Just like I try to feed myself the possible possible food so that my body is in optimal condition, I want to feed my dog only the very best food because I want him to be happy and healthy. Most normal dog foods are not even approaching the standard of quality that I have for my dog. The few dog foods which are up to my standards are very expensive. As a result, I've started cooking dog food from scratch using organic ingredients. The dogs (my house-mate also has a dog) at my house completely love it!
It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, although usually I cook another disk for myself in the kitchen at the same time.
It totally depends on the size of your dog. For us, this recipe makes one week of dog food for one medium sized dog and one small/medium dog with us feeding them twice per day.
- 3 (or up to 5) Packages of Chicken Gizzards
- 3 Containers of Chicken Liver
- 10 Cups of White Rice (It must be white rice, not brown rice)
- Frozen Vegetables - 1 Large Mixed Bag or 5 Small Bags of Individual Frozen Vegetables
- Olive Oil - Just enough to drizzle on top of the meat.
- Water, ideally filtered.
- Containers to store the dog food (something like this).
- A Rice Maker (optional but very nice to have)
- An Oven
- A Lasagna Pan (or other deep baking pan)
- A Food Processor
- A Very Large Mixing Bowl
- A Large Spoon to stir the mixture
- A Freezer where you can store the finished dog food
1) Scoop 10 cups of white rice into the bowl from inside the rice maker.
2) Fill with the rice maker bowl with water to the "10 cups" line.
3) Put the bowl in the rice maker and turn it on by pressing the "White Rice" button or the "Cook" button, depending on the model.
4) Take the frozen vegetables out of the freezer and lay them out on the counter to thaw.
5) Turn the oven on and set it to broil.
6) Open up all the meat packages and put the meat into the lasagna pan. Drizzle with olive oil and then stir the mixture.
Note: we experimented with adding various spices, but later concluded that adding no spices at all was optimal. The spices seemed to upset the dog's stomachs.
7) Place the lasagna pan in the oven.
8) Every ten minutes, take the meat out and stir it. Once the meat visually appears to be fully cooked, take the pan out of the oven and turn off the oven.
Note: dogs are able to eat raw meat, so you don't need to be overly concerned with how well the meat is cooked. I simply cook the meat until it looks edible to me.
9) The rice should now be finished cooking. If not, wait for the rice to finish. Dump the cooked rice into the large mixing bowl.
10) Pour any excess fluid from the meat on top of the rice.
11) Fill the food processor half way with meat and half way with vegetables. Shred the mixture and then pour the mixture on top of the rice.
Note: originally we were shredding the meat and the vegetables separately, but it turned out to work far better shredding each of them at the same time.
12) Stir the shredded meat/vegetable mixture into the rice and then repeat step 11 until all meat and vegetables have been processed and added to the mixture.
The dog food is ready now! I usually give a scoop or two to the dogs at this point, since they are usually in the kitchen with me.
13) To facilitate easy storage, I store the food in containers about the size of one individual serving. At this point I'm using plastic containers but I really want to switch over to pyrex glass instead. Anyway, I fill each container with dog food and then place it in the freezer.
14) All finished! When it's serving time, I take out one container, remove the lid, and then reheat. I reheat the food in the microwave, although I'd like to explore potentially using the oven for that in the future.
We hope you enjoyed this recipe! Please let us know how your dog enjoys the food!
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