Farm Life: Preserving the Harvest, Part 12, Pet Stew

Tippy & Bella

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).

Main Dish and 4 Sides

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.

Dog Salivating Stuff

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.

Thanks, Dad

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4 Responses to Farm Life: Preserving the Harvest, Part 12, Pet Stew

  1. Barneysday says:

    My grandfather on his farm always cooked/mixed up all the food for the dogs, chickens and turkeys, and pigs. Don’t know what it contained, although the pig slop was all the garbage from a local military base’ dining hall. I do recall that he cooked it all up in the barn, my grandmother would have none of that smelling up her house! He even made a special grain mixture for the cows kept in the barns over the winter. Older times…

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Pigs will eat anything! I would not want that slop near the house either. Once our neighbor brought home 55 gallon drums of spoiled milk for his pigs. The joy of dipping in a feed bucket to the mess and pouring it into the trough. No way to do that without getting yourself rancid smelling.

  2. The Vicar says:

    Yuck! A few more farm posts and I may choose to become a vegetarian.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Acutally, one of our neighbors made the decision years ago to be vegetarian having grown up on a farm with a family that ran a butcher shop. She will say that if you are going to eat meat, the best way to do this is to raise and butcher it yourself, rather than learn how “factory” farms raise animals and slaughter houses process them. On the other hand, seeing what Bella can do to a groundhog or other woodland critter, the crock pot does not look so bad.

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