Baby Food Recipes – Making Homemade Baby Food

Making baby food at home is a great way to ensure your baby stays healthy and fit. Homemade baby food is fresher, more nutritious, and tastier than the commercial grade food that is found in stores. You may think that the process of making your own food for babies is tedious and hard, but by following some simple recipes you can make the experience easy and enjoyable.

When you make your own food for babies, you guarantee quality nutrition for your young one. In addition, the wholesome food you make does NOT contain the harmful additives, preservatives, and colorants that are present in commercial foods. Homemade baby food helps start your child off on a strong foot with a healthy immune system that is powered by a sturdy nutritional diet.

If you are a novice at making foods for your young one at home, here are a few tips:

• Follow a recipe
• Buy fresh organic ingredients
• Make sure your work area is extremely clean
• Thoroughly wash your hands before starting
• Make the food once a week in bulk to save time and energy
• Separate the bulk supply of the food into ice trays and place them in your freezer
• Once the food cubes freeze you can place them into an air-tight freezer bag
• Take a frozen cube of baby food out of the freezer bag a day before you plan to serve it
• Do not reheat the food more than once
• Keep track of the date you made the recipes by labeling the freezer bags with tape
• Start your child on fruit and veggie recipes before trying any recipes with meat
• Do NOT keep half eaten baby food (the saliva from the baby’s spoon will help breed bacteria)
• Start your baby on new foods slowly so you can test for allergic reactions

Now that you have an idea of what steps you need to take to ensure that you will make some great baby food recipes, you will need to find a resource that contains a variety of recipes for you to try. There are several websites that contain recipes on the internet but few of them contain any variety. The good news is that you can find a variety of baby food recipes by clicking in the link in the author’s resource box below. It will take you to a website that contains over 200+ recipes all in one place and you can try them all for FREE. Be sure to visit and share the site with your friends and family.

Anatomy of a Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Introduction

If you have been scouring the Internet for a good homemade dog food recipe, I thought it might useful to share a simple set of core ingredients that you can use to create a wide variety of delicious homemade dog food recipes.

A Few Core Convictions

I am a firm believer in two things:

1) It is better to teach principles than specifics This belief is best captured by the adage, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

As an example, when a person learns the principles of cooking, they can easily improvise for specific meals based on the ingredients, equipment and desire that they may have at any particular moment. The same holds true for learning the principles of a good homemade dog food recipe.

2) I believe you have what it takes to control your dog’s nutrition The pet food industry has done you, the dog owner, a great disservice by making you feel as if only chemists and nutrition doctors truly understand what is best for your dog.

Nonsense! I believe you have everything it takes (love and motivation) to experiment and create your own delicious and nutritious recipes for your dog, recipes that are far more nutritious than the pablum that is served in most doggy bowls today.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe Principles

Thus, without further ado, here is the anatomy of a good homemade dog food recipe:

1) Begin with animal meat of some kind

This can be beef, chicken, turkey or lamb ground up or served in chunks. If you wish to serve ground meat you can purchase whole and use the excellent Maverick Meat Grinder to prepare ground meat.

In addition to these meats, you can feed fish (fillets) or even wild game such as rabbit, elk, venison, etc. (50% of your recipe should consist of one of these ingredients)

2) Add in organ meat of some kind

This can include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork liver as well as beef or lamb kidney. (10% of your recipe should include one of these ingredients)

3) Add other fresh ingredients.

Add in either eggs, yogurt or cottage cheese. (15% of your recipe can include one of these ingredients)

4) Add a vegetable of some kind

This can include broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, zucchini, cabbage or cauliflower.

NOTE: Vegetables must be mashed or puréed in a blender. (25% of your recipe can include one of these ingredients)

5) Supplement every meal with calcium.

If you are not feeding raw meaty bones to your dog, which contain calcium, you must provide a supplement in your meals. (You can add ½ pound teaspoon of ground eggshell to every pound of food.)

Feeding Suggestions

Finally, feed once or twice a day (these would be ½ portions) at about 2-3% of your dog’s body weight. For a 100 lbs. dog, this would be 2-3 pounds of food per day or 1 to 1 ½ pounds of food per meal if feeding twice a day.

Conclusion

And there you have it. Mix and match these various ingredients in the right amounts and your dog will receive great nutrition as well as healthy, homemade, delicious recipes.

Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with other ingredients altogether.

Feeding your pet a diet of homemade recipes allows for great flexibility as well as variety!

Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

The best homemade dog food recipes are those that provide your dog with all the nutrients the dog needs. A good recipe is judged by the quality of ingredients used and preparation rather than how much the dog likes it. However, palatability of the food is also an important consideration when choosing a good recipe for the dog since good food is of no value if the dog won’t eat it.

There are several sources with good recipes for making homemade food for the dog. When choosing a recipe it is important to look at the ingredients. Consider availability of ingredients and if you know how to prepare them. Do not go overboard looking for things you cannot afford, your kitchen pantry should serve as a guide. What ingredients do you have that you can use? Are there ingredients that you can source from your grocery store?

Dogs are different and will vary in their needs, for example an obese dog needs to cut down on calories. High fat ingredients such as peanut butter and eggs only add empty calories; the nutrients they provide can be obtained from other less fattening ingredients. Working dogs on the other hand will require high energy foods while a dog suffering from cancer will need a food high in protein. All these factors should be considered when choosing a recipe for homemade dog food. If you find a recipe you like with some unsuitable ingredients, you can always make adjustments to suit your preference.

The internet is a good source of recipes for homemade dog food. To start looking, just type the words “Best homemade dog food recipes” and this will get you a lot of hits. The first page is usually the best place to get your recipes from; it has the most reliable information. Go to the various websites and scroll through the recipes they have. If you are not sure about a certain ingredient or overall nutritional value of the food you can always ask the vet to show you how to calculate.

The reviews given at the bottom of the page will also give you an idea of how good the food is since most have already tried making it. Some pages also have discussions on various foods and ingredients used in preparing the dog food. Scroll through the comments paying attention to the negative comments…I find that these comments give you the real rating of a certain food. Critics will usually give credit where it’s due and indicate problems where they find them.

The best homemade dog food recipes are what work for your dog. If your dog is in good condition and does not suffer any deficiencies or excesses as a result of the food, then I believe you have a winner. It is up to you as the owner to decide which recipes are the best for your dog and which are not. Remember when switching your dog from one food to another it is best to do it gradually so that the stomach can adjust to the change.