Here's Exactly How Martha Stewart Makes Homemade Dog Food
Our founder prepares a nutritious meal of chicken, quinoa, and vegetables for her four-legged friends.
What dog wouldn't love a home-cooked meal from Martha Stewart? On her blog, Martha shared how and why she makes homemade food for her four pups, Emperor Han, Empress Qin, Bete Noire, and Crème Brulee. Martha feeds her dogs a variety of wholesome foods including chicken, quinoa, and plenty of nutritious vegetables such as peas, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. "Preparing my own dog food has many benefits—fewer preservatives and additives, more varied and better ingredients and, of course, more of what I know my dogs will enjoy. I also know the food is from wholesome, organic, reputable sources—and that is very important to me," writes Martha.
Martha's recipe for homemade dog food begins by cooking several whole roosters with vegetables and stock in a large pot. She also cooks carrots, four heads of broccoli, spinach, and four bags of frozen peas until they are fork-tender. Another vegetable that her dogs are big fans of? Sweet potatoes, which are "also great for digestive health because they're high in dietary fiber. They're low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese, and they're rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene," Martha writes.
All of the ingredients are mixed in a few large stainless steel bowls until incorporated, then added to a food processor until everything is finely ground. "This step may seem extraneous; however, I have found that my dogs prefer their food ground rather than in big chunks," says Martha. Once the mixture is finished, Martha and her team scoop the food into nearly 40 quart containers, which are labeled and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. In addition to serving her homemade dog food on its own, Martha will also mix a scoop of it in with her dog's store-bought kibble.
Martha notes that pet owners should consult their veterinarians before preparing homemade dog food, as you'll need to ensure that you're giving your dog a well-balanced meal with proper nutrients. "Cooking for your dogs is a personal choice, but if you have time, and are interested in giving it a try, I know your pets will love every meal," says Martha.
To see Martha's entire process, visit her blog for the step-by-step instructions.