about 95% of baby food contains potato, cornstarch or...... you guessed it. RICE FLOUR... which is essentially baby rice. It doesn't usually need to be stated in the title as long as it is below a certain percentage.... so when you see stuff like chicken and sweetcorn and peas.... you will find on the ingredient list the percentages of the main ingredients listed but in additon most will contain rapeseed oil and a thickener that is either potato, cornstarch or rice. Now you can add potato or cornstarch to thicken but that needs to be cooked through to thicken it up and it usually if you remember at the start of the cooking, or reheating post-blending.... tedious . All you need is baby rice.... no need to cook through
- It also works well WITH other normal cereals like cornflakes and rice cripsies (you know the cerials that still hold their shape and dont turn into a mush like golden morn or weetabix) i find adding a spoon or so of baby rice gives it a creamier texture which is quite nice for babies that will usually drink all the milk and spit out the cornflakes back at you. Note: I also find it useful to break up such cereals to reduce the size before adding to milk.
- You can also use Baby rice as a swallow: just mix it with water and microwave or steam to form a more solid consistency (its should be no different to using rice flour to make "swallow", just do NOT mix normal rice flour into your baby's food as it is raw and needs to be cooked through. (Banga soup and baby rice was quite a hit with my dd)
- I also add it to other sauces or foods when i want to substitute it for whole rice, like Thai red curry with veg and rice, or lentils with mixed veg and rice ( I will put up recipes for these soon)
So there you have it..... now go dust out the packs of baby rice you have at the back of the cupboard. And start using them up. Waste not, Want not it is said. Do let me know if there are any other uses for baby rice you have discovered.