Country dogs eat a lot. About the time Bella was old enough for regular dog food, the pet food industry botched a few batches and recalled lots of dog food. I had already been looking into cooking up our own dog food, so the opportunity called for action. Since then, I have been stinking up the cabin with crock-pots of all sorts of unsavory meats, etc. It happened to be close to butchering season, which means you want to clear the deep freeze of freezer-burned meat packages which you can no longer identify. And, all those hogs and steers come with one liver each, which no one wants in their kitchens. With a little friendly bartering, I had more mystery meat that I knew what to do with. Raiding the pantry, I came up with a few more ingredients to fill out the pet stew: rice, green beans, field corn, apple sauce (summer blend) or pumpkins (harvest blend).
The first step is to slice all the meat thinly and cook it for a day in the crock pot. This will yield about 6 quarts of rank smelling meat mush, which is good for about 6 batches of pet stew. Freeze 1 quart each in vacuum seal bags and freeze until you need it. Then, defrost one bag in the refrigerator for 2 days. Over a pot of coffee, cook up the rice, using the water from the beans and corn. Meanwhile peel and seed the pumpkin, dice up the flesh, and steam this until soft. Add all these together, and top it off with a dozen scrambled eggs. You have one big bowl of dog food yummies.
You now have about 8 to 9 quarts of dog delights or cat cravings to freeze until you need it. Don’t forget to let Bella lick the bowl. Oh, and if you have unexpected guests, you can microwave this and serve with hot sauce. That will take care of the unexpected guest issue.