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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 15, 2018, 06:02:43 PM »
I make trips to Aldi for veggies and fruit. Then I'll puree it and put it in gallon freezer bags. Then I have 6 to 8 weeks of puree ready to defrost. Just depends on how much I'm able to find when I go. Pretty much have to eat seasonally if you're buying at Aldi, but it's a lot cheaper for them, and they have a lot of organic compared to other stores.

We shop at Aldi a lot, but I'm not sure that's the way I will go for my dogs.  For one thing, our local store is a bit limited, in terms of organic.  Also, given the size of my dogs - a Chihuahua and a (rather largish) Pomeranian, I'm not sure I need to make the puree in such large quantities.  This is one area where I may be able to splurge a little bit.  I will get what I can at Aldi, but I'm not counting on it as a sole source.  I have been meaning to ask you if is okay to use some frozen things, as long as it is just the fruit or veg, with nothing added.   

I have plenty of time to work out a strategy for home-made puree.  I still have lots of base mix left at this point.  I think I have a lot to learn about feeding dogs this kind of diet.  When I fed raw before, I did strictly prey-model.   
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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by DeeDee on January 15, 2018, 05:40:51 PM »
I make trips to Aldi for veggies and fruit. Then I'll puree it and put it in gallon freezer bags. Then I have 6 to 8 weeks of puree ready to defrost. Just depends on how much I'm able to find when I go. Pretty much have to eat seasonally if you're buying at Aldi, but it's a lot cheaper for them, and they have a lot of organic compared to other stores.
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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by Middle Child on January 15, 2018, 05:39:55 PM »
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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 15, 2018, 05:09:10 PM »
Glad to hear you got it! I see a long time in the kitchen in your future!

Yep!  I am going to process everything I have on hand for them tonight and tomorrow.  This should be a fun activity if we are snowed in again.  ::)  Next time we shop - probably this weekend - get some more and prepare it, too.  I would love to get to the point that I have at least a week's worth of food ready to go, and a month's worth would be even better.  That may not happen just because the furkids have to share a freezer with the human occupants of the house, but it's definitely motivation to clean the thing out more often. 

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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by DeeDee on January 15, 2018, 05:03:13 PM »
Glad to hear you got it! I see a long time in the kitchen in your future!
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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by Pookie on January 15, 2018, 05:01:12 PM »
multistars multistars multistars

Happy grinding!   ;D
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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 15, 2018, 04:40:47 PM »
It's here!

I guess they deliver packages on days they don't deliver letters.  It was sitting under the carport when we got home from the grocery store.
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Issues Of Concern / Dr Karen Becker- if you are stil feeding kibble read this
« Last post by Middle Child on January 15, 2018, 09:07:25 AM »
https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/01/09/dry-pet-food-health-problems.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180109Z1&et_cid=DM178045&et_rid=176820085


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The truth: No “complete and balanced” pet food exists that is also shelf-stable. One example: As soon as a bag of kibble is opened, important dietary fats in the food start to go rancid, and long-term consumption of rancid fats can obviously negatively impact your pet’s health.

Also, because kibble is processed multiple times and at extremely high temperatures, effectively killing all the nutrition in the food, manufacturers assume the finished product contains no micronutrients. That’s why the final production step involves spraying on a nutrient mix (and a palatability enhancer to make pets want to eat the stuff).

The nutrient mix contains cheap, feed-grade vitamins (often from China), including metal oxides and sulfates that speed the oxidation of fats, ultimately resulting in rancid fats in a formula that may or may not be entirely safe to feed as little as a week after it was opened.

There’s also significant potential for opportunistic bacteria and mycotoxins in dry pet food, and the longer the kibble is stored, the greater the risk to your pet and anyone in the family who handles the food. And as if all that wasn’t bad enough, storage mites can also proliferate in dry food. These tiny mites start out in grain silos and from there find their way into dry foods like cereal, grains and kibble. Pets can develop a hypersensitivity to storage mites, resulting in itchy inflamed skin, hair loss and recurrent ear infections.
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Calendar Events / Re: Happy GOTCHA Day, Diva!
« Last post by AK49BWL on January 15, 2018, 09:03:04 AM »
Wow, how did I miss this lol

First is how I wake up most mornings now..

There's an old picture similar to this one floating around where Diva is significantly smaller... Now they're about the same size. I think Buddy is a bit put off by that fact and mostly avoids her these days. Hisses and runs off if she gets too close. Don't know of anything else that's changed in months except her size.
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Raw Feeding / Re: I just killed my food processor.
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 15, 2018, 05:19:07 AM »
Sorry to hear the grinder hasn't arrived.  So very frustrating for you...   Hug1

It really is.  And since today is a federal holiday, I probably won't be getting it until Tuesday, at the earliest.  I have enough food made up to last until then, I think, but only if it does arrive, and does so early in the day.  In any case, they are not thrilled with the texture of this batch, which I mentioned in my "journey" thread.  Since we are going shopping today, in preparation for more possible snow, I may have to resort to buying some freshly-ground meat from the butcher.  I hate to do that, as I am aware of the risks, but it's better than having them not want to eat enough.  The dogs are accepting small chunks, but the cats...not so much.  I have some emergency canned food on the way, but of course it won't be here tomorrow, either. 

I want my freezer to look like yours!  THAT is food security.   DrLisaPiersonWorthy DrLisaPiersonWorthy DrLisaPiersonWorthy
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