This is a discussion on Barley water within the Introducing Solids & Feeding Your Fussy Toddlers forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; mummies, wanna check.. barley water should be white colour right? i boiled today for the first time then it became ...
mummies, wanna check.. barley water should be white colour right? i boiled today for the first time then it became pink! i boiled for about 30mins.. anyone had same experience?
really? do you make for alicia? my mum also say dont boil too long..hmm y my barley water pink...hmm...
btw, how often can we give barley water to out babies n is it ok for us to put into sippy n give them to sip throughout the day? will it spoil? cos my girl doesnt drink alot per time...
Last edited by annie; 15-08-2009 at 08:55 PM.
hmm my girl is breatfed..direct latch thus no bottle. she can drink it alone though
never come across barley "pink" colour, it should be milky colour. If you are boiling the china barley is light clear milky colour. if boiling the normal barley is should be blur milky colour.
I feed barley only once a wk. during early stage 3-6 mths, i diluted the barley water so that it will not be too strongly for baby. then as of 7 mths onwards I give (normal) barley water also once a week (working no time to boil so can only boil during weekend).
dont know how often can they drink if i got time to boil? hee.
i bought the ang mo barley(洋薏米）and the china barley.. the auntie told me to mix n cook cos it taste better than just the china barley alone.. i cook with distilled water. wonder if that makes the pinkish colour?
ooh ok noted! i realise there are so many ways of cooking it! i read online.. some says boil for 20-30mins.. some say boil for 2-3hrs! then my mum say.. just throw inside water n once water boil switch off the gas! then leave the barley inside till the water cool down then throw the barley away n serve the water...
what your mum say is what my mum say too.
oh so my mum is right hehe. ok then i shall do that for my girl next time. the leave some n boil longer for myself for the taste lol
barley maybe good but children cannot drink everyday may be too "liang" 凉 for them. so far my practice is most 3 times a week but if they are too young better bring down to 2 times a week.
ok thanks! btw, how to store the leftovers? must finish in a day? if give my girl in her sippy n let her sip throughout the day can ? will spoil in rm temp for 12hrs or not?
my advice after boil, if leave in Rm temp not more than 8 hours is still ok. If still have some leftover just keep in the fridge for adult consumption only dont give kids as it may cause wind to their stomach. My personal practice, I only give my boy fresh brew barley within the 8 hours after boil, strictly no overnight for him. Just to prevent bacteria.
so leaving in rm temp for 8hrs so far ok for your son? no diahrrea or watsoever? that time i gave my girl cold barley drink but then she didnt finish so i dont know wanna keep back into fridge or leave in rm temp. scared spoil..next time shall give her warm one..
ya ok for him so no diahrrea or watsoever? If you prefer, you can flask it to keep it warm at all time so when you pour out for your kid to drink it will still be in the warm stage. Barley should be in Rm temp at all time within the same day is ok.
What I meant earlier is when end of the day if we still have a lot of balance, both myself & hubby will drink it if still cant finish, we will then bottle it into the fridge for our own consumption only. FYI, I dont practice giving my boy any "cold" (as in fridge) drink.
oh i see.. i sometimes give my girl cold water from fridge so i dont mind giving her cold barley drink also. i just worry if she cant finish then i put back in the fridge dont know will spoil or not. cos i usually pour a cup into her sippy.. she only takes a few sips here n there.. maybe i shall give her rm temp barley drink next time n let her sip throughout the day then. thanks redjn!
if that's case, my advice not to put it back into fridge, is better to dispose it away then putting back into fridge.
like that .. or can i simply leave in rm temp after taking out from fridge? or best way is to give her the rm temp barley(after cool) n then let her finish it within 8hrs?
I normally dont do that, I believe after taking it out fm fridge & leave in Rm temp may contaminate the drink will bacteria so best is freshly boil, leave it Rm temp & consume within the same day.
ok noted. i also worry bout bacteria infection hehe. so next time i boil i shall leave it to cool in rm temp n then serve her the cooled barley water throughout the day then. keep the rest inside fridge for me n hubby haha. thanks!
I dont know how true it is that we not suspose to give barley water to kid daily when they were too young scare they "lao Sai" b'cos it is too cooling fot them. if you really want to give them the most twice a week, it should be save then.
ok thanks alot redjn! uve been very helpful!