Have you ever wondered what Korean moms feed their babies, or more particularly, do you want to know what I fed our sons when they were around 1 year old? Okay, today I will teach you how to make a delicious and nutritious Korean baby food. Even if you don’t have a baby to feed, you can still make it for yourself because it tastes great if you add a little salt. Before I start, I want to give a shout out to my sister-in-law in Korea because she is watching my videos and she gave me the cute dress that I’m wearing today last year. Let’s get started.
Yield: 6 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- IYuSik (이유식) = Baby Food
- AGi (아기) = Baby
- 1½ Cups Cooked Rice
- ⅔ Cup Zucchini (3 oz, 80g)
- 3 Cups Water
- 5 oz Boneless Chicken Breast or Tender (150g)
- 3 oz Onion (80g)
- 1 oz Carrot (35g)
- 2 Pieces Dried Kelp (1×1 inch)
Prepare about 5 oz of boneless chicken. I will use 2 chicken tenders today, but you can use about ½ of a chicken breast also. At the same time, cook some rice to use later. Of course, you can also use leftover rice for this recipe too. We use short grain rice for Korean cuisine, but you can use whatever kind of rice that you have.
We are going to get the flavor from tasty chicken broth. So, get these vegetable ingredients (3 oz of onion, 1 oz of carrot) and 2 pieces of dried kelp, along with the chicken.
Put the prepared ingredients for the broth in a pot.
Pour 3 cups of water into the pot. Once the water starts to boil, cook it for about 3 minutes on high.
After 3 minutes, discard the kelp and continue cooking the rest for about 15 minutes on high.
After 15 minutes, take out the cooked chicken, carrot, and onion. We are going to chop them for this baby food, so let them cool down little bit.
Strain out the broth; you will get about 2 cups. You will be surprised by the good flavor that this savory broth gives to the baby food without any other seasoning ingredients.
Finely chop about ⅔ cup of Zucchini (3 oz), and then chop 1 cup of the cooked chicken, ⅓ cup of carrot, and ¼ cup of an onion in the same way. Each child’s growth speed is different, so how finely you chop these depends on how well your child can chew. Adjust the size of these ingredients to suit your child.
Obtain 1½ cups of cooked rice. There is another method using uncooked rice to make the baby food, but to save the cooking time and make it easier, I recommend trying this method using cooked rice. The flavor and texture is also graet.
In a larger pot, add the cooked rice, chicken, and all the vegetables.
Pour 2 cups of the chicken broth we saved earlier into the pot. Mix everything well and cook it on high.
Once it starts to boil, reduce the temperature to medium- high and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, you will get this colorful and tasty baby food for your child.
This recipe made about 6 servings. I like to keep the baby food in single-serving-sized jars. After your baby eats the baby food from this kind of jar, save the jars and use for them for this. When you remove the labels from the jars, there is this residual sticky stuff. I used orange essential oil to remove it. It’s nice and clean now. Wash your jars
real good and dry them out.
Put some of the baby food in each jar. If you make different kinds of baby food on different days, it is nice to write a date on the jar, so use this kind of tape and write down the date. I will just write 12/25, Christmas, because I cannot wait for it. lol You can take remove this tape later for reuse.
I put the baby food jars in organizing containers like this and keep them in the freezer. Btw, I love this container that I got from Amazon. I use these for my lunch box supplies, kitchen drawers, and kid’s desk, everywhere… If you are looking for nice organizing containers for your drawers. I highly recommend these. I will add the link below this video for you.
Go back to the recipe, whenever you are ready to feed the food to your baby, take a jar from the freezer, and put it in a small saucepan. Fill the sauce pan half full of water and boil it. Once the water starts to boil, I cook it for about 5 minutes on high and then turn off the heat. Then let the baby food finish warming up in the hot water for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, you will see the frozen baby food thawed to just the right temperature to feed your baby.