Making organic formula has become a big trend in recent years as more and more parents try to find eco-friendly alternatives for their children’s food. If you want to make your own, it’s best to start with a few basics, like starting with cold water and whole milk.
From there, the process is fairly straightforward: heat the mixture in an oven while stirring often. After some time you should have a lovely white foam on the surface of the liquid that should be solidifying into solids. It is imperative to use an accurate thermometer when making organic formulas so that you know when your mix has reached its optimal temperature.
Though there are many online resources and videos on how to make your own organic formula, no one really has a perfect recipe. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another, so we had to develop our own method of extracting solid organic formula from milk.
Step 1: Measurement for ratios
We use organic soy milk, organic whole milk, and breastmilk. The parent who is not breastfeeding the baby should boil 1 cup of water. While that is happening, the person breastfeeding can begin feeding the baby.
After feeding the baby, have them burp and then begin step two.
Step 2: Measure out 3/4 cup of soy milk and pour into a pot on medium heat while stirring with a whisk. Set aside the leftover 1/4 cup to use as needed later in step 4.
Step 3: Measure out 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil (sunflower or olive oil works best) into another pot on medium heat.
Step 4: Heat the soy milk mix and add the oil. Stir constantly with a whisk. Become frustrated at this step if your milk doesn’t form immediately.
Step 5: As soon as it looks like the milk is one solid mass, remove from heat, let sit for a few minutes, then whisk again. Repeat this step several times until you see a texture similar to cool whipped cream (if you are worried about it being too hot, try this method to prevent premature curdling). If there’s still no texture after 5-10 minutes of resting, strain through cheesecloth or other fine gauze over another pot; do not use paper towels as they will retain too much water and you will be left with a mess.
Step 6: Once you are happy with the texture, let it sit on the counter for 20-60 minutes. Then place it in the refrigerator.
Step 7: When the soy milk has cooled, take out a cup or so and blend it in a food processor until smooth. This will be added later to make a less watery formula. Your result should look like milk that’s half frozen into chunks of ice, but still liquid enough to pour out of a pitcher.
Step 8: Pour the rest of your mix into formula containers and store in your refrigerator for up to 10 days, or your freezer for up to 3 months (though we haven’t tested this limit).
After trying this method myself, I can say it’s pretty reliable and promising. All the recipes I have tried have always come out perfectly after around an hour of being in the oven with constant stirring. You can also consider baby probiotics for your baby’s health.