Homemade Dry Dog Kibble

For someone who’s not into making beautiful cakes – you know, building shapes and creating flowers or Disney characters – I’ve found myself looking for a new challenge when it comes to baking. I can look at most recipes (at least those that interest me) and go in my head, “Yeah. I can do something like that.”

I’ve had a go at making raw stuff like brownie bites and protein bars – very successful. So, now that a dog has entered my home, I thought, “Hey! Let’s make stuff suitable for pets!” It’s not a new concept – there are so many pet cafes out there these days – so there is a ton of research and recipes you can get off the web.

While store-bought dry dog kibble can be purchased at a reasonable price, the quality and ingredients used may not be the best for your dog. Dogs – especially puppies – should eat a balanced diet filled with real food. Just cos they are animals, it doesn’t mean it’s okay to feed them with stuff made with fillers, artificial ingredients, and flavourings.

For this dry dog food, loving owners can rest assured that only wholesome ingredients have been used. Depending on how much your dog eats, this batch of homemade dog food can last 3 – 4 days. Alternatively, you can make these as a treat for when your pup does something that deserves rewarding.

Preparation Time: 3 – 4 hours (could be shorter if you have a food processor and 2 large cookie trays)

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup lentils
5 cups water
200g carrots, washed and chopped
200g potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
500g minced beef
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or cold-pressed coconut oil
A bit more of either oils for greasing the tray and browning the beef

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Steps

  1. Put rice and lentils in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring water to a boil, then lower heat, cover the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes on low.
  2. Once rice and lentils are cooked, stir in carrots, potatoes and apples. Stir in oats and parsley. Cover the mixture and simmer for another 20 minutes. If mixture looks too dry, add another cup of water.
  3. Brown the beef with a little bit of oil, stirring constantly to prevent the meat from sticking to your frying pan. Set aside.
  4. Set your oven to 180C. Prepare two cookie tray by lining them with baking paper and greasing the paper slightly with a bit of oil. TAKE CARE NOT TO USE SALTED BUTTER.
  5. In a food processor (I used a blender), puree HALF the grain mixture, HALF the meat, and HALF the oil. You should get a mixture like baby food.
  6. Spread this puree as thinly as possible (not more than 5mm) on a cookie tray.
  7. REPEAT with other half of ingredients and the second cookie tray.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes. Take the trays out. Lift the sheet off the tray carefully and turn it over in the tray. Peel the sheet off carefully. Return the kibble to bake for another 45 minutes OR until it’s dried through.
  9. Once dried, remove the kibble from the oven to cool slightly. Turn the oven down to 150C.
  10. Cut the slightly cooled kibble into small pieces and then return to the oven for another hour. You may remove them from the oven earlier once the kibble is completely dry.
  11. Cool the kibble and store in an air-tight container, and in a refrigerator. It should keep for 7 – 10 days.

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