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Old 11-07-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Default Repost: Homemade wet food recipe

At Sandi's request, I have reposted the recipe I removed from the other thread. Please read the other thread (http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=3242) with all its attendant warnings and discussion about the recipe and its provenance. I got the recipe off a Greyhound forum, a couple of years ago.

This is for folks who want to feed their dogs something besides kibble, fresher, not processed-strained-and-drained until all nutrients are gone, with ingredients you know and trust. For this, you will need:

Tools:
1 crock pot or slow-cooker (I use a 6-qt capacity)
1 5-gallon plastic bucket (or other large container for mixing)
1 large potato masher
1 large slotted spoon or ladle
1 set of large, non-stick muffin pans
freezer bags or disposable plastic food containers for the freezer

Ingredients:
chicken leg quarters
water
pasta, oats, or rice
fresh or frozen vegetables, ground or pureed (not canned)
other meat, like ground turkey, beef, lamb, liver (optional)
mackerel, salmon or other fish (optional)
fresh or frozen fruit, ground or pureed (optional)

Fill the crock pot or slow-cooker with chicken leg quarters and other meats, but do not overfill. Pour water over the quarters until the meat is completely submerged in water. Turn the crock pot or slow-cooker on LOW and forget about it for a full 24 hours. By the end of the 24 hours, you've slow cooked the chicken to the point that the bones are mushy and can be broken up with a fork. CAUTION: This works for young chicken bones, but not for turkey bones, and the chicken bones must be fully submerged for the entire cooking period.

If you cook for one or two hounds, you can add in the pot some pasta noodles, oats, or rice (for carbohydrates), ground or pureed frozen or fresh veggies (mine like carrots, carrots and peas, green beans, mixed veggies), or even fruit if you want. I'll still add in ground beef or ground turkey to mine, chicken livers, and sometimes fish. As said, its up to you and the limits of this "dish" are up to you.

If you are cooking a large batch, or are cooking for a bunch of hounds, then you will cook the meat in the crock pot, and cook the pasta and veggies separately. I suggest that you cook the meat, first, strain out the meat into the bucket for mashing and mixing, reserving the meat broth. Then, cook the pasta and veggies and any other ingredients in the reserved meat broth.

Mash the meat and softened bones to meat and meal with the potato masher. Mix with the other ingredients. Reserve the extra liquid to use over kibble or as a nutritious supplement to other food. Place the mixture in large, non-stick muffin tins and freeze to make individual servings of about 1/2 cup. When frozen, remove from the muffin tins and store in freezer bags. If you don't want to make individual servings, but still want to freeze the food, put it in zip-lock gallon freezer bags, place them flat on a tray and freeze. If you aren't going to freeze the food, then store it in the refrigerator in covered plastic food containers. It will last about a week, refrigerated. If you would normally serve about a half can of wet food, use about a half cup of homemade. If you shop carefully, you can make your hounds a very high quality food for very little money.

If you add too much water, don't worry. You'll need it to cook the pasta or rice you add. If you don't want to add either, or have some leftover, save the broth and use it to pour over their kibble for flavor, or as a "sports drink" for your hounds.

Here are some variations people have found worked for their hounds:
(in addition to the cooked chicken in the crock pot)

1. ground turkey, celery, green beans, and rice (or pasta or potatoes)
2. ground beef, carrots, peas, green beans, and rice (or pasta or potatoes)
3. ground beef and yams
4. ground turkey and lamb
5. mackerel and rice
6. peaches and pasta
7. spinach and rice
8. lamb, turkey, mackerel, beef, pasta, rice, potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, and garlic (for putting weight on rescued hounds).
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:20 PM   #2
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Thank you very much Vagrey's.

I may just have to try this myself, although I feed Raw it may make a great treat for them.

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I've been crock-pot-cooking chicken and feeding it to my dogs for more than twenty years, so along the line I've experimented a bit. Here are some notes on that:
1. I usually throw the remains of the Thanksgiving turkey carcass into the crock pot, but most of the turkey bones will never break down. Some of them, if recycled through several batches of chicken, will eventually break down and become rather chalk-like. If they are broken into small pieces to be sure they are not going to splinter, the debris often shows up in a dog's stool as whitish stuff, indicating that the bone is not digestible. The neck bones will eventually break down, but they have almost no marrow so aren't worth the effort. Conclusion: it's not worth the effort to try to break down turkey bones. Just cook them until the meat falls off and then discard the bones.
2. I once tried a duck carcass. Even after recycling the bones through a months worth of chicken batches (just out of curiosity), the duck bones did not break down at all! It might be that the duck was rather old...or at least older than most chickens are when slaughtered...or it may be that duck bone is just denser than chicken bone.
3. I've cooked the shoulder blade from a pork roast in the crock pot and it will usually break down after 2 cycles of being cooked with chicken. It has a good amount of marrow, so might be worth the effort.
4. I've tried cooking the remains of a roast chicken in the crock pot but there seems to be something about the dry heat of first oven roasting the chicken which makes the bones less susceptible to breaking down in the moist heat of the crock pot. Same goes for fried chicken.

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Old 11-08-2006, 10:13 AM   #4
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I've been crock-pot-cooking chicken and feeding it to my dogs for more than twenty years, so along the line I've experimented a bit...I've cooked the shoulder blade from a pork roast in the crock pot and it will usually break down after 2 cycles of being cooked with chicken. It has a good amount of marrow, so might be worth the effort...
This is very interesting. I cut and grind my own pork to make sausage and meat patties. One of my basic cuts is the pork shoulder roast. I usually roast and make stock with the shoulder blades, but this gives me something else to try with the extra blades.
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:09 PM   #5
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I don't know why my ISP is making it so difficult/impossible for me to copy and paste a URL, but they are. So, I googled Jennifer and the half-tailed pack and got to { linked removed by Doberman's}
If the above URL works, you can get there and read Jenn's original recipe. She has always called the concoction "home made canned food"...as opposed to the thread here on DogForum which was "wet" food. Same diff, I guess. Just a matter of semantics.


Neither Jenn nor I are making a penny from this, so we have no reason to steer you wrong. Jenn was impressed by her hounds' (Borzoi, Afghan, Saluki and Greyhound...some of the most notoriously finicky eaters of the dog world) enthusiastic reaction to the crock pot cooked chicken, as have been many other fanciers.

Jenn deserves credit for the recipe she developed and published. Jenn has always given me credit for originating the method of cooking chicken in a crock pot, without which her recipe for "homemade canned food" wouldn't exist.

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Hey everyone

I'm the "other half" of the home made canned food recipe "originator". I feel as though I do have to give Heidi the credit because she started it all. I just put the recipe on a website (after getting her permission) and posted that I added the other stuff.

I'm new to this forum, as Heidi is. I saw that the website was removed, so have made sure not to put the website on here but VAGreys has copied/pasted what it says - the recipe. Heidi, hope you didn't get in trouble for posting the website.

I posted a lengthy post to the thread on "Jennifers Home Made Canned food" thread. I hope that it answers the questions people have been asking. Heidi is a wealth of information on this recipe too. I know she's done more tweaking to it than I have had a chance to do and any time I see her posting about it or any other thing she cooks for her hounds, I quickly take note!!! It has always been worth it!!!! I'm not the only one who has said that either. I have talked to many people in teh Saluki world who has said the same thing about Heidi (when we chatted about my recipes). I have also heard it from teh Afghan Hound world too.

There hasn't been a problem with my hounds eating this. For the last month of his life, my oldest hound, Charlie (rescued Afghan Hound) ate this. He passed two months ago... he was one week and two days shy of his 21st birthday. My hounds continue to enjoy this VERY much, and if it is not mixed in my Silken Windhounds' food... well, they pretty much won't touch thier kibble.

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Thank you for this great share!
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Finally here's the thread i've been looking for....thanks Katz for bumping it up!!!
Great share vagreys!!!
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Is this recipe for everyday feeding or is it just a treat?

Also, is this more or less expensive than regular dry food?
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I feed it as a daily or twice-daily supplement. I freeze it in large muffin tins, and the hounds get one of those (about 1/2 cup) per meal, mixed in with their kibble. Once a week, they get a whole meal of this, instead of kibble. I use this instead of mixing in canned food. It costs me a little over $0.50 per pound, so it costs about the same to make as it does to buy a mid-level kibble.
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