I thought I would share the dog food recipe that I use for my two dogs. I adapted it from one I found on the Aussies Living Simply website :-)
1 kg pet mince (I use 3kg of pet-grade kangaroo mince as it is more economical to buy)
1 cup raw brown rice
1 cup raw pasta
1 cup barley or lentils (I use brown lentils)
2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (NEVER use onions or shallots)
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 spoonfull of vegemite
Mix all the ingredients in a large stockpot and cover with water. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the rice and pasta is cooked. Top up the pot with water and allow to cool. Freeze in portions.
Using the 3kg of mince and adjusting the rest of the ingredients accordingly, I make enough food for our two (medium and large) dogs for approximately two weeks. The recipe doesn't contain a source of calcium so isn't suitable for growing puppies, but our adult dogs are fine on it, and they get uncooked bones to chew on as well.
We've never fed them tinned food, which is cheaper than the refrigerated "sausage" type of food we had been buying, which is about $6 for a 1.5kg sausage, that lasts them for four nights. This recipe works out cheaper than the sausage (around $3.50 a kilo) but more expensive than the tinned food - but (I think) it's infinitely healthier and more natural than whats in the tinned food, and they love it! It's also a fabulous way to use up all those not-so-fresh-looking veggies in the back of the crisper, LOL!