Homemade Dried Dog Food

The smells get your dog running in for this homemade kibble.

The smells get your dog running in for this homemade kibble.

Making your own homemade dog food allows you to cater to your dog’s likes while knowing exactly what your dog is eating. If your dog suffers from allergies, you are able to substitute ingredients around those. While many homemade dog food recipes create moist food, your kibble-loving canine still can have homemade crunchy foods with this quick recipe.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In the skillet, cook the ground meat until browned. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and milk powder. In a smaller bowl, beat together the eggs, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce and water or broth. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix well. Stir in the ground meat and vegetables.

Spread the dough mixture onto the cookie sheet at a 1/2-inch thickness. If needed, use a second cookie sheet. Using the knife or pizza cutter, score the dough into bite-sized pieces. Place in the oven and bake for one to two hours. Turn off the oven and let cool for one to two hours. Remove from oven and break on the score marks. Store the food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three days. Freeze for up to three months.

Items you will need

  • 1 pound ground turkey, beef, chicken or pork
  • Skillet pan
  • Cookie sheet
  • 1 teaspoon oil for greasing pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water or beef/chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked vegetables, finely chopped or pureed
  • Knife or pizza cutter

Tips

  • If your dog has wheat allergies, substitute 2 5/8 cups of rice flour for the whole wheat flour.
  • The dough should be similar to bread dough consistency. If too wet, add additional flour. If too dry, add additional water or broth. Depending on the moisture level of the vegetables you use, additional flour may be necessary.

Warning

  • Consult a canine nutritionist or veterinarian before switching your dog to homemade dog food. You need to make sure your food is providing all the nutrients your dog needs. They may recommend adding supplements.
 

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