Easy options for making your own dog food in the crockpot.
I have 2 dogs. One will eat anything, whatever you put in front of him is finished in minutes! The other has more decerning tastes…well sort of. She is a rescue and when we got her she was bone thin. Despite that fact, she is a fussy eater!
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This was the day after we took her home.
This guy is still a puppy and will literally eat anything!
I started making my own dog food out of necessity really. As I said before, Trixie, my girl, is a bit fussy. She didn’t like plain kibble so I would mix it with various things. Broth, made specifically for them. Canned dog food but she hates that. One day, after I made broth (dog safe), I strained the bits and picked out the bones, and mixed that in with their kibble…They loved it! Especially her! Eventually, that evolved into what I make now. It’s a huge hit! Sometimes when I’m out of homemade and try canned again it’s not well received!
It’s a pretty easy recipe and it’s very flexible to accommodate what you have in your cupboard.
- Meat – I like to get a large pack of stew meat and some organ meat. You can usually find cheap frozen organ meat in the frozen meat area. Chicken gizzards, hearts, livers etc. You can sometimes also find beef organs and tripe in the same area. These are all great for your pup! Ground beef is good too.
- 3 – 4 Carrots
- 1 -3 Yams (depending on size) – Potatoes would work but yams are a lot healthier.
- 2 – 3 cups of Peas – I use frozen
- 1.5 cups Brown rice, quinoa, barley, kidney beans or chickpeas – Rice is my usual go-to.
- Squash – Butternut or pumpkin (I don’t add this to every batch)
- Spinach can be a good add in as well – When I add this it’s usually when it’s finished cooking but hasn’t cooled yet.
- Apples and blueberries are good add ins as well.
- Water – enought to fill the pot.
~How to make it
This doesn’t have to be done in the crockpot, you could use a regular pot on the stove too.
The amounts are just a guide. I just add enough ingredients to fill the crockpot to the rim and add water.
Cut up all your ingredients – Stew meat is always cut but I like to make it a bit smaller because “the eater” tends not to chew. The carrots I just wash and cut into coins. Yams I peel (because I read somewhere that the skins are bad for dogs’ digestion) then cut them into small pieces. Throw everything into the crockpot and cover with water and set on low for about 5 hours or on high for 3 hours.
Just a small warning that you may already know – cooked meat with no seasoning does not smell very good!!!! There are a few seasonings you can use that are healthy for dogs and that makes your house smell a little better for the 6 hours that this has to cook. Basil, parsley, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric – not at all necessary for the dogs but it does make that boiled meat smell go away a bit. The other option would be to fry your meats first.
~ What to do when it’s done
Once the crockpot is done then it’s ready to use. What we like to do is put a small amount of kibble in the dishes then add about 1/2 cup of homemade food and mix it with a bit of water so it’s like gravy. The dogs absolutely love this!
Keep some in the fridge, enough for a week, and put the rest into freezer containers until you’re ready to use it. A batch like this lasts me about 3 weeks.
Pretty easy, right? I would love to know what your dogs think!
I also have another recipe for dog food, it’s a take on meatloaf. Follow this link to check it out – https://happyandhandcrafted.com/easy-peasy-mutt-loaf/