I’ve been a bit short on time lately – which is more than just an understatement. Between work, Pickle, the other puppies, and the ten gazillion emails currently sitting in my inbox, the last thing I have time for is a three day raw food making spree.
At times like this, I’m grateful that there are raw food short cuts available.
Several companies offer ‘base mixes’ that allow you to make your own, home made raw pet food, without all the grinding, blitzing, food processing and mixing. Just pick your own protein of choice, add a few ingredients (or, in some cases, none at all), mix with the raw food base, and package. That’s it. You can make a week’s worth of raw in an hour or even less.
Here are some of the shortcuts we’ve tried and like.
Urban Wolf from Essex Cottage farms is our go to mix when I’m short on time and need some home made dog food fast.
It comes packed in a recyclable paper bag, and looks more or less like flour. To make a batch of Urban Wolf, you:
Combine 6 Cups URBAN WOLF mix with 6lb. Raw Lean Meat, 3 Eggs, 15 Cups Water, 2 Cups Oil, and 2 cans jack mackerel
We use a higher calorie meat like lamb for puppies, and turkey (boneless, skinless thighs, bought in bulk) for the adults.
This recipe gives us about 30 cups of food.
Their bag supplies directions for smaller portions, more suited to owners of one or two dogs.
Sojos is another great, grain free raw dog food base. We’ve used it in the past, and the dogs really enjoyed it.
Meat is added to mix on a one to one basis, with water at a 2:1 basis.
Full instructions are on their website. Sojos makes approximately the same volume as Urban Wolf does.
Preference is a grain free raw dog food base, and, as with the two other brands, you can add your choice of protein, based on your dog’s individual needs.
Just add meat and water, and you’ve got a balanced, home made raw dog food.
There are some other brands of raw dog food base mix on the market – Dr. Harvey’s, and Eagle Pack, among others – but I’ve only reviewed the brands we’ve tried personally.
If you have one that you’ve tried and reviewed, please let us know in the comments. Next week, I’m planning a post on pre made, fresh frozen raw dog food.