About an hour
3 C. White Flour
2 C. Wheat Flour
2 C. Bran
2 C. Rye Flour (or soy flour, millet flour, whatever is available)
1-1/2 C. Cornmeal
1-1/4 C. Powdered Milk
1/3 C. Brown Sugar (optional: for those who like to munch along with their dogs)
1/4 C. Brewer's Yeast
2 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
To Each 2 Cups of Grain Mix, Add:
1/2 C. Vegetable or Meat Puree (homemade or use a small jar of baby food)
3 Tbs. Fat (chicken fat, bacon fat, butter, margerine, or cooking oil)
1 Beaten Egg (or 2 yolks or 2 whites, if you have leftovers)
1/4 C. broth or water (use only as needed to make the dough clump together)
1. Combine grain mix in a food processor or put it in a large plastic container with a lid and shake it vigorously until evenly mixed. You can store this mixture for future batches. This amount will make 6 batches.
2. To make vegetable puree, microwave or boil vegetable of choice (carrots, spinach, broccoli, pumpkin, zucchini, etc) until soft and smushy. Press through sieve or puree in food processor. This is a good way to use up left-over vegetables.
3. To make a meat puree, boil meat and bones (if chicken, include the skin, liver, kidneys, etc.) in a slow cooker with a teaspoon of vinegar added to the water. Let this simmer for a day or so, adding more water as necessary. When the bones become so soft they turn to paste when you press on them, drain off the liquid. Separate the soup stock from the fat (you can use the fat for the dog biscuits and have soup for dinner). Puree the bones and meat in a food processor.
4. Add the vegetable/meat puree, fat, and egg to 2 cups of the grain mix. Blend or process the mixture until it can be gathered together into a ball. Add liquid if necessary (some purees are more liquidy than others).
5. On a lightly floured board, roll out dough to a thickness of a little less than 1/2 inch.
6. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Cooking stores have a selection of cutters that often includes a bone-shaped cutter. I also have a fireplug-shaped cutter.
7. Place biscuits onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until firm to the touch. Another test is to drop one on the countertop and see if it has a brittle sound.
8. When cooled, store in an airtight container. Makes about two dozen medium-sized bones.
|Grated bits of leftover cheese can be kneaded into the moistened mixture. If your dog has a problem with flatulence, try adding a crumbled piece of burnt toast to the grain mixture... anything's worth a try. (Disable your smoke detector before burning the toast.)|
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