Monday, September 28, 2009

Make Your Own Dog Food Part 1: Puppy Stir Fry


You read that right! I make our dogs' food. Why? Well, it started a few years ago when there were several dog foods being recalled and pets all over were getting sick. I decided to research and see if it was possible. It is!

BEFORE you change your pet's diet discuss it with your vet and do your own research. Here's more on what I did and where to start: Click Here.

There are three main ingredients: Meat, vegetables & rice. I don't think in all the years I've made this, I've made the same batch twice. I use whatever is on sale, leftovers, or whatever I have on-hand.

When I first started making this, I made small batches more often. I now make 6 to 8 weeks' worth at a time.

If you wanted to make this every few days an easy recipe would be:

1 pouch minute rice
1 pouch tuna
1 can mixed vegetables, drained

All you would have to do is cook the rice and mix the rest up. How long it would last, would depend on the size of your dog and how much they need to eat.

So, last week I wanted to make a big batch. I went shopping and there was ground turkey on sale so I got 2.5 pounds. I found some store brand frozen veggies and blackeye peas. I also got a pound of brown rice. I had a pound of ground beef and a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts on-hand.

Now to make some sense of it all!

I cooked the chicken in the microwave, but now that I think about it, I should have chopped it in bite-sized pieces and tossed it in with the ground meat.

I cooked the ground meat on the stove, siring until cooked.

For the first time, I decided to cook the rice all at once in my new-to-me all-in-one slow cooker. It turned out fine, despite the mess it made. A whole pound of rice makes a lot!

To find out how it all comes together, stay tuned for part 2.........

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