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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7 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 Bottom flat meat (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. : – )

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