Organic, holistic and raw foods are among many premium-quality pet food options for the discerning pet lover, and they come at a premium price. An alternative to spending bucks beaucoup for top-quality dog food is to make it yourself. A few ingredients will keep cost to $10 to $12 dollars a batch.
Put a whole fryer and chicken livers in a slow cooker.
Add frozen vegetables.
Cover the meat and vegetables with water.
Cook in the slow cooker on high for two to four hours.
Switch the temperature to low and cook for eight more hours.
Stir or mash the meat and vegetables together. Drain with a strainer.
Money Saving Ideas
Check your refrigerator before you begin cooking a batch of food.
Use leftovers from your refrigerator for ingredients. Dr. Greg Martinez says, “meat and veggies in the Crock-Pot even makes old salad taste good.” In other words, even wilted lettuce works. But stay away from avocados, dairy and the onion family.
Buy meat and vegetables that are on clearance or sale to save.
Feeding and Storage
Feed a 20-pound dog 20 ounces or 2 1/2 cups of homemade food a day.
Feed an inactive 20-pound dog less; feed a pregnant, nursing or extremely active dog more. Winter may be an excuse to feed a bit more than in warmer months.
Store the unused food in the refrigerator for up to a week. Freeze serving-size portions for up to three months.