Did you know that you can make dry kibble at home? Making your own dog food gives you complete control over the ingredients used. You don't need to worry about the safety of the ingredients in commercial kibble or the added artificial ingredients that could be dangerous to your dog. In my opinion, this is the best homemade dry dog food recipe.
Not only is this recipe healthy for your dog, it's easy to make. I'm a working mom, so I understand how difficult it can be to make time to prepare food for your human family, let alone your furry children. Rest assured, making homemade dog food doesn't need to be time consuming.
I like to make recipes in advance and freeze them for use on days when I'm too busy to prepare a meal for my dogs. I try to plan ahead for a day when I have a few hours free. I make extra-large batches of this best homemade dry dog food recipe, and then I freeze it. Sometimes I freeze enough to feed my dogs for an entire month!
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Best Homemade Dry Dog Food Recipe with Ground Beef and Vegetables
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup dry milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1.5 cups low sodium beef broth
- 2 cups dog-friendly vegetables – finely chopped (I used carrots and green beans)
Before you begin, you'll need to do a little prep work. First, cook the ground beef. I fry mine, so I add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan to prevent sticking. You'll also need to boil or steam the vegetables.
As you can see in my video guide, I used carrots and green beans. You can use any vegetables of your choosing as long as they are safe for dogs. You could also use:
- sweet potato
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry milk and flour and stir until they are well mixed. In a small mixing bowl beat together the eggs, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce and broth.
Slowly add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the cooked ground beef and vegetables, and then mix until it forms a moist dough.The dough will be sticky and a bit chunky, but don't worry – that's what you want! You can see what my dough looks like in the picture above.
Spread the dough mixture onto a very well greased cookie sheet. It should be about 1/2-inch thick. Bake this best homemade dry dog food recipe at 200° for about 30 minutes. Remove it from the oven and use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into bite-size pieces.
Place the dog food back into the oven and bake for another hour. Shut the oven off and allow the dog food to stay in the closed oven until it is completely cool. This may take an hour or more.
Remove the pan from the oven and break the dog food into pieces using the score marks you made with the pizza cutter. You can store the food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.