For some dogs, dry, store-bought kibble is not ideal. Either they don’t like it or it doesn’t meet their specific nutritional needs. You, the pet owner, may want more control over what your dog eats and prefer foods that have been processed as little as possible. That is quite a task to expect from most supermarket brands.
Regardless of your motivation, there is a solution, and that is to cook Fido̵
Good nutrition is paramount
Any change in‘s diet is not to be taken lightly. Before making any major changes, consult your vet to confirm your dog’s nutritional needs. These mainly depend on your dog’s age and size, but there can be other factors such as medical conditions.
Gather your ingredients
You can find numerous homemade dog food recipes scattered around the internet. Most are related to a protein, starch and vegetables. I decided to keep my recipe just as simple, and the ingredients are as follows:
- 3 pounds ground turkey (fresh)
- 2 cups of brown rice (uncooked)
- 1 12-ounce package peas and carrots (frozen)
- 4 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of canola oil
Time to cook
Start by setting the Instant Pot on high heat. When hot, add the canola oil and ground turkey. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is brown and no water residue remains.
Then add the brown rice and frozen vegetables. Finally, pour in the water and stir again to fully mix the ingredients in the pan. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the steam valve to “seal”. Finally, turn on the cooker rice mode.
It is an automatic function, so you do not need to enter a cooking time. I recommend using the natural pressure relief method. When all was said and done it took 44 minutes to complete my batch.
Serve, store and make more
After cooking, you should have enough food to fill three 4-cup containers (12 cups in total). In my case, I put one container in the fridge and the other in the freezer for storage. That’s because I plan to use small amounts of this fresh dog food to flavor the pounds of dry kibble I already have on hand.
One of my dogs in particular is not that keen on consuming dry chow. Now, with wet hash in the mix, she’s headed to town at mealtimes. I bet it also helps that I heat up the dog hash just before serving. The smell of hot turkey undoubtedly makes them wild.
There are, of course, many different approaches to homemade dog food. Some other possible ingredients include ground beef, beans, sweet potato, even squash and squash. For more inspiration, check out the wide variety of dog food recipes out there.