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How to make Okayu for your baby – Japanese baby food cooking show

Here is our first cooking show on how to make Japanese Baby Food!

Today Kaori shows us how to make Okayu (rice porridge) for your baby in 5 easy steps. Okayu is commonly used as a starter food for babies in Japan, and can be adapted to each stage of the baby’s development. The starter Okayu is called “Jyu-bai-gayu” (10 x rice porridge) and is very liquid, perfect as a starter food for 5-6 mth old babies. This video shows how to make Jyu-bai-gayu as well as your regular rice for yourself in a rice cooker – extremely simple and practical, perfect for the busy mum and dad!

Thank you Kaori for showing us! This is a fantastic idea – I love it! I’ve been cooking my baby Okayu by your method everyday since!

What you need:

  • Rice
  • Rice cooker
  • Small ceramic bowl (heat-safe)
  • Spoon
  • Grinding bowl and stick (called Suribachi and Surikogi in Japanese) – can buy from 100yen shop

How to make:

  1. Measure rice
  2. Wash rice
  3. Prepare baby Okayu in small bowl – place 1 tablespoon washed rice in bowl and add 10 tablespoons of water.
  4. Place bowl containing baby rice in the center of the rice (for yourself) in the rice cooker. Cook on normal setting.
  5. After cooking, remove the baby Okayu and grind into smaller pieces for your baby.

Happy cooking everyone!

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5 thoughts on “How to make Okayu for your baby – Japanese baby food cooking show

  1. Jess says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for a wonderful website, I’ve found so many helpful tips and tricks here!

    A quick question about okayu, is it possible to make a larger batch for baby and freeze it?

    Jess (Erin’s mom, 5 months old!)

    1. Membersonly says:

      Hi Jess, yes you can freeze 😉 Okayu is wonderful to freeze and then heat it up when you need it. xoxo

  2. Sadea Shahan says:

    Hi! Thanks for the simple okayu preparation method 🙂 Just had a question-can I use the bowl that came with the mortar and pestle set from Daiso in my rice cooker?

    1. Membersonly says:

      Hi Sadea, make sure you only use a heat-safe bowl in the rice cooker. I personally used a different bowl (heat safe) in the rice cooker, and then I transferred into the Daiso bowl. xoxo

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