Monday, October 4, 2010

Dry Dog Food

I have now made the dra dog food for the second time and  I am happy with how it turned.   Louie seems to love it, he prefers it to the kibble we used to feed him. 

 I know that the homemade kibble looks a bit like one bit brownies, but when you see and feel them, they are quite different.

Louie sitting on the stairs watching the world outside
The cost is also quite reasonable, my estimate is that it costs me about $12 to make this recipe.   The time it takes is also no very long, you can put the mixture together in ten to fifteen minutes.   The baking and cooling process will add another two hours or so, though you are not very busy during that stage.

Here is the recipe:

  • 5 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups brewer's yeast
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup skim milk powder
  • 9 cups stock
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons peanut better
  • 3 cups of pureed vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon salt

  1. Set the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Steam and puree the veggies with about 1 cup of the stock - I use a lot of soy beans for the protein
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix
  4. Mix all the wet ingredients 
  5. Pour wet into the dry and mix till a smooth pancake batter consistency
  6. Pour the mixture onto cookies sheets covered in baking paper - keep you depth to 1/4 - 3/8s of an inch.
  7. Bake for about 35-40 minutes
  8. Pull out the cookie sheets and let cool
  9. Take out of cookie sheets using the baking paper to lift it and turn over onto a cutting board.
  10. Cut the slab into thin long strips and return these strips to the oven and back for a second time for about 20-30 minutes, you are looking something that has the consistency of a biscotti.
  11. Take out of oven and let cool and then cut into chunks.
The recipe can be vegetarian, the only meat product I use is my stock.
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