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Cooking With Food Storage–November 2014

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Making Baby Food from Food Storagebaby eating

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

Additional ingredients:

  • 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.

 

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