HOMEMADE
DOG FOOD

Do It Yourself Instructions

Balanced dog food recipes

Makes 5 lbs of dog food at 865 calories per lb.
To make 10 lbs, double the ingredient list (use 2 vitamin packs).

Ingredients

Ground beef
+85% lean. If less than 85%, please inquire about a new recipe
2.75 lb
Organ meat
Beef liver - preferably chopped/ground
1/4 lb
Vegetable Group 1
Fresh or canned puree sweet potato
3/4 lb
Vegetable Group 2
1/2 lb carrot + 1/4 lb spinach or kale
3/4 lb
Legumes
Lentils, sprouted or raw
1 cup
Safflower oil1 tablespoon
The Farmer’s Dog Nutrient Pack
Contains 9 essential nutrients to complete the recipe.
Our nutrient packs are currently backordered. Click here and register to get notified when they are available.
1 pack
Optional fruit
1 handful of blueberries, bananas, or sliced apples (no seeds)
Optional herbs
1 small bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley
Optional oils
1 tablespoon of pure omega-3 fish oil (We recommend pure wild salmon, or anchovy/sardine oil)
Optional supplements
Additional supplement (fibers, turmeric, chicory root, glucosamine, milk thistle, spirulina, coconut oil, etc) instructions available upon request.

Utensils

Bag
Ziplock/freezer safe bags to portion and store in freezer
Bowl
Large mixing bowl/pan

How to make home-made dog food

1Bring water to boil

Use this water to boil organ meat and sweet potato together (unless using canned/puree). Boil organ meat until cooked - if boiling whole organ meat, cut into small pieces after boil.

2Cook sweet potato and lentils

Boil/bake sweet potato whole and mash – or use canned sweet potato puree. Boil lentils according to instructions.

3Prepare greens and carrots

Finely dice/blend greens. Chop carrots/pulse blend.

4Cook ground meat

Cook ground meat in non-stick skillet or large pot on medium heat (no oil), stir frequently. When meat is still slightly pink, add in greens and carrots. Cook until meat is done, carrots are soft, and greens are welted (breaks down cell walls and allows for nutrient absorption).

5Add oils and nutrient blend

Take meat and veggies off of heat and let cool (until warm/no longer cooking temperature). Transfer meat and veggies to large mixing bowl. Add oils and entire supplement pack (without this pack the recipe is nutritionally deficient). Mix.

6Finish

Add in cooked sweet potato, lentils, cooked liver, and optional additions (fruit, parsley, etc). Mix thoroughly. Separate to individual servings.

Make it easy

Pro tip: Can consider making as a stew, or all in one pot. Add oil and supplements when stew is taken off heat and nearing room temperature. Strain excess water before adding ground meat - do not strain after adding ground meat as you will lose the fat.

1Pack

Treat this just like human food. Food lasts up to 5 days in refrigerator. Use for feeding in that timeframe, or pack into freezer safe bags and store in freezer. Recommended to pack into daily meals.

2Thaw

To thaw frozen packs, let defrost in the refrigerator for 1-2 days, or place bag in hot water. Do not microwave.

3Serve

Serve cold or warm. To warm, heat up in oven or conventional oven. Do not microwave or recook.

4Let us help

Message info@thefarmersdog.com for recommended serving sizes, ingredient alternatives, or tips on transitioning from commercial food – or submit a free consultation request.

Bone-Appétit!

Disclaimer: This may need adjusting based on your dog’s activity patterns. This is for a moderately active adult dog. The diet when done according to these directions will have a complete nutrient profile. Any variation from this recipe will likely not be balanced and puts your dog at risk of malnutrition. This recipe and vitamin + mineral pack are not designed for use with puppies under 12 months of age. It is recommended for first-timers to transition slowly to real food. Please message info@thefarmersdog.com for tips, custom recipes, or other packets designed for growing dogs. This homemade dog food recipe with vitamins is acceptable for dogs with grain allergies, or poultry allergies.