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    I'm looking for a teething rusk/hard food to give my 6 months old.

    Grain, dairy, nut and egg free.

    Has anyone had any success with something like this?

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    arrowroot cookies
    --Trish (Bork)
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    • #3
      Do you have a recipe?

      Sounds like a good thing to try first

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      • #4
        I think Dr. Bork Bork was joking(?!) Low-salt beef jerky is a good choice - if I were to have another child, that's what I would give as a "teething" food. You can also get those mesh feeding whatsits and stuff a slice of frozen apple or pear in - those feel nice on the gums.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by spughy View Post
          I think Dr. Bork Bork was joking(?!)
          why would I be joking? You could probably get a good ginger snap/firm quality biscuit using arrowroot.
          --Trish (Bork)
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          • #6
            Sorry, I always associated arrowroot biscuits with lots of sugar... I've only used it as a thickener and I've only gone as far as primal pie crust with the baking experiments. Would it be possible to cookiefy it without using sugar?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by spughy View Post
              Sorry, I always associated arrowroot biscuits with lots of sugar... I've only used it as a thickener and I've only gone as far as primal pie crust with the baking experiments. Would it be possible to cookiefy it without using sugar?
              probably not, but it wouldn't hurt to have a tiny bit in there. Maybe use maple syrup or molasses, or even a fruit paste like dates. Again, minute quantities. Just ideas. The post-surgery drugs I'm on right now could be totally throwing me off my rocker :P
              --Trish (Bork)
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              • #8
                I thought using arrowroot flour to make some form of cookies was a good idea. Perhaps I could use home made apple sauce as a binder/sweetener? Would that work?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Merla View Post
                  I thought using arrowroot flour to make some form of cookies was a good idea. Perhaps I could use home made apple sauce as a binder/sweetener? Would that work?
                  only one way to find out
                  --Trish (Bork)
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                  • #10
                    Hmmm holy, I'm after something Grain, dairy, soy, nut and egg free. Salicylates are also a problem for us.

                    I also don't believe in pureeing baby food. We do baby lead solids, my bub feeds herself.

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                    • #11
                      I came across these: Cloth Diaper Pail: Vegan Arrowroot Teething Biscuits

                      Not quite what you're after, but no dairy or eggs, and some experimentation could get you what you want. Maybe sub in more arrowroot flour for the spelt, and I liked the idea of date paste or maple syrup to sweeten. Applesauce tends to keep baked goods nice and moist, not quite what you'd want here. I think arrowroot has been used in teething biscuits for a long time - I seem to recall it mentioned in my old Mary Poppins books :-)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Merla View Post
                        Hmmm holy, I'm after something Grain, dairy, soy, nut and egg free. Salicylates are also a problem for us.
                        There's so much that has to be out, that it tends to raise the thought that maybe a rusk isn't the answer but dried meat as someone suggested.

                        If there were no problem with nuts or eggs, I'd suggest experimenting with the "bread" that Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride gives in her GAPS book:

                        2 cups ground almonds
                        cup softened butter or coconut oil, goose fat, duck fat, etc.
                        3 eggs

                        You bake that in a greased tray at 150 C for about an hour. What could be easier? I've only done it a couple of times, but it worked well. I substituted shredded coconut for half the almonds, and that tasted really good.

                        The texture was rather soft, but one could probably get around that by cutting the bread up and putting it back in again -- in a low oven to dry out. This is what used to be done with bread for rations -- biscuit comes from the French word for twice-baked.

                        I reckon you might try the twice-baking trick on any kind of biscuit mix you do come up with that sort of works but comes out too soft.

                        The "Arrowroot Cookies" recipe was a nice find, although alarmingly over-sweetened to give a child. My goodness, don't those vegans love to eat, and serve, food that's bad for them and that keeps agribusiness ticking over! Never mind the "canola" oil, an industrial seed oil that gives you heart lesions; how about the whole quarter cup of syrup! I suspect that recipe works well enough but only because of the spelt.

                        Maybe a bought packet of "gluten-free flour" might be the way to go. They're usually a mix of things -- potato flour, tapioca, and usually some rice. Is a little rice really a problem -- given that you are determined on a rusk?

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                        • #13
                          You know, on further contemplation, I think my knee-jerk reaction to the idea of teething biscuits is partially from my parents, who were vehemently against them - and they were dental professionals. Something starchy, sweet and sticky (after it's been gummed extensively) is going to give a great start to nasty, cavity-causing bacteria that the wee critter is picking up from smooches and grabbing used spoons and whatnot. It doesn't matter if it's made with "paleo" ingredients or if it's gluten-free or whatever - the available sugars and starches are what will provide the toehold for the bacteria.

                          If you're looking for a more "ancestral-diet" solution to teething issues - a chunk of wood is probably universal, unlikely to cause dental or health problems, effective, and won't fill a little tummy up with space that could be occupied by the much-more nutritious breastmilk.

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                          • #14
                            What about a smaller sized shin bone cooked in the oven, then cooled. I know my daughter used to like to chew on a T-bone. This was a long time ago, and probably got a few strange looks. They must have thought I was a rotten mother to let my baby chew on a bone.

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