I know a lot of you folks love to use our meaty lamb soup bones to make stock and bone broth, but you can also make a nutritious and delicious food for your favorite canines. I’m not making any official claims here, and we don’t have our dog food analyzed, but we see the increased luster in our dogs’ coats, and they eat the food with great enthusiasm. Farmer Bob feeds it to them as a supplement to their regular grain-free dry kibble. Since we don’t sell our dog food, I am going to show you how I make it. Call or text me at 803-804-3541 to come to the farm for your purchase of bones and offal, or to place an order for the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 9:00-Noon. Come to the farm on our Farm Market Day, October 27th, to pick up your lamb, eggs, soap, honey, and crafty items!
Here’s the basic recipe for 5 pounds of dog food and, following that, pictures and tips. This is the quantity if you use your 6 quart Instant Pot®. If you have an 8 quart Instant Pot®, I suggest you use two lamb heads for the increased amount of meat and connective tissue they contain. I have the Instant Pot® Duo 6 quart model so, if you have another brand, adjust accordingly. Using the Instant Pot® with the natural pressure release locks in flavor and nutrients, which would otherwise evaporate into the air. (It’s that evaporation that makes your house smell so good when you roast in a crock pot or the oven!)
Fox Trot Farm Lamb & Rice Dog Food Recipe
2.5 lbs. (approx.) Fox Trot Farm Lamb Meaty Soup Bones
2 lbs. (approx.) Fox Trot Farm Offal (heart, spleen, kidneys, liver, etc.)
2 cups water
2 cups uncooked rice (any kind, but I used brown since I had that in the freezer, and do not use minute-type rice)
Optional: You may add sweet potatoes, carrots, English peas, or other chopped vegetables of your choice.*
-If using the liver, thaw in the microwave on high for 2 minutes to soften, then cut into chunks.
-Place offal into stainless steel Instant Pot® insert, and top with frozen soup bones. * Add optional vegetables at this step.
-Add 2 cups of water, secure lid and pressure cook on high for 2 hours. Allow pressure to release naturally, about 30 minutes or so.
-Using slotted spoon, remove bones and meat from insert and spread out on sheet pan to cool.
-Measure remaining liquid, including fat, and add water if necessary to measure 4 cups.
-Return broth to insert and Instant Pot®.
-Stir in 2 cups of brown rice.
-Follow Instant Pot® rice cooking instructions for your type of rice or, if using brown rice, PC on high for 20 minutes. NR (natural release)10 minutes, then lay a paper towel over steam vent and QR (quick release) till pressure is released.
-While rice is cooking, remove all meat from the bones and discard the bones. Chop the meat into fine mince.
-Combine cooked rice with the meat; pack into containers and refrigerate or freeze.
This recipe makes approximately 5 pounds of dog food; more if vegetables are used.