Can I Use Baby Food in Recipes for Grownups?

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Q: Hi — I think I have one of the weirder "Good Questions" for The Kitchn that you're ever going to get.

To wit: how can I re-purpose baby food for adult cooking?

Yes, there's a backstory — I recently was nursing a cat through a final illness, and part of that was trying to find something he'd eat. One of the things that my vet suggested was baby food — just straight-up pureed chicken or ham from Gerber. So a couple times I'd get a jar, put a spoonful of it down for my cat — and he'd nibble a little, but then leave the rest, and so into the fridge the jar would go.

Well, that's over now (my cat, sadly, passed away a month ago), and I've figured out what to do with all the rest of his things. Except...the baby food. I still have those three mostly-full jars in my fridge; one beef, one chicken, and one ham. And I'm a little too frugal to throw them away.

So I'm trying to think how they can be repurposed for something else - sandwich spreads? Mix with water as emergency soup stocks? Any ideas for how to re-use baby food?

Sent by Kim

Editor: Kim, deep condolences on the loss of your cat. So sad!

As far as the baby food goes, this is an intriguing question — but we have to say, it would probably be best to throw them out if they have been open over a month. It doesn't seem wise to eat them, at this point.

But we are curious about using baby food in recipes. Has anyone tried this? Do you have any recipes that depend on a baby food puree?


Related: Family Mealtime: How To Make Your Own Baby Food

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.