Homemade Dog Food with Deer Meatby Lori Lapierre
Deer meat, or venison, is a lean, healthy meat easily substituted for beef in homemade dog food recipes. Venison is safe; many commercial brands use it as an ingredient. But the benefit of making it yourself is knowing your dog will not consume unnecessary additives or preservatives.
Pour enough olive oil in the pan to coat the bottom, or spray it thoroughly with baking spray to protect the ingredients from sticking during cooking. Turn the burner to medium high.
Add the venison to the pan. Stir the meat frequently with a wooden spoon to cook all sides until browned.
Add the chicken broth, water and corn. Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
Pour in the brown rice and mix it into the fluid. Cover the pan and return the mixture to a boil.
Turn the burner back to low. Simmer the mixture for an hour, keeping it covered. Stir occasionally to make sure it is not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Remove the pan from the heat. Allow the dog food to cool overnight in a refrigerator before feeding any to your dog. Portions can be microwaved for a brief time to warm them.
Place additional servings in plastic bags or containers and freeze; thaw the food in the refrigerator ahead of use.
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- Olive oil or baking spray
- 5 pounds ground venison or venison chunks
- 2 cans chicken broth, 50 oz each
- 4 cups water
- 3 pounds corn, frozen; or 3 cans of corn, 16 oz
- 3 pounds uncooked brown rice
- Large pot with lid
- Plastic bags or containers
- You may also use 1 gallon beef bouillon in place of the broth and water.
- Use a crockpot to make this "stew" if you need to be gone during the day.
- Other vegetables—such as carrots, spinach or green beans—can be added or substituted in this recipe.
- This recipe makes approximately 45 cups of dog food.
- Keep leftovers in the refrigerator, and avoid thawing frozen portions on a countertop to prevent the growth of toxic bacteria.