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Cooking For The Dogs
Monday, 5 October 2009
Down Home Dinner Cont'd

Well, it is all done and packaged into nice containers.  Of course, as soon as I got it all packaged, I realized that I forgot to add the cheese, DOH!  With that exception it all went smoothly.  It does take a little while to strip the chicken of its meat.  If you don't mind spending a little more to save time you could probably buy some boneless skinless breasts and thighs and then just have to cut them up after cooking.  They would also cook faster than the whole chicken takes to cook.  If you do that you also will need to by some liver to add in also. 

The dogs were eager to have some as soon as they could smell the chicken.  They thoroughly enjoyed it as their dinner tonight.  We will see how they like it tomorrow when it is cold.

Posted by kineticbasenjis at 8:45 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 5 October 2009 8:56 PM EDT
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Down Home Dinner

It has been a week since I tried the Apple Molasses Delights.  They were a big hit with all four dogs.  Today I am going to try out one of the entrees in the book, Down Home Dinner.  So we will start with the cost of ingredients.

Whole Chicken $4.50

Carrots $0.17

Barley $0.99

Cheddar Cheese $0.30

Total $5.96

You will also need to add 500mg of calcium per 1 cup serving.  I have been saving my egg shells and drying them to grind.  You will need 1/2 teaspoon per pound of food if you use eggshells. 

Right now, I have cooked the liver, heart, and gizzard from the chicken and once cool will dice it.  The rest of the chicken is roasting while the barley is cooking.  We will see how it goes once all the ingredients are cooked and I get all the meat off the chicken and I get to the combining step.  So far it has been pretty straight forward.  Not sure if I have a big enough bowl to do all the mixing.

Posted by kineticbasenjis at 5:06 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 5 October 2009 5:19 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 29 September 2009
The Taste Test
So today the basenjis all tried the Apple Molasses Delights.  Sophie wolfs them down, Rio chews like a chewie savoring each bite, Nicky and Rally are somewhere in between.  I think the next time I try the recipe I will bake them an extra minute or two so they are a little crisper.

Posted by kineticbasenjis at 8:31 PM EDT
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Monday, 28 September 2009
Apple Molasses Delights

So the first recipe I am giving a shot is the Apple Molasses Delilghts.

To calculate the cost of making the treats I will just divide the purchase cost of the ingredients by the amount used.

Wheat Flour $0.29

Rolled Oats $0.26

1 Apple $0.49

Egg $0.18

Vegetable Oil $0.40

Molasses $0.62

Water FREE

Total $2.24

The prep time was pretty much the 15 minutes the book estimated if you don't count the distractions from the dogs asking to go in and out.  In my oven they were done in 30 minute.  I was able to make 28 treats cut in strips sort of like bread sticks.  Will post the taste test tomorrow once they have had a chance to cool off. 

Posted by kineticbasenjis at 10:14 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 28 September 2009 10:47 PM EDT
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What This Blog is About

It is often said that making your own treats and food for your dogs costs about as much or less than buying them at a pet store and gives you the benefit of controlling the quality of ingredients.  So I have decided to give it a try and do my best to blog about how it turns out.

To get me started on this endeavor I went out and purchased a book with a variety recipes that I can try for my dogs.  The book is The Healthy Dog Cookbook by Jonna Anne with Mary Straus.  The book cost $19.99 at Borders.

Posted by kineticbasenjis at 10:06 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 28 September 2009 11:13 PM EDT
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