Rabbit broth for hungry babies and kids

Rabbit broth sounds awesome and my little princess loves soup. Thus I cooked the best and healthy broth from a rabbit. Lately, rabbit meat is not so common in our country, but 2 or 3 decades ago, rabbit meat was very common and popular. It is sad people are forgetting this meat since it is one of the top types of meat.

This is the reason why I chose the rabbit to cook Emily’s first soup.

Rabbit foreleg with vegetable
Rabbit foreleg with vegetable
Photo: © Bargl M., for lileater.com / lileater.cz

Recipe

Preparation time:15 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes (4 hours)
Portions:8

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit foreleg with bone (approx. 7oz)
  • 2 mid-sized carrots
  • 1 parsley root
  • 1/4 celery
  • 1 mid-sized onion
  • 2 mid-sized potatoes
  • 1 handful of smooth parsley leaves
  • 1 handful of celery leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 balls of allspice
  • (optional small pinch of salt)
  • 5 cups baby water

Instructions

Clean the root vegetables and scrape off the skin. Cut the carrot and parsley in half. Put the vegetable into the pot, add spice and pour the baby water. If you want to cook more stock, be sure to add more ingredients.

Pressure cooker or instant pot rabbit stock
Cook for 30 minutes from the moment the pressure is high and the lid is fully closed. The moment, when the water boils and pressure builds up so the pot hissses with a steam. Reduce the flame to one third and let it cook for mentioned 30 minutes.

Once finished, let the pot cool down until the pressure drops down and it is safe to open the pot. Drain the stock over strainer. You can use strained vegetables for yourself or your can mash it and feed the baby (carrot and potatoes).

Classic pot rabbit stock

The classic pot uses same ingredients, same instructions, but the cooking time takes 4 hours. Once you bring the water to boil, lower the flame and let the stock simmer on low heat. The rest is again to drain over the strainer and serve.

Tip: Use the salt wisely. A small amount makes the soup tasty, the bigger amount makes it hard for babies digestive system. Out little babies have just a small experience with the world and each new tast could be just too much for them to handle.

Always use just a small amount of any spice when you are using it for the first time. Wait for the baby’s feedback.

Rabbit stock – what to do with vegetables?

If you want to give your baby an extra delicious lunch, mash a piece of boiled potatoes with carrot from the broth and serve it to the baby as a second course.

Tip: Should your baby have issues eating in the feeding chair, try different approach. I tried to feed Emily while she was playing on the floor (playing mat for babies). She ate the whole dish since she thought everyhing is under her control.

How did Emily liked rabbit broth? 

Rabbit broth was great. Still, I have to say, she liked the beef broth even more. She was able to eat the whole bottle at once.

An interesting fact is, that Emily liked the broth fresh right after it was cooked. But eating it the next day, she was not as enthusiastic as the first time. Maybe she desired for some other taste.

Who knows what is happening in our kid’s head since it is still a quiet being, who cannot speak for herself.

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