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Making Dog Food in a Crock-Pot

Yes, you heard me, people! And before you roll your eyes and think I am crazy…give it a try!

It is so easy and actually less expensive than the store-bought grain-free dry food we have been buying Milton Jones.

So, it all started when Milton decided he no longer loved the dry food that he used to inhale when we first brought him home. When he was little, I actually put the food on a cookie sheet so he had to work for it a bit. Watching him eat was like watching a vacuum suck up dirt…it was crazy! The longer we have him (and the fact that he is no longer fighting 3 large pit bulls for his food), the more he has become a bit fussy. So Rick bought some canned food to mix in with Milton’s dry food, trying to make it a little more appealing. I was preparing this first new meal mixing canned and dry, and I’m telling you that canned food was a gelatinous blob of grossness. It was ishy, it smelled, and was not anything resembling food at all. So I hopped on Pinterest, my favorite go-to for almost anything! (If you want to peek at my boards, feel free to follow me on Pinterest!)

There were so many recipes I was excited to try! So here is what I made, and Milton absolutely loves it. I mix about 1/2 cup in with his dry food and add a little bit of hot water and mix it all up and bam! Dinner is served for Mr. Milton Jones.

I also found a section at Cub in Stillwater in the meat department that has “reduced-for-a-quick-sale” tags. I bought 3 lbs of hamburger for under $4.

Making Dog Food in a Crock-Pot

Recipe by Wendy GimpelCourse: RecipesCuisine: dog foodDifficulty: Easy


  • 3 lbs of hamburger

  • 2 cups brown rice

  • 5 cups water

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced

  • 1 apple (remove seeds)

  • 1 bag frozen peas

  • 3 large carrots, washed and peeled


  • Toss all ingredients into a Crock-Pot, cook on high 6-8 hours.
  • Then I mixed it all up with my favorite Pampered Chef Mix-and-Chop. I let it cool a bit, then packaged it into freezer baggies in measured amounts. I add half a baggie per meal. Every time I open a bag, I take another one out of the freezer to begin thawing for next time. Enjoy, pups!


    4 thoughts on “Making Dog Food in a Crock-Pot”

    1. Couldn’t be easier! I got 3 weeks worth since Lyle gets a smaller portion. He inhaled it so fast, I’m not sure he tasted it!

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