Here it is: My low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs
The amounts below deliver enough food for about 35-45 servings/ days for a ~ 50 lb dog.
WHAT YOU NEED: NON-FOOD
- Grinder (if you buy a chunk of meat. If you buy ground beef, no grinder is necessary)
I highly recommend the Weston 575 Watt Electric Heavy Duty Grinder, Silver
- Cooking pots, Buckets and bowls
Make sure you have some large cooking pots at home for the veggies. Otherwise cooking them all will take forever.
You should also have some 5 Gallon or larger buckets and/or bowls in the house to keep and mix your ingredients in.
- Your hands to mix or some really huge wooden spoons or sticks to mix everything
- Clean kitchen gloves if you are like me and don’t like handling the meat dough with your bare hands
- Kitchen scale
- Sealable plastic freezer bags*
(I use 1 quart bags, which work just fine. If you bag a larger amount of food you should choose bigger bags)
*Comment: Over time I became sick of leaky freezer bags. no matter which brand I chose they always smudged my freezer and my fridge when freezing and thawing them, ey! Which is why I have switched to plastic containers. They are reusable, don’t leak and are stackable in the freezer. Should have done this way sooner! I am the green using Rubbermaid takealongs storage containers (4 cup size).
- A table spoon (optional) to fill the bags
- Sanitizer to clean utensils and areas afterwards
WHAT YOU NEED: FOOD
Meats and Organs
- 30-31 lb beef (makes for 50% of the batch, 0 calcium) If you get lean pieces, you do not need to trim the fat.
- If you are preparing food for a dog that doesn’t require a lean diet look for a piece with more fat
- Alternatively you can buy ground meat. Then you don’t need to use the grinder.
- For the lean variation I would choose 80-85% ground beef. If it can be more fatty choose 70%.
- Meats you can use: Beef (lean or more fatty), Venison, Bison (usually rather lean)
Turkey, Chicken, Duck and Pork are also options, but I do not recommend to feed any of those RAW (uncooked) because that could be a health risk!!!
- 10-11 lb chicken hearts and beef liver (makes for 15-17% of the batch, almost no calcium)
- You don’t necessarily a grinder for that either. You don’t have to cook it. Meanwhile I do because I just feel more comfy preparing it that way. Also the cooking – I always use the veggie broth from the veggies I have cooked before – makes a great broth for the food to moisten a little, or for my homemade doggie cookies.
- But either way – raw or cooked – if you want to use a knife to cut the innards into smaller pieces, make sure you have a really sharp one or this will be hard work.
- Every now and then you should replace the liver by another organ in order to avoid overdosing of vitamin A. Also if your dog does not tolerate chicken, of course you should substitute the chicken hearts.
- A very valuable substitution for dogs is green tripe, for example. It stinks! Which is why I like to use gloves especially when tripe is involved. But it is said to be very beneficial for dogs.
- 18 lb of vegetables (makes for 30% of the batch, 4225 mg of calcium)
8 lb carrots (1500 mg calcium)
4 lb broccoli (2000 mg calcium)
3 Bags of split dried green peas (725 mg calcium) > makes ≈ 6 lb when cooked to mush
Other veggie alternatives and add-ons are: cauliflower (all flatulent sorts of veggies should only be used in moderate amounts though)
Regular and sweet potato, lentils (not recommended for “yeasty” dogs)
- 24 eggs ≈ 3 lb (yolk delivers ≈ 1050 mg calcium, 24 egg shells deliver ≈ 58,000 mg calcium)
- 1/2 garlic bulb (in small amounts just as for humans garlic is very beneficial for dogs)
- Limestone powder or another Calcium additive (calculation describes below)
Comment: I used to use lime stone. Now I have switched to bone meal which I consider more “natural” for the dog since it is made of bone. The Calcium content is listed on the package and the calculation works analogue to the lime stone calculation. It is pretty simple: Your dog has a certain requirement of Calcium a day. Every amount that is not already covered by the ingredients of this recipe needs to come from a supplement. I don’t feed bone, so I use the ground version (less choking risks etc.) as a supplement. The bone meal is not 100% Calcium, so the amount of bone meal is usually higher than the required amount of Calcium. Please refer to my calculation example below.
More healthy add-ons
≈ 15 Fl. oz. (= 450 ml) organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with MOTHER!!!! = 2tsp. = 10 ml for a 50 lb dog/ day
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic Raw — 32 fl oz
Yogurt or cottage cheese (yes, you can freeze that when mixed into the food)
Just mentioning: I also use Nupro vitamin and mineral supplement. I have really learned to love this add-on over the years. Because like I use to say now: A Bull Terrier’s immune system can’t be strong enough and this one is a great booster. It keeps the skin ailments and allergies in check and helps with healing if the dog suffers from any health issues.