Making Baby Food from Food Storage
Spoonable Baby Foods
- Make fruit and vegetable purees from dried. Apples, bananas, peaches, apricots, peas, sweet and white potatoes and carrots can all be reconstituted with a little extra water. Traditionally dehydrated foods will then need to be run through a food mill (Nuk makes a baby food mill for about $12, or buy a full-size stainless steel version for around $30), but many freeze-dried foods are brittle enough that they could be crushed (such as in a plastic bag with a rolling pin) prior to rehydrating.
- Quick or rolled oats can be pulverized in a blender or food processor (don’t go too long or you will turn it into flour). Mix ½ cup boiling water with about 2 Tablespoons oat cereal and whisk for about 30 seconds to blend.
- Rice cereal can be made by pulverizing whole brown or white rice in a blender or spice grinder. Mix ½ cup boiling water with about 2 Tablespoons rice cereal and whisk for about 30 seconds to blend.
Emergency Baby Formula
This simple formula can be used in an emergency when other options are not available.
8 oz milk base, made from:
- 1/3 cup sterile water and 2/3 cup boiled milk OR
- ¾ cup + 1 Tablespoon sterile water and 3 Tablespoons evaporated milk
- 1 cup sterile water and ¼ cup powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon sweetener (sugar or brown rice syrup, nothing artificial!), for carbohydrates
- 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses, for iron (optional)
- ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast, for B vitamins (optional)
- ½ teaspoon fish oil, for good fats and vitamins A & D (once a day, optional)
Shake or blend thoroughly. If baby is small, water can be pre-warmed on the stove or even inside your jacket. Aim for body temperature. Use formula within 1-2 hours or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Note: Goat milk is often tolerated better by dairy-sensitive individuals and is available both canned and dry.