Lean, low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs (revised)

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Low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs

Preparing the batch:

Previous day:
Soak the dried peas (or other dried legumes, such as lentils) over night, wash and cook them the next day. Note: Some say soaking is not necessary with peas and lentils, I do it.
If you have never prepared dried legumes before, simply follow the instruction on the package.
Why am I using dried legumes?
Simple! They are just a lot less expensive than their fresh or frozen versions, but just as good.

Low starch, grain-free raw food recipe for dogs

My “filling station” – Freezer bags filled with the fresh homemade raw dog food

Food preparation day:

  1. Calculate the amount of calcium needed. Calculate the amount of daily food to be bagged.
    Make sure there is enough space in your freezer for up to 45 freezer bags with food or roughly 60 lb.
    Find a place for your dog, so he won’t steal. 🙂
  2. Let the peas cook until they have absorbed the water and have turned into pea mush. When you cook legumes for your dog, always make sure they are cooked long enough and mushy. This aids your dog’s digestive system to break down the nutrients and absorb them while half cooked legumes pass your dog’s bowels almost unchanged.
  3. Cut or break the veggies into rough chunks and cook them until they are ready to be mixed into a food mush. They do not have to fall apart, but should be soft enough for you to squeeze and split them with your fingers to make your mix.
    Use as few water as possible to help prevent the vitamins from washing out.
    Let all of your veggies cool.
    Note: Find more information on why the vegetables should be cooked in my FAQ section under “Homemade Food and Treats”.
  4. Crack the eggs and mix them in a bowl.Comment: After I have heard of some controversial discussions about the threat salmonella can pose to dogs, I have decided to walk on the safe side and cook the eggs. Frankly, I have never had any bad experiences with raw eggs. Yet, some people say that salmonella CAN indeed also affect dogs despite their different digestive physiology – why take the risk, right? 🙂
    Just letting you know. You can handle this as you like.Wash the shells and grind them in a porcelain mortar or a coffee grinder.
    Peel the garlic and mince it. Weigh the remaining amount of limestone powder
    Mix the liquid or cooked and cut eggs, powdered shells, garlic, the weighed limestone powder (or bone meal) and other add-ons, if you use them, such as ACV and vitamins. If you need some more moisture to mix it properly take the broth from the cooked veggies. Just don’t make it too mushy because the food will loose parts of this moisture later and become watery.
  5. Grind or cut the liver. As an option you can first cook and then grind or cut it.
  6. Mix the soft veggies with your egg-premix and the ground liver.
    This is the most disgusting part in the otherwise pretty appealing process of the food preparation. The liver almost becomes a viscous mass that does not smell too good. Premixing it into the eggs and veggies helps to take away the odor and feel of it.
    Oh, did I already mention it: Put on plastic gloves, if you do not like the feeling. 🙂
  7. Grind the meat and the chicken hearts (can be mixed already) or use ground meat and your knife for the innards. As an option you can cook the chicken hearts before processing them.
  8. Now combine your egg-egg shell-veggie-calcium-garlic-liver mix with your meat-chicken heart mix to an even dough-like mix. Do that very carefully to distribute all ingredients evenly in the mix.
  9. Now you are ready to fill your freezer bags or containers. Use your kitchen scale and the spoon to bag the daily amount you have calculated before. Press the food dough a little until it completely fills the bag. Ty to remove as much air as possible because that helps prevent freezer burn. The result is a flat, sealed portion that can be easily stacked for storage in your freezer and is easy to split for feeding.

Your Bull Terrier will just looooooove his food!


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14 thoughts on “Lean, low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs (revised)

  1. This is lovely! Right this can be consider as high quality food for our dogs, Homemade recipes for our dog foods are better than choosing some dog food brands.. Just saying.

    • In this recipe the only ingredient that is chicken are the innards (chicken hearts). That’s the 10lb. ADDING to it: The 30lb meats, which is ground beef. Of course you can substitute as you wish.

      “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
      • 10-11 lb chicken hearts and beef liver (makes for 15-17% of the batch, almost no calcium)
      (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.)”

      If the dog needs to get some more calories, I recommend to choose meat with a higher fat content and not trimming the fat.
      I hope this answers your question.

  2. Amazing blog.Thank you so much for sharing very easy homemade raw dog food recipe. It is a smashing one of a kind guide for discovering healthy recipes for dog food minus a headache. Thanks again.

  3. I have pomeranian boy. I know that grain are mixed into the dog foods to make the production cost cheaper. But unlike humans, dogs don’t have the molar teeth necessary to grind up the grains. This may lead to unproper digestion. Your recipe is grain free. thank you for recipe.

    • Well, that statement is probably true and not true at the same time. As with many other things the dose is what makes the poison.
      Garlic consumed by a dog in high amounts – as well as plants containing the same problematic substance, such as onions, leeks, scallions, chives and shallots – can damage the red blood cells in a dog, which quite obviously can cause serious problems if that happens to a great extend.
      If your dog catches the net of onions or garlic you just brought home from the grocery store and consumes it all at once, YES, it IS time to worry and the best thing to do is have your dog seen by your vet immediately. Because as far as I know this kind of poisoning can be treated and severe consequences be prevented if discovered early.

      On the other hand, in small amounts many consider garlic beneficial in a dog’s nutrition and most dogs tolerate very small amounts well. You will actually find it in a lot of dog foods or supplements, often closer to the bottom of the list of ingredients because it’s only contained in tiny amounts for the above reasons.
      One reason many consider it so beneficial is that the sulfur in the garlic will be excreted through the dog’s skin, which is said to help keeping fleas away. Another reason are the antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties of garlic. It is even said to be usable as an anthelmintic (de-worming agent) and a natural antibiotic. Some say it can also support the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.

      But I do not see it as an essential ingredient in a dog’s nutrition. So, if you are worried there’s really nothing wrong with just skipping the garlic.
      Your dog will be just as happy without it. : – )

      • If it’s a natural antibiotic it would kill the natural gut biome. It can’t be antibiotic and improve gut bacteria at the same time.

        It’s poison to dogs. Just because they can tolerate small amounts does not mean you should feed it to them on a regular basis.

        It’s like when a human baby eats some cat poop from the sandbox. It’s nothing to freak out about but you certainly don’t want to encourage this.

  4. Hi, with your raw food recipe, what is the amount you suggest on a daily basis? Once or twice a day? Is this all you feed or do you supplement with kibble at another meal? What do you mean by bottom flat? Thanks

    • Hi Carey,
      the recipe is formulated to work as an “only-food”. But it can also be combined with other foods.
      I can only tell you what I am doing at the time of your question, because I vary the way I feed my dog over time.
      What has not changed, however, is that I have always been using this recipe – for years now in some variations with tripe as well as different kinds of veggies and meats.
      These days I feed half&half. That means my girl gets half of her daily intake from my raw recipe and half of a good quality kibble.

      There is no standard recommendation for feeding amounts as this depends on the size of your dog, the amount of treats and other extras over the day, activity level and your feeding goals (weight loss, keep or gain weight). You will find more info on that on this page of the article https://www.bullterrierfun.com/low-starch-grain-free-raw-food-recipe-for-dogs/5/

      Also, the way you split the meals is very individual. Some people only feed once a day, others split the daily intake into several meals a day.
      I myself feed Mila four times a day. Last meal comes in the afternoon. The reason I am doing this is to structure her day. She knows her feeding times exactly and is “planning” her day around it. In between meals she finds time to rest or play. And over the course of the day there’s always something “to do” for her, even if it is just killing some time until the next meal is coming up.
      But no matter which way you decide to feed, my general recommendation is to stick to a relatively fixed schedule every day, if possible. Dogs work like clockwork and they will start to “demand” their food at specific times if you did the same thing three times in a row or so. They love fixed routines because it helps them organize their own lives in our human world.

      I feed Mila two times raw for the first meals an then the high quality kibble for the last two meals. I never mix raw and kibble because these two types of foods have very different digestion times. The reason I feed the kibble as the last meals is that it takes a lot longer to digest for the dog and therefore she hopefully feels full longer with the kibble until the next morning.

      “Bottom flat” was the description of the meat that I used at the time I posted this recipe. Or at least I thought so. However, when I tried to look up synonyms after receiving your question, I was not able to find this term anywhere on the internet. So, I changed my recommendation in the text now to just beef. Because that’s basically what I meant, some of the more affordable parts of the cow 🙂 because dogs don’t care if their meat is tenderloin or a more chewy version.

    • I am not a great example because at the moment I feed my dog FOUR times a day. Of course, it’s the correct amount of calories divided by four. My dog is not as big as a bear. 🙂 She has a normal appetite. So she gets four small servings.

      How often you feed your dog every day really depends on different factors. There’s no rule of thumb for that. Some only feed once, others twice…

      I split her daily calories into four meals because it helps me and my dog to structure her day. And as I am working from home, I am around to meet her feeding schedule.
      By feeding her four times there’s something happening for her every few hours. She can nap in between because her inner clock will tell her when it’s time for the next meal. At the moment the first two servings of the day are raw, the second two are good quality kibble. Part of the kibble I use for a hide and seek game for her diversion.
      So, the feeding schedule and how the food is given does not only nourish her but also gives some form of structure and on the other hand is entertainment for my dog.

      I don’t know if any of this is applicable to your own situation. I am just answering your question.
      You can split the daily amount of this recipe or feed it all at once, there’s no rule regarding digestion or so. In general fresh food is digested faster than kibble, if that information helps in any way.

  5. Hello, nice forum…

    I have one male 5 yr old and 1 female almost 2 years old now… my dad makes a recipe very similar to yours with cow heart and chicken and vegetables… i used to feed first the male taste of the wild and then when we got our litlte girl also taste of the. wild.. until she was like 1… it got so expensive here in venezuela that i strted looking into other brands… i started feeding them Nutrranuggets and i belive it has grains… nothing to bad on the girl, it works good for her.. for the boy he is almost 5 his mom had a lot of skin alergies when she ate carbs i think… well nothing so horrible on him either but he defitnetly starting getting some new small bumps on his skin under his fair… nothign to bad, but if you look at his skin from a certain. angle you could defently see smoething goig on on his skin… which before he was not… nothing to worry about but well maybe I should go back to taste of the wild? i feed them 2 times a day. 50/50 with the. recipe and the. dogfood each time, they. love it…

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