Today I cooked dog food. I’ve been making “human grade” dog food for our Pitbull Bella for about a month now. I alternate between 3 lbs ground beef, ground pork and/or ground turkey with 1 1/2 cups brown rice (precooked) along with 1 zucchini and 2 carrots shredded in the food processor, a few cups of chopped spinach and half cup each of frozen green beans/peas, sprinkled with a couple tablespoons of evoo or fish oil. Sometimes I’ll put some sweet potatoes or pumpkin in as well and in the morning I put a scoop of plain yogurt in her bowl for calcium and probiotics. I cook up a batch and keep it in a large Tupperware container in the fridge. Bella is about 55 lbs so based on her macros she gets about 1 1/4 cups twice a day.
We’ve tried all kinds of very expensive dog food over the years and I’ve considered making their food a few times but when we had 3 dogs, one of which was 160 lbs, it was daunting to consider. Bella loves this and seems to be thriving on it with fewer digestive issues, clear skin and a shiny coat.
I bought 7.5 lbs of ground beef at Costco for $17 yesterday. Turkey is a little more expensive. I haven’t really calculated in detail but I figure roughly <$15 per batch which lasts 7-10 days.