Making kibble is not for the faint of heart. I have to put that out there! It’s for the dedicated person who enjoys baking. Kibble needs to be well rounded and therefore contains a lot of ingredients. It’s the type of recipe that could discourage those on the fence when it comes to considering home cooking – which is the last thing I want to do.
Having said that – THIS IS NOT A DIFFICULT RECIPE- it just has a lot of ingredients and steps when compared to most of my other recipes. I usually keep my dishes simple so that people can be easily convinced to whip stuff up for those with four legs on a regular basis.
Here’s the bonus though – lotsa yield with this one. There is plenty to freeze and if you mix it with a meatloaf or stew (that’s what I do) then it will last for two weeks. I often double it so I get maximum payout for my effort!!
My kibbles always follow a similar formula, however, as I always note – I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should to speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.
Basic Kibble Mixture:
2 cups of Rye Flour
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup rolled oats (NOT instant)
1 cup wheat germ
2 cups of dry milk powder (or non-fat milk powder)
2 teaspoons of bone meal powder (from health food store – not garden stores)
3 cups of water
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
Up to 4 cups of cooked ground meat – in this case, turkey
3 cups of mixed vegetables – in this case – two cups of fresh blueberries, one cup of mashed sweet potato
-I go to the bulk food store for a lot of my ingredients. If you don’t have time or live near one, you can use whole wheat flour rather than the rye flour. If you don’t have the oats – replace with another cup of brown rice or vice versa. Dry milk powder and bone meal powder can be skipped if your dog gets alternate sources of calcium. These subs will still make a decent kibble.
Begin by preheating the oven to 300 degrees.
In a frying pan, cook up two packages of ground turkey (appx 2 lbs). This will give you about four cups of cooked meat.
I microwave my sweet potato for 12 minutes. Nice and mushy to work with. A decent sized one gives you about a cup of mashed.
Next, mix together the dry ingredients. A couple of cups of rye flour, and a couple of whole wheat. Then, Add a cup of cooked brown rice, and a cup of rolled oats. Do NOT use the instant oats, they’ve got additives we don’t want here. I like toasted dark. Two cups of dry milk powder– use non-fat if you want to reduce the fat content here. Add 2 teaspoons of bone meal powder or another supplement so that we can make sure our dogs get their require calcium intake. Lastly, finish it off with a teaspoon of salt.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the oil. Pour the three cups of water into the dry mixture, and mix. Then add the eggs and oil. Give it a good mix up. If it’s too dry, add a little water, but you do want a thick paste here. Add blubes and sweet potato. Strain your turkey meat. Some people puree their meat, but personally I don’t see a big difference in the end result and it’s a messy proposition.
Stir altogether again.
Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. (trust me).
With a spatula, spread a very thin layer of the mixture on to the pan. No more than a quarter inch thick, the thinner the layer, the crunchier the kibble can get. We want this to dry out, that’s why we cook it at a lower temperature.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour – until it’s golden brown. If you leave it in the closed oven for additional hours, it dries out more for a crunchier result!!
You may want to check out the recipe for Everything But the Kitchen Sink Kibble. Here are a few pics.