Friday, December 18, 2015

Gizzards and Liver Crock Pot Dog Food Recipe

This was actually my first attempt at homemade dog food.  It almost has a beef look to it, but is way better for your dogs!  Less fat, more nutrition!  I would definitely recommend a blender for this recipe as the livers and gizzards can be a little tough to chew for some dogs.

4 cups of gizzards and livers, any mix you would like
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 the livers and gizards in the crock pot.  Surround with all the vegetables.  Leave out the rice for now. 
Cook on high for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.  The vegetables should start getting mushy and all the juices should be settling at the bottom.  Because we are blending, you don't have to worry about the vegetables getting super soft.  By 4-6 hours, you should be ready to go.  Add contents of the crock pot in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Now, prepare your rice as specified on the bag or box.  After the rice is cooked, you can fold your blended ingredients in with the rice.  This gives the food a nice texture vs. blending the rice as well.  If your dog prefers a "chunkless" food, go ahead and blend the rice with the ingredients.  I find the mixing to be a little nicer as the ingredients adhere to the rice and flavor it well.  The food should last up to 5 days in the fridge.  I often portion it up in baggies and put it in the freezer if unused.  This recipe will make about 5 quarts of food, so it will last beyond 5 days for small dogs and be just about right for large dogs for that time period -- especially if you mix with some dry food! 

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