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How Do I Store the Baby Rice Grains I've Made?

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Question: How Do I Store the Baby Rice Grains I've Made?
I am really excited to be making my own baby rice foods, but I am not sure how I should store the grains both before and after cooking.
Answer:

Making your own rice for baby is a very frugal choice. You'll be saving a good deal of money on your homemade whole grain rice meals then you would if you were buying dehydrated infant cereal flakes, that's for certain. Preserving your rice is certainly key in getting the most for your money.

Storing Uncooked Rice Grains

Whether you've chosen to use white or brown rice (my preference), the storage guidelines are the same.

  • Whole Grains: store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place
  • Ground Grains: store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator
  • Any Grains in Hot or Humid Temperatures: be sure to move your containers to the refrigerator

Storing Cooked Baby Rice Cereal in the Refrigerator

Once you have prepared and cooked your rice, in whole grain or ground form, in your refrigerator for 3 days. The texture may very slightly. Adding your choice of liquid (breastmilk or formula) will help reconstitute the cereal

Freezing Cooked Rice

You can store cooked rice in the freezer in a similar method to how you freeze homemade purées. It is my preference, however, to freeze the uncooked grains, whole or ground, into meal-sized portions rather than freeze prepared rice. I have found that the texture of frozen cooked rice isn't the most appealing.

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