Gourmet Homemade Meals For Your Dog
You Know What Your Dog Is Eating When You Prepare It Yourself.
Recall of commercial dog foods have become common place. When you research what those companies put in our loved ones' food, disgust was just the primary reaction. Anybody who love their dog(s) would immediately cease to patronize these businesses. In this money-wheeling & dealing world all these business-minded crooks can just unfold another business name and another inviting pet food product to entice another cycle of new buyers. That I know the food my dog, a labrador retriever, is eating is safe; that I know the food she is enjoying is nutritious; and that I learned along the way that it is more economical on my budget. Imagine, organic, natural, safe and nutritious meals for your pet without costing you an arm and a leg!
The weekly meal would consist of variations on grains between brown rice or oatmeal, a mixture of meats and organ meats, the standard vegetables of carrots and green beans or when my budget allows, salmon. Brown rice can be purchased at $15 per 25 pound bag in your local Asian store. I purchase fresh carrots and frozen green beans. I go to the Clearance Section of Safeway(Carrs) or Fred Meyer's for meats and organ meats. Clearance section does not mean garbage, you know. For bargain-hunters like me, these savings are a necessity.
Vitamins & Minerals Abound In This Meal
I have found this link http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/poultry-products/667/2 that details all nutritional elements of the ingredients included with this meal.
Note: Ease up serving beef liver. Too much of liver can be toxic.
My labrador retriever has maintained her weight between 60 to 65 lbs. ever since I started cooking for her. Her coat is soft and a lot of people could not believe that a dog can actually have fur that is that soft.
Because of her highly moist food, I brush her teeth every night. Our ritual is set nightly after my own toothbrushing, hers is next. Her vet is extra pleased that she has clean chompers, healthy gums an no doggy bad breath.
Recipe yields six days of two meals per day. Two cups per serving each breakfast and each dinner.
4 Cups Brown Rice
1 lbs. a mixture of fresh greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard, green beans)
1 Pounds of Carrots, washed, unpeeled and pureed
8 Ounces Chicken Liver
8 Ounces Chicken Gizzards
8 Ounces Chicken Hearts
1 Full Chicken, boiled, skinned and deboned
Use a rice cooker to cook the brown rice. Put an extra cup of water to make the brown rice moister. Set aside to cook after cooking. To cook brown rice in rice cooker will take approximately 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once it's cool. Puree and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
Put whole chicken in a big stainless steel pot and submerge in cold water. Boil the chicken till chicken is fully-cooked (no blood or raw flesh). Boiling a whole chicken might take an entire hour. Do not put any spices, salt or pepper when boiling the chicken. Discard scum or as much fat from top. Set aside to cool. (SEE NOTE below regarding making a clear broth with this chicken.)
Boil the chicken organs separately (gizzards, livers and hearts. Set aside to cool.
Turn off stove. Remove bones from the chicken. Be careful removing the tiny neck bones and thin bones. Cut the cooked chicken flesh into bite size pieces. Discard chicken bones and skins. Puree cooked chicken meats and cooked chicken organs.
Puree the vegetables. Mix and incorporate all ingredients together to make a good meal.
Scoop two cups of mixture and put into plastic containers. Freeze the rest for ready-made meals for your dog. To serve one portion of meal, thaw at room temperature. Keep refrigerated.
NOTE: To make multiple uses for this food---meaning for you and your dog, boil the chicken alone, no spices, salt or pepper or any of the ingredients. Aim for a clear broth. Freeze in containers 2/3rd of the way. Use for soup, pasta, grains, etc. Or you can refrigerate some for your dog's drink.
SAFETY NOTE: Salmonella Beware. Always sanitize your sink and wash your hands thoroughly when handling raw poultry. Wash and sanitize all tools and equipment that got in contact with the raw chicken. Measure one capful of bleach with a gallon water. Use a clean empty bucket for your sanitizer. Better be safe than sick.