|Mmmmm (to a dog).|
The dogs LOVE this homemade dog food. NO BLENDER NEEDED unless you have tiny dogs -- but even my chihuahuas can chew the bones once tender (and the "hand chopping" breaks them up enough). See recipe below for more details.
1 full chicken 3-5 pounds (fits in a 6 quart crock pot)
1.5 cups of brown rice
1 large sweet potato, chopped
1 cup of green beans, whole
1 beet, chopped
1-2 large carrots, chopped
Additional dog-friendly vegetables if you desire
Place full chicken in the crock pot. Surround with all the vegetables. Leave out the rice for now.
Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. The vegetables should start getting mushy and all the juices should be settling at the bottom. At this point your chicken is ready for consumption minus the bones. This is when I put the crock pot on for a 8-10 hour setting, overnight. This allows the bones to soften. You should also see your liquid simmering (if not, turn to a higher setting). Near the end of the 8-10 hours with about 2 hours left to go, add the 1.5 cups of rice. Stir occasionally. Add water when the rice soaks up all the juices. After the 2 hours of the rice being added, your food should be a nice, sloppy-looking mess of homemade dog food. Be sure to run your mixing spoon through all the ingredients and use a chopping motion as well to make sure the bones are broken up into fairly small pieces. Remember -- if your dog does not do well with bones, even when tender, use boneless chicken or see my Gizzards and Livers Dog Food Recipe! A blender is always an option, too! The bones add an extra nutritional bonus and you can also see my Marrow Dog Food Recipe if you just want the marrow added. After you play around with a few recipes, you will see that you can mix and match with no problem! This recipe will make about 5-6 full quarts of food. You can portion up the food in baggies or tupperware containers and freeze, too!