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Michael Caswell

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Dog Food
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:53:57 pm »
You've probably been told that feeding your dog chicken bones is a bad idea, because they splinter and can choke your pal.  Yet when you roast a chicken, a large amount of the carcass is bones and skin. Similarly, just look at the waste from a dozen wings.

So here's what to do.
I save all those bits, and stick them in a ziplock bag and freeze them until I have a pot full. If you have a pressure cooker, place the parts into the pot, and fill until about 1/3 full of water. Then cook them for about an hour on a slow simmer. You could also do this in a bigger pot, as long as it has a lid to keep the steam in, although not being under pressure, it will take a bit longer. Drain off the liquid and refrigerate for use as chicken stock.
To check they are cooked through, just try breaking a bone. If it is hard to do, its not done. If it crushes in your fingers, that's good.

I usually run all this through a meat grinder.  There is a tremendous amount of goodness in this mix, bone marrow, calcium etc. My dogs love it mixed in with their dry food.