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How to Make Affordable Nutritious Puppy/dog Food
This is an affordable alternative to store bought dog food, it's easy to make, store and your dog will LOVE it. Great for growing puppies! Makes approx. 20 x 200g portions or 40 x 100g serves
Gather ingredients as per list.
Place beef into a large saucepan, and cover with water - you may need more water depending on size of pan, simmer until cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
Roughly chop the carrots, don't worry about peeling them, just take the green tops off (as they can be bitter tasting).
Have rice ready with carrots to add to 'water'.
When cooked, remove meat from water and allow to cool - DO NOT discard the water!
Instead, add your rice.
and carrots and boil until fully cooked and turning mushy.
Once the meat has cooled a little.
Roughly chop it before processing in food processor/blender etc.
Don't over load the processor, or you'll end up with chunks and mush!
Chop until crumbly. You can do the meat in batches.
Add the eggs to the last batch.
The eggs will make the meat look a little like pate.
Once the grains of rice have fully swollen and the carrots are tender...
attack them with a stick-mixer or run through processor - but don't blend it too far!
Add the meat/egg mix to the rice/carrot mix.
Combine to create the finished product.
Form into baseball sized lumps on greaseproof paper - one of these balls lasts at least two meals with my pup.
Freeze until solid!
Bag and tag for easy storage in the freezer, don't forget to label your bags so you know what it is and when you made it!
Once frozen, bagged and tagged, they'll keep for up to a month in the freezer, possibly longer, but I doubt your four-legged friend will let them last that long.
This cost me $17 to make, getting 40 serves = $0.42 per meal or $0.85 per day for my puppy. Not bad I'd say. And no, she doesn't eat this alone, raw meat and bones are a daily addition to her diet.
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