My Dog Food Meat Grinder
A commercial meat grinder is a great asset when making homemade dog food. If you buy one that is powerful enough you can grind up chicken bones along with the meat. This is a great way to supply calcium and cartilage to your dog. It is also ideal to grind up food for puppies, small dogs and old dogs that may have dental problems. It also makes the dog food more uniform for easy mixing, serving and storage. This is my meat grinder it is a Weston 1.5 HP. This grinder breezes through 10 pounds of chicken leg thigh quarters in a few minutes. It is extremely heavy duty!
Dog Food Meat Grinder Display of Parts
As you can see the meat grinder I use to make some of my homemade dog food has a handful of parts. The meat grinder assembles in minutes and is easy to clean. You will be making dog food in minutes.
Meat Grinder Auger
Pictured above is the auger and the plunger. The tray also has a safety shelf that I forgot to put on for the pictures. Obviously never stick your hands, fingers or toes down the hole. If you don’t think you can resist the urge to do so then don’t use this meat grinder. Nuff Said:)
Meat Grinder Cutting Assembly
The picture above shows the cutting blade to the left and the screen to the right. The meat grinder comes with two screens and this is the larger of the two screens pictured. Basically, the blade turns in unison with a heavy duty auger and this drives the meat up to the screen where the blade cuts and chops it. The ground meat is then pushed through the screen into a waiting pan.
Super Nice Feature of this Meat Grinder
Occasionally you may try to grind something that is a little tough and this can jam the meat grinder. If this happens simply switch it to reverse for 5 or 10 seconds until it gets unjammed. Then turn it back to forward and away you go.
This meat grinder retails for around $750. It is a very heavy duty sturdy built meat grinder. This grinder also can be used for your own household grinding needs. A very handy tool.
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Tracy Scheig says
Question for Ed. We have a young lab bird dog with allergies. We are going with your advice, but we have a lot of pheasant in the freezer. Can we grind the breast meat and use it in place of chicken or beef as needed?
If your meat grinder can handle it grind up the bones as well.
Do you grind the chicken and bones raw before you cook it? If so, how do you cook it once it is ground?
I don’t cook it. I feed it raw.
Hi Ed, Just found your website. I have a 12.5 year old Golden that I want to start feeding your cooked diet to. As I’m just going to try this to see if she will eat it…what % of fat for hamburg should I get? Eventually I might invest in a grinder, but now just want to by the beef already ground.
Thanks you, Nancy
I use the 70/30 ground beef.
what r charges……………..
This meat grinder cost me about $700. I bought it online.
Hi! I have been using the Dinovite on grain free limited 6 ingredient dog food. I am switching them to either the raw or cooked recipe in the next few days. My question is, why are the eggs hardboiled in the raw recipe and raw in the cooked recipe? Thanks!
The eggs are raw in the cooked recipe because they get cooked in the process.
Great photos of the meat grinder and I got mine at a well known supplier from what I found on the internet called One Stop Jerky Shop. I got mine for $699.99 with free shipping and I love it, it zips through full chicken pieces like butter. I saw their Tasin grinder too which was an option but since I am grinding so much the Weston was the best fit. Happy grinding everyone.
Will the grinder pulverize dry dog food? My vet wants me to grind up dry dog food (a blend of sweet potato/salmon) for my golden who has an esphagus disease, now w/serious pneumonia from ingestion in his lungs (he’s on antibiotics), and he sits in a Bailey chair for feedings. His weight loss is frightening … he should be 78 or more lbs. and is now barely 60 lbs…he’s losing at 5 lbs. a week. We may lose him shortly if he doesn’t have an expedient turnaround and we want him to have food that can make it into his stomach without a lot of issues. It must be exceptionally nutritious, so supplement advice will be much appreciated. The vet wants the dry dog food ground almost into powder form mixed in w/wet food. Help!
Why not try feeding the easy raw dog food recipe? As far as the grinder goes, it is really designed to bring raw meat and small bones. I’ve never used it on kibble. You can soak kibble with an equal part water overnight in the refrigerator and it will turn into a mush.
I’d prefer to feed raw and I have a similar grinder that was purchased for making cat food. Since the bones give calcium, would I need to cut back on the eggs for the chicken recipe?
No I would keep them in the recipe.
How fine does it grind up the chicken bones? Small enough to be safe in cooked food?
I don’t recommend cooking them unless in a bone stock where they are completely dissolved. Best to feed them raw. They are ground up very small depending on the tooling you use on the grinder.
How long will frozen raw dog food remain good for feeding?
In a deep freeze, 6-12 months.
Hi Ed been trying to reach you, how much of the bone do you put in ths cooked chicken trceipt?How do I do this debone the chicken than bake the chicken, than grind the raw bone and the cooken chicken?
I want to feed raw but my husband is going for the cooked, is the cooked just as good for my babies?
Can you switch between the cooked ck and rhe cooked beef?
Can you switch between the raw and cooked
Right now I feed my dogs raw chicken leg thigh quarters with bones. I use the big meat grinder I show on the site and it grinds up the bone with no trouble. As far as the cooked recipe goes you can go 2 ways, cook the bones into a bone stock or add a calcium supplement like Fidocal to the recipe.