How to Make Slow Baked Dog Food

Slow baking food enhances flavors and will have your dog begging for more.

Slow baking food enhances flavors and will have your dog begging for more.

Slow baking is a cooking technique that uses longer times and lower temperatures. For dog kibble recipes, this means crunchier kibble. For moist foods, slow cooking in a slow cooker allows you to use less tender cuts of meat because the longer cooking time tenderizes the meat. Because of the lower temperatures, slow cooking makes it harder to burn recipes.

Moist Food

Turn the slow cooker on to either the low or high setting. The setting you choose will determine your cooking time. If you have more time available, choose the lowest setting.

Place 6 cups of water, 2 cups of brown rice, 2 cups of assorted chopped vegetables and 1 pound of meat into the slow cooker. Meat may be ground or bite-sized pieces. Stir to combine all ingredients.

Let the mixture cook four to six hours on a high setting or six to eight hours on the low setting. Turn off the slow cooker and allow cooling before serving. Divide remaining food into individual servings and store in an airtight container. Place containers in the refrigerator for up to three days. Freeze servings for up to three months.

Dry Kibble

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a skillet, brown your ground meat. Set aside. Grease a large baking sheet with a teaspoon of vegetable oil.

Combine the whole wheat flour, rye flour and milk powder in a large bowl. In a small mixing bowl, beat 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Add 1 1/2 cups water to the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Slowly mix in the egg mixture. Add your cooked ground meat and mix everything together to form dough.

Spread dough onto cookie sheet until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Using a knife or pizza cutter, score the dough into bite-sized pieces. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for two to three hours or until brown. Turn off oven, but leave the cookie sheet inside and allow cooling for a few hours. Remove the cookie sheet and break the kibble along the scored lines. Place kibble in airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to two days or freeze for up to three months.

Items you will need

  • Slow cooker
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 pound of meat (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.)
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 cups assorted chopped vegetables (carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes)
  • or
  • 1 pound ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken
  • Skillet pan
  • Cookie sheet
  • 1 teaspoon oil for greasing
  • Mixing bowls
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Knife or pizza cutter

Warning

  • Consult a veterinarian or canine nutritionist before changing your dog’s diet. It is essential to make sure you are providing him with all the nutrients he needs. Your vet may recommend additional supplements.
 

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