I did a post on some DIY dog food a year or two ago, but am doing things a lot differently now and thought I'd put in an update. For those who never saw my original post, I have an elderly dog with a single tooth in her head who can only eat mush. Tired of buying expensive food I decided to start making it for her. My original mix, and I still use this for the small dogs with a slight variation on the storage, is this: 2 pounds muscle meat 2 cups organ meat 2 scrambled eggs 1/8c olive oil 1c diced carrot 1c diced apples or cranberries 2c diced pumpkin or sweet potato 10 oz kale or other greens 1.5 tsp powdered eggshell 1 tsp ground pumpkin seed 1 tbsp grated ginger or Ceylon cinnamon 15#@90 minutes pressure canner When I originally posted it, I think Toothless still had some back molars and was able to chew a little bit. Those days are behind her now, and I started running the cooked mix through a food processor to dang near a paste. Packing it in canning jars made a huge mess, plus there's all that processing time, cleaning the jars, etc. So, I started packing it into 1# wild game bags and freezing it. I picked up the bags, tape, and sealer from Butcher & Packer. 100 bags were just $6, WELL below what I'd seen anywhere else. The meat is roasted in the oven, veg and fruit steamed on a steamer. It's still a pain, but she only eats a quarter pound a day so a double batch gives me 10 pounds, enough for 40 days for her. I spent a few hours a couple weekends ago and made her up a 6 month supply for her using some butchered roosters and rabbit guts, so other than the bags it really cost me nothing besides my time. The results I saw with feeding my own mix were crazy good plus the cost was cut in half, so I wanted to do the same with the big dogs. But... they eat a LOT. The idea of bagging all that food, plus the freezer space it'd take up, ugh. Canning would be better but they'd need 2 quarts a day, and a pound of meat each if I was gonna keep them on a meat based, predator diet. It'd cost a fortune... tho still less than the expensive kibble they were currently on. Then it hit me. I was looking at it all wrong. One of my best jobs as a teenager was working for a high end pet supply store (that would later be bought out by a little company called Petco) and part of my job was knowing pet food inside and out, every brand, every ingredient in them, etc. I knew which company used human grade food and which one swept up a-holes, necks and feet off the floor, and I got quite the elitist attitude about feeding cats and dogs. However, the reality is that dogs lick their butts and eat cat poop and commercial dog food is a fairly modern invention. Mangy strays in Cancun eat roadkill and trash and still do fairly well, and anything I cooked up would be a million times better than Old Frikkin Roy. I just had to stop feeding them like they were people. I was deboning. I was removing the skins. I was taking a 10 pound bag of chicken quarters and turning it into 4 pounds. I was scrambling eggs and baking shells and pulverizing them. I was making a LOT more work for myself. I was an idiot. The pressure canner is running a batch of big dog jars now. The mix is as follows: Per quart jar 2 drumsticks or 1 thigh/back, raw pack Jars with thigh/back get 2 whole eggs, shells washed but still on Pack all available space with pumpkin or carrot or sweet potato, OR, add 2 TBSP rice and 1/4 cup water If I have organs available, I add the equivalent of a couple tablespoons to the quart 15#@ 1.5+ hours (1.5 hours is the minimum time listed for bone in chicken. I often let it run another 15-20 minutes, just to be on the safe side, since I raw pack cold) This is the batch that's in the canner now... that's a green pumpkin. I got smart after this batch and shoved the whole thing through the food processor to shred it rather than sit there and dice all day long. 2 dogs totaling 175 pounds split 1 quart jar per meal, 2x daily. They get a multi vitamin a few times a week. They eat bones, skin, cartilage, eggshells and all. The pressure canner leaves the chicken bones and eggshells so soft they crumble under my thumb. The eggs basically hard-boil during the process. The dogs have never looked better. They've stopped farting and the arthritic one actually runs now. The amount of gelatin in the jars is crazy, and I toss a half a spoonful of it into Toothless's bowl to mix in with her food. I get 10# bags of chicken quarters for $5... on sale the other day for .47 a pound. .47 a pound is basically all I'm paying because everything else came out of our garden or the chicken house, and if we can score a few deer this year, I'll use that and drop that $$ cost to nothing. Even adding the multi-vitamins only adds about $5 a month since I got them in bulk and on sale, and now the only real time involved is the time I spend working on something else while the canner runs. At last I can afford to put up a good supply of dog food for the big boys. The one thing I gotta get is Tattler lids.