Corn For Your Baby

Fresh corn is really best in season, which is in the summer. If it is really fresh, you can just cut it off the stem and enjoy! Your baby will love its sweet taste and get good practice with his pincer grasp attempting to pick it up. Of course, frozen corn will work for the rest of the year, and it is still delicious. Another way to serve your baby corn is by making grits. Grits are ground up form of corn that are ubiquitous in the Southern United States, and are particularly good mixed with butter or scrambled eggs (for the adults until your baby turns 1 year old).

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

How to buy

Buy fresh corn in season, or buy frozen corn kernels. The best way to tell if the corn is any good is to peel it and look at the kernels. Stores don't want you to do this - so just peek at the kernels you can see. They should be light in color and tightly packed.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Fresh corn can be prepared in the microwave still in its husks. Alternatively, you can shuck the corn (remove husks and silk) and steam on the stove or in the microwave.

Microwave methods

  1. Pull back husks from corn, leaving husks attached at base of cob; remove silks. Rinse corn and pat dry. Pull husks up over corn. Rinse corn in husks. Place in microwave and cook for 8 minutes. Test to see if heated through. If corn is hot it is done.
  2. Shuck corn and place in microwave safe dish with a few tablespoons of water. Microwave for 5 minutes and test if corn is hot.

Stove method

  1. Shuck corn and remove silk.
  2. Place corn in pot with 2 inches of water. Cover and cook over high heat until corn is hot.

To Store

Corn will keep in the refrigerator for a long time if it has its husk. It will lose its sweetness over time so try to use it within a week.

Are there baby food jars?

Yes, you will see it mixed with other foods.

Should I buy organic?

No. It was found by the USDA to contain very little pesticide residue.

Adult Recipe

See cooking methods for baby and eat plain or try corn and black bean salad below.

Corn and Black Bean Salad

1 bag frozen corn or 2 or 3 ears corn shucked and kernels sliced off
1 15 oz cans black beans
1 avocado, diced
juice of one lime
1/4 cup of finely diced red onion (optional)
Drain black beans well and add corn into a medium sized bowl. Dice avocados and add to mixture. Cut lime in half and squeeze on top of avocados. Add onion and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

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