Thursday, October 11, 2012

MYO Dog Food from your Food Storage

Ok, I've been very unhappy with all the dog food I buy so today I made my own from my food storage no less.  The only thing I didn't have was fresh beef liver.  So I got that and it did become a labor of love.  Took a good portion of the day but Sammy the dog loves it. 

I was told it made a month's worth but no way.  I got 30 snack bags full but my dog sure needs more than 1 bag and I'm thinking 3 bags will be more like it.  It called for 1/3 cup chopped beef liver but then I found out it was 1/3 cup per day added in.  I chopped up the whole container and also added in some eggs for extra protein.  So my packages just need to be dumped.  I am keeping them in the freezer and will keep enough out for 2 days at a time.

We have had a lot of trouble getting the dog to eat the store bought stuff and usually the cats or the chickens eat it because he won't.  So now we have a new option and best of all it all came from food storage except the liver but that will be easy to store also now that we know we need it.

Dahlia's All Natural Dog Food

2 cups brown rice
2 cups barley
6 cups rolled oats
2 cups millet
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 small sweet potatoes
1 cup dehydrated or cooked carrots, diced
1 cup dehydrated or cooked spinach, chopped
1/4 cup sea kelp
1/3 cup beef liver, chunked

In a pressure cooker, cook the 2 cups brown rice and 2 cups barley on high for 24 minutes with 8 cups water.

In a large pot, cook the 6 cups rolled oats and 2 cups millet with enough water to cover for 12 minutes or until millet is cooked through.  Add 1/4 cup coconut oil to the hot oatmeal mixture.

Meanwhile, combine the sea kelp, cooked or dehydrated spinach and carrots in a large mixing bowl. (You can divide the food into 2 large bowls, for easier stirring.) Once the rice and barley mixture is done, add it to the  mixing bowl. 

Add the rolled oat mixture and mix well. Don't strain the extra water from the pot. Cut the sweet potato into 1/2 inch cubes, and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes or until tender. Add those in as well. If you need more liquid, use the water from the sweet potatoes. 

Mix all ingredients well, and allow to cool slightly before filling your storage containers. I use about 1 1/4 cups per portion.

 I then fill 30 snack sized bags with the cubed beef liver and use 1 bag each day to add to the cooked mixture.  I added in all the liver and added a few raw eggs to it also and then I freeze the packages and only keep enough out for 2 days.  

Sammy the dog loved it but I do feel the need to give him 3 packages instead of just one.  So it is a 10 day supply for big dogs.


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