Using jarred baby food to make finger foods

Melissa - posted on 09/07/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I receive WIC, so I get a lot of baby food, but my 7 month old is already not interested in pureed baby foods, she wants foods she can feed herself and chew on (ever since getting 2 little teeth that's all she wants to do). We are on a very tight budget so I have to feed her the WIC foods I can't afford foods otherwise. So I am looking for suggestions/recipes on turning the purees into finger foods. I would LOVE to find a way to make those baby puffs for her, she just a few days ago got introduced to them and loves them, but one I don't like all the ingredients and 2 they are soo expensive, not even close to being in our budget. I remember finding a teething biscuit recipe with my first one that used baby cereal and purees, but I can't find it now. Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated, thanks! :-)

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Sheronda - posted on 10/12/2012

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Here's a recipe I found, hope it helps





Teething Biscuit Recipes - Eggless Baby Cereal Cookies



Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 cup dry infant rice cereal

3 tablespoons cooking oil

Pureed Veggies or Fruit (I used peas = 1 jar equivalent)

ice water



Directions:

Preheat oven 425F

Mix flour and cereal.

Gradually stir in oil. Mix a little ice water at a time (start with 1/4 cup) until dough begins to form a ball and pull away from the bowl.

Roll out to the thickness of a cracker on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. (The dough is very sticky so use lots of flour!)

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 10-12 min. or until lightly brown. Cool completely.



Store in an airtight container. (you may want to try 1/2 plain and 1/2 flavored baby cereal as the taste when using full flavored baby cereal is very strong.)

Katherine - posted on 09/09/2012

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If you're on WIC you can get EBT too. That will pay for the puffs and food and medicaid.

Roxanna - posted on 10/20/2012

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Someone recommended muffins, great idea, so are pancakes. You can also mix some of the jar foods with a bit of rice, or finely chopped meat, ground turkey is great. The 8 month old baby I watch prefers more solid foods and his Mom gets CASES of baby jar food. Since I love to bake, I make him muffins (receipes from vegetarian websites) or I add finely chopped veggies and or meat. You should see him chow down my version of baby stew. No babies are harmed in the preparation of the Stews!

Grace - posted on 09/11/2012

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I'm not sure how to make baby food into finger foods except to use it as substitutes in recipes. Maybe make muffins, biscuits things like that. ?

Katherine - posted on 09/09/2012

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That sucks. I'm pretty sure I saw a recipe for puffs somewhere.

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Christopher - posted on 03/07/2014

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Fake Apple Pie Baby Health Shake:
1 4oz jar of peach baby food
1 4oz jar of banana baby food
1 jar of squash baby food
2 scoops formula
4oz milk
1 Tbsp cinnamon
In a blender add 4 oz milk. 1 full jar of peach baby food. 1 full jar of banana baby food. 1/4th of a jar of baby squash. 2 scoops of formula. And 1 Tbsp of cinnamon. Blend together. Pour into sippy cup. (should smell like apple pie)

I made this for Junior because he is anemic and has decided lately he doesn't want jar food. It works great and makes a good dessert.

Stephannie - posted on 12/02/2013

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I saw this recipe somewhere else(or a version of it) and they said that you can pipe the dough into shapes like with a baking bag. I'm going to try this with a ziplock bag, we'll see how it does

Melissa - posted on 10/20/2012

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Thanks for all the ideas, I'm going to try those teething biscuits soon! When my 3 year old was younger I would use his baby food in pancakes all the time, when I first made this post I didn't want to try pancakes yet b/c she hadn't had enough of the ingredients yet, but we do those now and she LOVES them! She is a pancake piggy. She's eating meat now and gets jarred meat on WIC too so I made her chicken pancakes, I was sooo tempted to make waffles they are just so much more work but then she could have chicken and waffles :-D I've also since discovered my 3 year old loves to eat the baby food, he thinks it's different flavored "sauces" like applesauce, LOL, so I figured he could eat her food and I could use his WIC produce vouchers for her food :-D The baby stew is a great idea, when my 3 year old was closer to around 18 months, we still had leftover jarred food from WIC (we were doing much better then, still qualified for WIC but could afford food too) but to use it up I would mix it into stuff like mac and cheese, spaghetti, enchilada sauce, etc... But my baby doesn't eat that stuff yet. She loves rice though, but she loves to feed it to herself... I could see that getting very messy, haha. I also found for anyone looking at this for ideas, I got them at Walmart, but on the cereal isle (on the bottom where no looks because they're not name brand) they have puffed rice and puffed wheat cereal and that's all it is either rice or wheat without all the added junk and sugar that the gerber puffs have and she loves those just as much and they were only $1 for a 6oz bag, which of puffed stuff is a pretty big bag.

Jamie - posted on 09/11/2012

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My daughter loved pancakes. You could make those with puree for most of the liquid. Add a little egg or milk for the rest of the liquid.

Melissa - posted on 09/09/2012

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No, I can't. The income level for WIC is 185% of the poverty whereas any other form of welfare is below the poverty line. We make just slightly too much for food stamps and state health care, which is really frustrating because I see families making less then us who then do qualify for these aids and their kids are getting way more then what I can do for mine.

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