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Prepared rice cereal - how long does it keep?
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:19 AM
I am just wondering how long prepared rice cereal keeps in the fridge. I prepare mine with formula and I know that normally the recommendation is that mixed formula is not kept for any longer than 24 hours in the fridge. Does anyone know if the same applies for rice cereal prepared with formula? And does anyone know if the rice cereal can be kept longer if it is prepared with just boiled water instead?
Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:25 AM
How much are you making that you need to store it? I used to discard any uneaten portion because it would be contaminated by the spoon, after the spoon had been in baby's mouth. At most you'd be using 2 tblspoon cereal in any one serving.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:59 AM
I usually throw away leftover cereal if any left.
I never made it according to the instructions on the cereal packet. I would end up with heaps, but my DD can only eat 2-3tbsp. So, I just make a small amount, with around 2-3 teaspoons of cereal and approx. 50ml of formula. Or, sometimes I use less formula and cereal and add banana or stewed fruit. I think it's Ok, as long as it's right consistency.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:36 PM
i've never kept it cos i had it change consitency over time once before and got worried. But i am intersted in the answers you get as i'd like to provide some for DS when he's in CC and haven't so far cos it would have to stay in the fridge pre-prepared and i wasn't sure it would be ok ...
Posted 09 April 2008 - 03:52 PM
I don't think you could as it would change consistency too much. Just prepare what you need and discard any uneaten portions
Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:51 PM
I make up rice cereal for breakfast (water or formula) plus some mashed fruit. DS brings this for breakfast at childcare. Sometimes he doesnt finish it so they dont wash out the container so I can see how much he left. By the time I pick him up (8hrs later) it is all runny.
I sometimes mix the rice cereal into his pureed veggies (esp if I pureeds the veggeis with too much water and it is a bit runny)...for some strange reason this holds its consistency better and doesnt become runny.
I think because his breakfast has a higer water content the cereal reverts to a runny mess.
My rule of thumb is that if it is made with formula or ebm then I wouldnt keep it more than 12hrs.
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