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Homemade Dog Food

Saturday, October 08, 2016

If your dog needs to be on a grain-free diet because of weight or food allergies, diced sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin are much-loved by our furry friends!

Use either rice OR sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin. There's no need to use rice with sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin.

Our original homemade recipe included a base of sweet potatoes/butternut squash and ground turkey - with beef liver, green beans, and blueberries mixed in.

For the revised recipe:

combine any or all of these vegetables, either fresh or frozen, to equal 5 cups:

green beans

Home made dog food Ingredients

3 cups white basmati rice
3 cups water
about 3 tablespoons whey or raw apple cider vinegar
3 pounds ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, venison, or bison)
1 pound pastured beef or chicken livers (optional, but preferred)
5 cups or 36 ounces various fresh or frozen veggies
1-1/2 cups bananas or blueberries (optional)
6 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons ground flax seed


Several hours before you want to make the dog food, soak the rice in water with whey or apple cider vinegar.
Strain, measuring the amount of water left after soaking.
Set aside.
Add the ground meat and break it up and the liver, if using.
Cook the meat and liver until they are about half-way browned. You don't want them to brown completely because you still have to cook the rice and veggies in the Instant Pot, and the meat will burn if fully cooked.
Once the meat and liver are half-way browned, add the soaked rice and water
Stir the meat, rice, and cooking water together.
Add the veggies on top, but do not mix in.

Cook in pressure cooker or your preferred cooking method until meat is done.

Stir everything together, mixing completely.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.
Makes 16 cups of homemade dog food.

Other foods you can add to your dog food that might normally go to waste?

carrot tops
beet greens
Brussels sprout tops
diced cabbage cores
over-ripe bananas
bruised or mushy fruit (as long as it's dog-safe)
clabber (Strain the whey to use for your own soaking, then add the clabber to your dog food after cooking for a probiotic boost!)

Do NOT Add These Foods To Your Homemade Dog Food!

anything with chocolate or cacao
onions or leeks
anything with xylitol
macadamia nuts
garlic (unless directed by your vet) and other allums
brewer's yeast
raw bread dough

I tried to adjust the recipe because the directions were for an instapot

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    Interesting. I don't have an instant pot, but I do have a pressure cooker. I've been feeding my 3 little dogs Fresh Market (it's a refrigerated meat & veg meatball food - they love it). I'll have to adjust the amount as they get 1/4 cup twice a day. Thanks for sharing this!
    923 days ago
    I don't have a dog but have friends who make home made dog food.
    924 days ago
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