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Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Have you ever looked for healthy homemade dog food recipes? You may not realize it but there are benefits to making your own dog food. If you are like me, you may have thought it is costly to make dog food or maybe you are nervous about your pet getting good nutrition. Proper storage of homemade dog food may also have been a consideration.

These are all legitimate concerns but as you will see the process is much easier than you may think. Making your own pet food can also be quite economical. So let's begin with the ingredients that you will need. You will need protein, grain and vegetables. With these simple guidelines in mind you can adapt this recipe to suite your pet's likes and your budget.

Ingredients

  • Three or four bullion cubes. (Which ever flavor you like according to the type of meat you are using).
  • Ten pounds of boneless meat. (You may use chicken, turkey, beef, lamb etc). This is one place you can cater to your pet's taste and it will also depend on how much you want to spend.
  • 4.5 to 5 cups of grain. ( Here you may also choose rice or barley).
  • 5 cups vegetables either frozen or fresh. (Once again let your pet's preference be your guide). You may add peas, carrots, Lima beans, potatoes, lentils, beans, sweet potatoes even apples.

Directions

In a large pot add meat and cover with water. Now you may add bullion cubes Simmer meat until almost all of the water is gone and the meat is completely cooked. At this point you should cool the meat and remove any bones. It is now time to return the meat to pot and add the grain. Add just enough water to cook the grain according to grain cooking directions. If you are adding fresh vegetables add them the same time you add the grain. Frozen vegetables can be added after grain is cooked. If using frozen vegetables only cook long enough to cook frozen vegetables 7 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to over cook at this stage.

Storage

Let mixture cool completely but do not leave out for a long period of time. After all, this is cooked food and you must use safe food handling rules as with all cooked foods. After the mixture is cooled you will need to decide on the portion size your pet will use over a three day period. The mixture will stay good if kept refrigerated up to three days. You will divide the mixture into packages accordingly and freeze. (I use freezer bags).

Yield

This recipe makes about 25-30 pounds of dog food. Just to give you an idea this recipe makes enough for my three small dogs (10-20 pound dogs) for about two months. It would easily feed two regular sized dogs for six weeks.

Cost

The cost to make healthy homemade dog food is between twenty- five and thirty dollars. It averages out to be about a dollar a pound for good pet health and nutrition.

As you can see the main ingredients in making healthy homemade dog food recipes are; protein, grain and vegetables. Because this should not be your pet's main diet you do have some freedom to use variations of the ingredients as well as amounts. A good rule of thumb is 50% protein, 30% carbohydrates and 20% vegetables. This recipe is not written in stone and you should experiment to find what your pet likes. It is nice to make changes to the ingredients at times just to give your pet variety.

Of course this is not my pet's entire menu. I also feed my dogs a regular measured amount of a well balanced dry dog food. As always, before making any changes in your pet's diet check with your regular vet.


Street Talk

Nice article Jackelyn...A great way to save some money. I like your website.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Connie, Still a work in progress

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  about 6 years ago
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