Friday, September 10, 2010

My Recipe For Preservative Free Homemade Dog Food

This dog food will be safer and well accepted by your dog. If you have a dog sensitive to certain ingredients in most commercially produced dog foods, this should be a healthier option. If you so desire, you can add some oatmeal and/or barley to the mix. Just be sure you have plenty of meat, and dogs usually require more meat in their diet. Dogs are omnivores, so don't be afraid to add plenty of green beans and carrots.

It is probably advisable to give your dog a good quality of pet vitamins, as well.

If you have recently read the list of ingredients in commercial dog food, most of them have as their main ingredient, corn, which is not only not nearly as nutritious, but is now genetically modified, and has almost no food value, but contains weed killers, and is almost all empty calories.

I have four dogs, ranging from 5 to 60 pounds, and they all love this dog food. They know when I am preparing their food, and all just love the aroma.

It is also good for you, as well. Although you will most likely add salt and pepper to your own version.

Ground Meat 1 pound
You can use any or all of the following: Ground Turkey, Ground Chicken, Ground Beef.

If you choose to use all three, use equal portions of each.

Cook your ground meat in a pan large enough to allow for breaking up and keep moving the meat in order not to over-brown it.

Rice 1 pound (4 cups)
Use either white or brown rice, or even a mixture of both: Your choice.

It's easiest if you have an automatic rice cooker, but if you don't, just add 8 cups of water or chicken or beef broth, or half water with whichever broth you choose.

If you do not have a rice cooker, simply add rice and liquid to a pan large enough to accommodate twice the amount of rice and liquid you are using.

Green Beans
You can use fresh or frozen, or even canned if that's what you have on hand.

Green beans are high in nutrients, and low in calories, so you can add as much as you choose. You can leave them cut up as they come frozen, or add all your cooked vegetable in a blender so they will be well distributed throughout the dog food.

I find that my dogs like to pick them up one at at time, to eat. It all depends on your dogs manner of eating

Garlic (fresh or dried)
If using fresh garlic, crush, or mince it so it will be well distributed throughout your final mixture. I usually cook the garlic with the meat (s).

Carrots (fresh, canned, or frozen)
Be sure to chop or slice carrots, into bite-sized pieces prior to cooking.

Carrots are heathy for your dog, just don't go crazy adding as much carrot as you did green beans, as carrots do have more natural sugars, and if you dog eats too much carrot, they may gain weight.

After rice is cooked, and you have all the other ingredients prepared, mix them all together in a large mixing bowl.

Freeze in single serving sized containers, so you can feed you dog more quickly, and don't have to worry about spoilage.

It is advisable to drizzle some olive oil over the food when you are feeding your dog, as heating olive oil destroys it's naturally beneficial ingredients and makes it into hydrogenated oil, which is not as healthy as it is right out of thh bottle.

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