How to Make Slow-Baked Dog Foodby Amanda Maddox
Slow-cooking in the oven helps seal in the flavor.
Making your dog's food may be the best option for controlling what your four-legged friend consumes. Choosing fresh ingredients and slow-baking them in the oven helps ensure that your dog maintains a healthy diet. Also, swapping the ingredients up from time to time helps him to not get burned out or bored with his food.
Brown 3 pounds of lowfat ground meat in a Dutch oven over medium heat. The Dutch oven allows you to go straight from the stove top to the oven for slow baking. Choose a variety of lowfat meats such as chicken, beef and turkey, or simply use your dog's favorite one.
Add 3 cups of brown rice, 3 eggs slightly beaten, 3 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water to the meat. Heat the mixture on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes to soften the rice.
Chop two or three carrots, potatoes or other dog-safe veggies and add them to the mixture. Place the lid on the Dutch oven tightly. You can vary the vegetables you use, as long as you've made sure they're pup suitable.
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Slow-bake the dog food in the oven for approximately two hours or until the vegetables are tender. Serve only after the food has completely cooled -- such as overnight.
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- 2 pound ground lowfat meat
- Dutch oven
- 3 cups brown rice
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- Store the prepared food in plastic containers in the refrigerator. It will last approximately two weeks. Use a large pot and baking dish to prepare the dog food if you don’t have a Dutch oven.