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

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The Weston No.8 575 Watt heavy duty meat grinder

This is s little investment to make that will pay off over time with convenience and effectiveness – I can tell you that.
It costs about $85-90, but is worth everyone of it. It grinds your 30 lbs of meat in no time and is good to make your own ground beef for hamburgers or meatloaf. I LOVE THIS THING!

Weston 575 Watt Electric Heavy Duty Grinder, Silver

Low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs - the Weston No.8 575 Watt heavy duty meat grinder

Here is a snapshot of the Weston No.8 575 Watt heavy duty meat grinder packaging displaying all of its features and included accessory.


I hope my recipe helps you to make your perfect dog food.
In case you want to print this recipe, I have also put this post in a PDF for download here:


If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to let me know.
This is a work in progress and I hope I will come up with some more ideas in the future.

Enjoy making your own raw food for your dog!

Side note: As many efforts as I put into my recipes and as thorough my research may be, that still does not make me a nutrition expert. And I do not claim to be one. All of my advice is, of course just that – my personal advice – I do not give guarantees for anything.
In cases of doubt, please, always do your own research or double check with your vet!

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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