Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Happy Husky

My happy, healthy and well fed husky, Major.

Hello!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and great time eating!  Later this week I plan to do a post on New Years traditions and food, but today I'm going to revisit the topic of cooking for your dog.
     Since my last posts on dog food I've heard from some folks that have tried it and have seen great results.  One question that has come up a few times is; "what about making dry food?"
     I did some investigation and found that there are several recipes for "kibble".  I decided on one that isn't really "dry" although it is close.  This recipe will keep for about a week in the fridge.  I am not feeding Major this by itself,  I mix it with some husky loaf, a sardine and some olive oil.  Although he does like it by itself, I've even tossed him a few pieces as a treat.  This is just one option, a little looking around and you can find others that may more closely resemble the traditional kibble.  I did change a few things, the original recipe called for beef broth, I substituted turkey broth. (by the way, if you cook a chicken or a turkey make sure you use the carcass to make stock).  The recipe also called for bone meal.  You can find it at some health food stores or on Amazon.  Since it only calls for 2 teaspoons I left it out just to try the recipe.  Also good in this would be some ground up turkey or chicken meat, just a little though.

Here we go,  you need;

3 cups of rolled oats
3 cups whole wheat or rye flour
3 cups cooked rice
2 cups dry milk powder
3 cups of stock (I used turkey)
4 eggs
1 cup of lard

dry ingredients
preheat your oven to 225 F.  In a large mixing bowl combine oats, flour, rice, and bone meal if you are using it.
  In a separate bowl beat the eggs. Melt the lard and mix into the eggs ( don't do it the other way or you will make greasy scrambled eggs)
melting lard
Now stir the egg mixture into the flour mix, add the stock and stir until well combined.
Sort of the consistency of oatmeal.
like soupy oatmeal
Grease a large baking pan, pizza pan or cookie pan and pour the mixture on to it.  You will need more than one, as this needs to be spread thin.    Flatten out the mixture with a spatula or spoon, and bake.  Try to keep the batch thin, a thicker batch will take longer to cook and may burn on the edge before it's done.
spread it thin!
why yes, that is a Kindle fire in the background.  You should click the Amazon link and buy one!!
Ok  this stuff needs to bake for quite a long time, at least 2 hours, keep checking on it.  It should be lightly browned, don't expect it to be really dry, it will not be.
lightly brown,  fresh out of the oven!
Allow the kibble to completely cool.  I used a pizza cutter to make pieces and scooped with a spatula. (judge the size based on your dog)

the finished product, ready for the fridge and chow!
If your not going to use it up in 4 or 5 days split the batch and freeze half.  That's about it.  Go cook for your dog!!

Stay Hungry

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