How to Make Dog Food Out of Ground Turkey

by Martha Adams
All-in-one meatloaf makes good puppy supper.

All-in-one meatloaf makes good puppy supper.

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Making your own dog food is easy, inexpensive and no harder than cooking your own dinner. There are no mysterious ingredients or complicated techniques. It's healthy. Your dog will love you. Don't tell your family it's dog food, and they'll enjoy it too.

Step 1

Place the pot or skillet over medium heat. Add the oil when warm. When it starts to ripple, add the ground turkey. Break up the meat with the spoon and sauté just until it loses all pink color.

Step 2

Add the rice, water and bullion cube. Stir until the cube dissolves.

Step 3

Add the frozen vegetables and chopped sweet potato.

Step 4

Put on the lid, turn the heat to low and steam for about 45 minutes, or until the rice is thoroughly cooked and has absorbed all the water, and the vegetables are soft. Add more water if necessary, or remove the lid to get rid of any excess.

Step 5

Pour the beans and their liquid into the bowl. Puree the beans using the blender or food processor. Add the two eggs, shells and all, to the beans and blend until smooth.

Step 6

Add the applesauce to the pureed beans and mix until combined.

Step 7

Fluff the rice-meat-vegetable mixture with a fork, add the beans and applesauce and mix until well blended.

Step 8

Place the mixture into containers and refrigerate or freeze. Warm to room temperature before feeding.

Step 9

OPTION: Pack the mixture into small loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until firm. Refrigerate or wrap and freeze. Thaw to room temperature before serving. This slices and dices well.

Items You Will Need

  • Large nonstick pot or skillet with tight-fitting lid
  • 2 tablespoons oil (olive, canola, vegetable -- your choice)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (85 percent lean/15 percent fat recommended)
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Fork
  • 1 cup raw brown rice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 bullion cube, chicken
  • 1 small (not family size) package frozen peas and carrots or mixed vegetables
  • 1 small sweet potato, chopped or grated
  • Mixing bowl, medium
  • Blender (wand or regular) or food processor
  • 1 #2 can beans ( red, white, pinto -- your choice)
  • 1 #2 can unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs w/ shell
  • Antacid tablets (optional)

Tips

  • Store raw brown rice in the refrigerator or freezer, as it goes rancid faster than white rice.
  • Add one and a half 500 mg tablets of calcium carbonate (antacid tablets, like Tums) per 10 pounds of your dog's body weight daily to be sure he gets enough calcium, unless you're feeding bones.

Warning

  • Feeding raw meat to dogs carries the risk of disease and parasite transmission, but light cooking to 160 degrees will destroy these without impairing the meat's nutritional content. This also makes the dog's food safe for kids and midnight icebox raids.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Martha Adams has been a rodeo rider, zookeeper, veterinary technician and medical transcriptionist/editor. She traveled Europe, Saudi Arabia and Africa. She was a contestant on "Jeopardy" and has published articles in "Llamas" magazine and on the Internet. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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