Dry the shells from 6 eggs for 10 minutes in a 300 degree oven, let cool and grind to powder in the old coffee grinder.
Liquefy and mix in a food processor, in batches if necessary:
1 can green beans with liquid
water drained from 1 lb chicken liver
water drained from 1 12 oz. can tuna
Pour into a very big mixing bowl with:
4-1/2 sesame seed hamburger buns
1 C oatmeal
1 lb. chicken livers (squished through your hands to break up)
2 peeled apples, grated
Mix it up and add:
3-4 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. ground venison
With your hands, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Press into in a big, fairly deep baking pan. If the beef is fatty, forming the mixture into loaves with space between them allows better drainage of the fat.
Bake at 350 degrees 1-1/2 hours.
When it's done pour off any fat that drained in the pan, cool, break it into chunks and freeze in portion-size containers.
Some notes on the recipe:
- Drying the egg shells makes them easier to grind - not that they need to be ground, Lula is a dog and would eat them whole if she felt like eating them at all. I find both the idea and the sound of her crunching on them mildly creepy. Added because calcium is good so why throw them away.
- The tuna water is included just because she likes it and I knew I'd be opening the can for dinner tonight.
- Hamburger buns could be any bread. I know I'm not going to eat all I have so I used them. Lula loves bread. (She had a liverwurst sandwich for breakfast. Liverwurst is doggie crack.)
- Any fruits and vegetables can be substituted (a can of pumpkin would be very good if only I hadn't forgot it) but only apples should be included raw or as anything but mush. Lula can find a tiny piece of green vegetable inside a mountain of meat and she will delicately remove it to the floor beside her dish. All my dogs have had this skill. A small piece of carrot might escape notice and get eaten along with meat but nothing green.
- Oatmeal's just good and good for you.
- Liver of any kind, hell, organ meats of any kind, add to dog palatability. They could be liquefied in the food processor but that's so bass-o-matic icky.
- The venison, '07 vintage, was going to waste in the neighbor's freezer. She offered, I accepted. In my experience, dogs like venison.
- Whole Foods has had 20% fat ground beef for $1.99/lb. this summer in packs of 3-4 lbs. I wouldn't feed a younger dog that much fat but I am haunted by the sharp bones I feel whenever I handle Lula and I know her digestive system can handle it. Calories, calories, calories. A lot of it will drain off in the oven.
If things go well she will be eating for about two weeks. Worst case, it will last forever but I've found a canned food she'll eat sometimes and there's a backlog in the refrigerator and freezer. A big ole venison summer sausage in the refrigerator and some chicken backs and feet in the freezer. And I can always count on the Ravenous Poodle to finish up what The Little White Dog rejects. Or forgets about. Or gets distracted from. Or takes too long to eat.