How to Make Your Own Dog Food

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There are a lot of dog food recipes out there, but this one is particularly tasty, nutritious and easy to make. All you need for this recipe are some chicken or beef livers along with some other basic ingredients. This will serve as the protein basis for the food, and dogs love this stuff. Follow the basic guidelines below and feel free to improvise to create and stock up on an excellent source of nutrition for your pet.

Basic Ingredients

2 lbs of raw livers

2 cups of water

1 cup of chopped carrots

1 head of broccoli, chopped

2 cups of cooked brown or long grain rice

1 teaspoon of oil

Cooking the Ingredients

Add the oil to a frying pan or skillet and place on a burner set to medium heat.  Add the livers and allow them to brown on the outside.  Turn them over until all of the sides are browned.  At the same time, pour the water into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Add the browned livers and oil into the water.  Simmer until the livers are cooked through.  You can tell they are done when they are no longer pink on the inside.

It is a good idea to wait until the livers are cooked through before adding the carrots and broccoli.  This will prevent them from getting too soggy while also retaining as much of their nutritional value as possible.

Processing the Finished Product

You have as many choices in terms of how to process the “stew” that you just made.  One option is to cut the livers into small pieces, mix with the veggies and place atop a bed of rice in serving-sized plastic storage containers.  Add a little bit of juice, allow to cool to room temperature, put on the lids and store in the refrigerator or freezer and serve as needed.

You can also puree the ingredients, mix with the rice and pour into mason jars or other containers and pour over some dry kibble later on as well.  This method will stretch the stew you just made while also providing your dog with some added nutrition from the kibble in addition to some much-appreciated crunch.

Keep in mind that you can also add potatoes, greens, cauliflower and even corn into the mix to make it more hearty and nutritious.  In any case, this is a ridiculously simple way to ensure that your dog gets enough nutrition when access to traditional food is not available.  It also reduces the need to give your pet rations from your family’s emergency food supply.  Finally, it is a great way to use leftover meat that usually goes to waste since many people don’t like livers anyway.

Try this trick out for yourself, and experiment by adding different ingredients as desired.  The livers will provide the flavor, fats, amino acids and protein while the carrots and broccoli will give the dog much-needed vitamins, and the rice provides carbohydrates and other nutrients.  This is a great way to stockpile dog food in advance, and the benefits of having a long-term supply will far outweigh the small amount of time that it takes to prepare and portion this recipe.

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