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Homemade Dog Food Recipe | JustFoodForDogs Beef and Russet Potato

JustFoodForDogs homemade dog food recipe: USDA Certified Beef and Russet Potato

16 oz              Ground Beef, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, raw
1/2 oz             Beef Liver, raw
11 1/2 oz        Potatoes, cut into bite size pieces with skin
6 oz                Sweet potato, cut into bite size pieces with skin
1 oz                Carrots, finely chopped
1 oz                Green Beans, finely chopped
1/2 oz             Green Peas, finely chopped
1/2 oz             Apples, finely chopped
1 tbsp             Safflower Oil
1/2 g               Salt

Update 9/27/2013:  A representative notified me that the supplement information previously in this post is incorrect. now has their own supplement blend to be added to their food.

Cooking Tips on How to Make Homemade Food for Dogs

When cooking ground beef for dogs, the skillet method is preferred. Using a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook meat, stirring and breaking it up with a spoon or spatula until it is cooked through (do not overcook). Let it cool until it is just warm to the touch.

To cook potatoes and sweet potatoes for dogs, bring water to a rapid boil in a saucepan. In the mean time, quarter the potatoes and sweet potatoes. Use ripe potatoes with no shades of green showing on the potato. It is not necessary
to peel the potatoes but as with all vegetables, wash them thoroughly. Add potatoes and sweet potatoes to the water
and lower heat  to a simmer. Cook gently for 15-20 min or until tender. Drain, let cool to the touch and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

The right vegetables and fruits for dogs are a very healthy addition to your dog diet, provided they are prepared, packaged and stored properly. They must be cooked so your dog can digest them properly. When preparing vegetables for dogs they should always be finely chopped and steamed. This allows vegetables to retain their nutrients while being suitable for dog digestion.

Fresh produce is always good for dogs. If possible, always use fresh but if one or two items are unavailable and you must use a frozen alternative, make sure there is no added salt or other seasoning or flavoring.

Whenever including apples into your dog diet be sure to core them making a special effort to exclude seeds, which can be toxic to dogs.

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  1. I’m adding this to my arsenal of dog food recipes! I’m sure my gang will enjoy the switch up. I make different recipes but every single time, I add a whole food supplement made just for my pack. Here’s a link to the supplement I use. It’s balanced, contains vitamins, minerals, calcium, omegas, probiotics…and it keeps one of my dogs from having all kinds of skin issues/allergies. Good stuff. Will go great in this recipe: and I use the Supromega fish oil to top it off. YUM-well at least they think so!

    • Fantastic, Carol! I hope it’s a hit!

  2. Can I just say I love that this recipe has organ meat, a variety of veggies and a calcium supplement? So often I click on these “homemade dog food links” cringing since 95% I’ve seen are so dangerously, nutritionally inadequate that my teeth itch. This looks tasty.

    • This is something that’s new to me. When I was researching the raw food diet, I was stunned at what it took to keep our dogs healthy. I know some people believe that tossing meat and veggies in a bowl are fine, but others come up with these elaborate recipes that I couldn’t keep up with. Now I look at most homemade recipes (especially the ones on my blog) as a fun treat for dogs instead of a regular meal.

      I didn’t even know where to buy bone meal and finally found it online (duhhhh).

      • Surprisingly, we get ours at the human health food store. Most (at least around here) carry a human-grade bone meal.

        Another accessible substitute is eggshell meal. I get that at most stores that sell raw pet food.

        • I’ll have to check our stores – we have 2 locally that should carry it; I can’t believe I didn’t consider that before.

  3. Really surprising !! It’s a great recipe for Dog !! Like it

  4. My dog has officialy new type of meal :) I think he will like it!


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