If you’ve read our 5 Steps to Feeding Raw you saw that your dogs should get protein from at least four different sources per week. And you might have panicked a little bit. I did! This can sound very overwhelming but don’t be scared. If I can handle it, and Brent can, than you can. Haha! We lead busy lives so I’ve had to get creative and try a few different meal-prep ideas before I’ve found what works best. To be honest, there may even be a better way but so far, this is what I like.
Step 1: Order the Food
I order from Raw Delivery MN. They deliver a variety of raw meat, bone, organ, and treats to different pickup locations around the Twin Cities. When I pick it up the premixed beef, pork, duck, chicken, lamb, etc. is packaged like the photo above. So delicious right? My last order was pre-mixed beef, duck and pork (80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ) chicken feet, and duck necks. Right there is four protein sources. Then I have some canned salmon I’ll put in once in a while and some eggs
Step 2: Thaw
This step can be a little tricky. As the meat thaws it will bleed. I try to let it thaw in a cooler in the garage, or on a baking sheet in the refrigerator so its easier to clean up the blood.
Step 3: Open a Ton of Plastic Bags
I used smaller storage bags because my dogs are small. If you have a large breed you may want to use a gallon size bag.
Step 4: Get Your Hands Dirty
Yes, I use my bare hands. I’ve been raw feeding for 2 years and I know many people who have for 10+ years and none of us have gotten e coli or salmonella. I put raw meat on my cuttings boards, counters, in the sink, and on baking sheets. When I’m all done I use my homemade Thieves essential oils cleaner to wipe down all the surfaces it touched. No bleach or chlorine. Just good ole’ natural cleaning products.
Okay, back to the packaging. I scoop up a handful and put it into a storage baggie. I don’t measure it out exactly but its about how much my dogs eat in a day (both Bolt and Torque).
Step 5: Re-Freeze Until Ready
Now that you’ve packaged into smaller portions you put them back in the freezer. Thawing and re-freezing your raw food is not as dangerous as people make it out to be. So don’t stress about that.
Step 6: Thaw & Feed
When I restock my freezer, I randomly throw different protein sources in. That way they are mixed up and when I grab a new one to thaw, it will most likely be different than the last. By the end of a week my dogs will get at least four different sources of protein. Plus, mixing in an egg, some canned salmon, or a turkey neck helps cover me because lets be honest, I’m not writing down what my dogs eat every day. Who has time for that? I hope this can help those of you who are nervous or on the fence about raw feeding. It sounds scary and overwhelming when you first hear about it. I was there with ya! Now, 2 years later. Its easier than I ever imagined and the benefits are incredible.