Homemade Dog Food (Slow Cooker)
Keep your doggie healthy and happy with this easy slow cooker dog food recipe. It’s cheaper and healthier than any store-bought version. Chocked full of veggies and easily customisable to your dog’s taste.
We can all agreed that dogs are a huge part of the family, so why shouldn’t they get delicious and healthy food to eat. Am new to the world of homemade dog food, this is the first time I have made my own and let me tell you it was a huge success.
I never intended to start making dog food but I just kind of stumbled on to it one day. When I was looking on Pinterest for dog treat recipes for my 9-year-old border collie called Lexi. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen her before. Am sure we have all experience the black hole that Pinterest can be. You go on to look for one thing and 2 hours later you are still scrolling through pins and haven’t actually got round to making anything yet!
Let’s just say this has happened to me way too many times. At least this time I discovered how easy it is to make dog food. For a while I wanted to make Lexi her own food as I know that conventional dog food can have a lot of less than desirable ingredients. What put me off from doing it was how much time, effort and expense I thought it would take. Oh, how wrong I was!
For this recipe I used my slow cooker to turn this into an easy one pot meal. Simply dump in the rice, chicken stock, dried rosemary, chicken thighs, pork chop and the diced sweet potato and butternut squash. Set the slow cooker to low and leave to cook for 6 hours. After 5 hours add in the chopped frozen veggie mix, rinsed and drained chickpeas and stir about. Once completely cooked turn off the slow cooker. Then remove the bones from the chicken thighs and stir in the crushed egg shells then portion out into individual containers.
Depending on the breed of dog you have will depend how many meals this recipe makes. Since Lexi is a border collie I portioned this out to make 8 225g meals. This recipe cost £3.10 in total, making each serving cost 39p. Like I said before you can customise this to your dog own taste. Lexi loves chickpeas and sweet potato which is why I included them but by all means if yours doesn’t then simply swap them out for a different dog friendly alternative.
Here’s a few suggestions:
- Any good quality protein
- White or sweet potatoes
- Butternut squash (de- seeded)
- Green beans
- Dark leafy greens (add this after cooking)
When it comes to storing your homemade dog food I went out and bought Lexi her own small round clip lock containers. This isn’t necessary any air tight container will do the job. I choose to keep 2 meals in the fridge at a time and the rest in the freezer. Then simply remove 2 meals each night to defrost in the fridge overnight. When ready to serve heat them up in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
Honestly, I was so proud of myself for how this recipe turned out. I love that 1. Lexi devours this every time I feed it to her. 2. That I know exactly what ingredients have been used. For these reasons I am definitely going to continue making her food. Personally, I already meal prep for myself on a weekly basic and now Lexi gets to join in on the fun and reap the rewards from eating healthier food.
Homemade dog food (Slow Cooker)
- 4 medium sized chicken thighs (with skin and bone)
- 1 medium sized pork chop
- 240 grams cooked chickpeas
- 150 grams mixed frozen vegetables
- 150 grams diced butternut squash
- 150 grams diced sweet potato
- 100 grams dry white rice
- 50 grams frozen peas
- 500 ml water
- 6 crushed egg shells
- 2 tbsp dried rosemary
- 1 chicken stock cube
Rinse rice under cold water until water runs clear. Add to the the slow cooker along with the chicken thighs, pork chop, dried rosemary, peeled and diced sweet potato and butternut squash. Make sure to remove the seeds from the butternut squash as well.
Turn slow cooker on to low and leave to cook for 5 hours.
After 5 hours has passed give it a stir and add in the drained and rinsed cooked chickpeas i used tinned chickpeas. The frozen peas and the frozen mixed veg mine had peas, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli in it. Leave to cook for another hour.
Turn the slow cooker off. Then remove the bones from the chicken thighs and shred the meat.
Crush up the egg shells i used a blender to blitz them for 10 seconds. Then stir them into the food.
Give everything a good mix together and divide it up into however many portions you need. I made 8 x 225 gram portions.
Store in air tight containers in the fridge for 3-5 days or the freezer for longer. i store them in the freezer then take two out a time and leave to defrost in the fridge overnight.