If you are into feeding your pet natural homemade dog food, you are probably always looking for recipes. Dog food recipes will probably make up a large portion of the food you prepare for your pet.
Remember, making homemade dog food can be great fun and can be a family project.
Family meal time is the perfect time to set aside food for your dog. Extra food set aside during food preparation saves time later. After you’ve eaten your meal, keep the scraps (no bones) in a sealed container in the refrigerator. These scraps will become the basis for tasty meals for the furry member of your family.
We are about to release our first recipe book: 101 Natural Home Made Dog Food Recipes. Some notes on these recipes:
Most of the meat in the recipe book is cooked. A limited portion of beef fat is fine and can promote a healthy coat. If your dog is overweight, however, it is best to restrict calories — substitute a tablespoon of olive or canola oil.
The meat of fowl (turkey, chicken, etc.) should be off the bone. Cooked turkey and chicken skin is fine.
Many of recipes call for specific vegetables. Not all dogs like all vegetables. If you are hand blending, your dog will let you know her the vegetables she doesn’t like by not eating them. (However, if you prepare her meals in a blender she’ll never know).
On these basic recipes we have called for mixed vegetables. In fact you can use any green or yellow vegetables (except onions). Starchy vegetables such as potatoes, when called for, will be specifically named in the recipes.
We love to use a blender or food processor. Chop up the food, divide into meal size portions, feed your dog one portion, refrigerate portions for another two days, and freeze the rest. It is best to not prepare meals more than a week in advance. And remember each night to take the next day’s meals and thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Portions vary by size of dog, and you will want to experiment with this.
Are you ready? We hope to have the book available during the month of February, 2014.
Don’t forget to let your kids take part in the preparation. Your pet may be the family dog. But she’s your kids’ dog first! Let them feel the satisfaction of doing something good for their dog!