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1. Choose the best quality meat available. Do not trim the fat. Cut the meat up into dice size chunks for smaller pets and into larger chunks for larger pets. You do not have to buy ground meats. Your pet does not chew up their food. They position the chunks into the back of their throat with their tongues and swallow the bites whole. Mother Nature intended it this way so they could get as much food down as quickly as possible before a larger animal came and took their food from them. Cut up and add the organ meat. The organ meat only has to be 10% of the total meat portion.
2. Cut up and then cook the top six vegetables in as little water as possible. Do not drain off any water. Start with green beans, since they take the longest to break down, and then add the rest of the vegetables. Once the vegetables are slightly softened, add real salted butter to the pot. I make very large pots of vegetables that yield about 80 pounds of pet food so I add a lot of butter. You will only need a small amount.
3. Mash the vegetable mixture with a large potato masher. I do not use a food processor to reduce the veggies to baby food. I leave it a little chunky. This is my personal preference as it makes the appearance of the meals better and you can still make out the colorful vegetables in the food. If your pet does not have a taste for vegetables then smash it into a very soft pudding-like consistency and don’t be afraid to add more butter.
4. I mix together the food in large industrial bowls with approximately 30 pounds of meat in each bowl. Remember of those 30 pounds of meat no more than 10 pounds will be fat and 3 pounds will be organ meats. Finally, I add at least 3 pounds of vegetables.
You can freeze the food in meal size portions for up to 3 months.