So you want to know how to cook grain porridge for your baby? You came to the right place. Grains should be:
- first soaked in water with a spoonful of yogurt,
- then rinsed well,
- and only after that cooked.
Let`s see how it`s done…
How to cook grain porridge
Soaking the grains at least from the previous evening is very advisable. This way the phytic acid, which is found in the bran of all cereal grains, is neutralized. Why you should worry about the phytic acid? It`s simple – this acid prevents the body from absorbing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
So back to the soaking process. The grain water ratio should be 1:2. It is good to add 1 tablespoon of yogurt in the water and leave at room temperature.
If you are particularly interested in the soaking time of different grains, it`s as follows:
- Millet, ,quinoa, amaranth: 12-24 hours
- Buckwheat: 8-12 hours
- Wheat, rye, rice: 8-24 hours
- Oats: 18-24 hours
- Corn meal: 3-4 hours
After soaking, the grains should be rinsed well. And then you can prepare whole grain porridge or porridge from whole grain flour if your baby is younger than 9 months.
Porridge from homemade whole grain flour
Suitable for babies as soon as you start introducing solids
In order to prepare it, you must first dry the grains after you have soaked them as described above. This can be done in a dehumidifier (if available) or in a fan oven. Spread the grains on a baking tray covered with baking paper, turn on the oven to the lowest degree and leave until the oven has them completely dried. It took me 4-5 hours.
Prepare the flour from the dried grains by grinding them in a coffee grinder or a blender. You will need 2 tablespoons flour for one serving of porridge. Again, soak the flour in water from the previous evening, this time in about 150 ml of water. In the morning stir and cook on medium heat until the porridge thickens.
The whole procedure of soaking, drying and cooking may seem tedious, but it’s worth it. We all want to offer our babies the best, isn’t that right? And it’s not that bad. I used to do the following – I drained large amounts of grains at once, and then I stored them in jars in the fridge. That’s how I always had different option for breakfast. I ground the selected grains for a porridge from the previous evening and soaked them.
Whole grain porridge
Start offering it when the baby has reached 9 months
This is the quickest and easiest way to prepare grain porridge. But it`s advisable to offer it when the baby can chew and there is no danger of choking with a grain.
To prepare this type of porridge, after soaking discard the water, rinse the grains well and pour new water in a 1:2 grain-water ratio. The exception is amaranth, rice and corn meal, which require more water. For amaranth and rice the ratio is 1:3, and for corn meal 1:5. Regardless of what type of grains you have chosen, cook until the grain has softened and the water has evaporated.
As you progress with the baby’s feeding, you can offer the oat and rye kernels raw, just soaked. Organic shops also offer rice kernels and you can add diversity to your child’s menu.
Check also our other post about homemade grain porridge and flavouring