Power Paste Recipes
As many of you know, in the current climate, with costs rising, raw is getting pricier. This article provides a variety of solutions to get around this.
With raw there is a LOT of variation, from what is included and how much of it actually goes in, to the quality of that ingredient means it’s very hard to pin down a figure that you can use to compare to stuff you make at home.
For example, for “what is included” – let’s say you’re including chicken. Assuming few of us are using breast meat, are you using awesome chicken thighs in your dog or necks and carcass?
If we’re honest, we sort of know, quality-wise, they’re in that order – chicken thighs are top quality cuts for dogs, lovely and meaty, bit of fat, bit cartilage, bit of bone (around 30%). Chicken necks are the backbone (pardon the pun) of the raw industry, still great, but as humans eat so little of them, they’re cheaper, though they do have less meat and more bone (around 50%), so mixes made on them will have more bone.
Carcass on the other hand, has no meat on it, it’s just skin and bone (which is it by definition). We can use it, but in limited quantity only.
The truth is, if we’re honest, the very cheap raw dog foods lean on it quite heavily on this ingredient, certainly when talking duck or turkey, hence your dog can poo bullets on these mixes if they are not “meatied up” with other more ingredients. The reason being, carcass (at around 20p per kilo when bought by the tonne from the mega farms), is 5-6 times cheaper than chicken thighs. And, as chickens are so young when they’re killed, their bones are softer so manufacturers get away with including more in their products (despite the claim on the label).
Then there’s the quality of that ingredient. Intensively reared birds are fed grain, they are higher in omega 6 (not good) and more stressed (not measured). Organic chicken can still come from such farms but are fed organic grain instead of…the normal glyphosate variety! Ideally we’d all be eating outdoor, fed naturally. It’s the most nutritious, surely, but it’s 3 times the price.
VERY fancy raw dog foods, we assume, include more meatier cuts. If you can afford them, they offer your dog more actual meat and that has to be a good thing for your little carnivore. But then there will be no doubt some some premium-priced brands out there that spend well on advertising but are actually no much better than many brands half its price (they say you can’t polish a turd…but you can roll it in glitter!).
And that’s the raw dog food industry in a nutshell – a fine balance of cost (meat content) with product quality (constipation).
For very cheap lamb and beef for pets, the tendency here is to lean on less desirable bits like lung and trachea (again, fine as a very minor ingredient…). The average punter won’t notice, but I do. It looks very pink and frothy and I hear dogs aren’t crazy for it. And then, is this actually meat?!
You guys all know this, but it puts you in a conundrum – how do I bloody know what’s inside the pack?! They can use any pictures they want. Nobody is checking let alone CAN check how much of this or that was used in the mix. My dog seems fine. On and on.
With all this in mind, many would like to DIY so they know what goes in, but it’s hassle, particularly trying to find organ meats, preparing the veg, having all the cool additions / supplements to hand. Power Paste takes the hassle out of all that. Simply source chicken meat and bone in the surpermarkets or butcher or even online from raw dog food suppliers, maybe some beef beef bits, and presto, you’re done.
[I usually use large clip close lunchboxes as they’re handy to accumulate the leftovers in each day. I know Duds goes through one of these full every 3 days. I would stick 4-6 chicken thighs in each, a few spoons of beef mince and Power Paste and I’m done. Meal prep for 2 wks now takes me 10mins! In this picture I’m actually using takeaway containers, which means a day’s food in each (I was trying to make it easier for my house sitter!!].
4 Sample Recipes Using Power Paste...
Below are 4 recipes off the top of my head, each using Power Paste. The ingredients I have priced as follows:
🥩 Chicken thighs €3.40/kg (Tesco)
🥩 Turkey, whole, €4.50/kg (Tesco)
🥩 Beef mince, 10% fat, €7.40/kg (Tesco)
🥩 Beef tripe supplier €2.50/kg
🥩 Economy beef tripe/heart mix (with 10% bone) €3.95/kg
🥩 Power Paste €7.20/400g
1. CHICKEN & BEEF €7.50/kg
This is a simple recipe that anyone can make from the shops. It contains the right amount of meat, bone and the right proportion of Power Paste. All in all, it’s surely the best quality meal your dog could be eating and, dare I say, no other producer could get close to it meat and certainly not considering the power additions that you no longer need to buy or prepare.
2. TURKEY TASTIC €7.35/kg
Some folk want to avoid chicken. For this recipe you buy a whole 3kg frozen turkey from the supermarket. Allow to part defrost in the fridge and then hack it up with a big knife! This increases the hassle factor for you but know you can swop a whole turkey for just turkey necks (and ideally some turkey hearts as necks alone may be a bit boney) bought online (working out around the same price delivered). You might find your (larger) dog doesn’t need the beef mince added, that a whole turkey (20% bone) is OK for him. If so, you’ve saved some pennies as a whole turkey is very meaty.
3. BEST BEEF SUPPER €6.29/kg
For this, I have moved to shopping from pet shops and raw dog food suppliers. Beef mince is the most expensive way to buy meat muscle as we eat it. Best you go looking for suppliers that do beef heart/tripe mixes. I found one here (Raithlin Raw) that includes 10% bone too. So all you need is Power Paste to make this diet into the rolls royce of beef suppers for your dog. I don’t know any other raw dog food supplier putting something like this out (power additions considered) and now you’re only paying €6.29/kg for it.
Note: If you can find a company putting out beef tripe and heart mixes with a little liver / kidney in there, great, then you could just use 1 tray of Power Paste and save yourself some pennies.
4. RAW ON A BUDGET €4.69/kg
I wanted to throw a cheaper option out there. For this I went to the “economy” raw dog food companies, the cheap and cheerfuls (as long as you’re not straining to poo on them). Everyone wants to be feeding Honeys but few can afford it. YOu can buy any “meat” and bone mix from these guys, including turkey / lamb / duck, often cut with cheap parts of chicken and beef, for around £3/€3.50kg. These mixes need to be improved. When we run these mixes through formulators (not actually tested, in fairness) they don’t hit key figures. Adding Power Paste should do that for you. I only included one tray here to keep the prices down but also often some of these mixes will include a little liver or kidney or the likes…but not a whole lot, as organ meat is far more expensive than the stuff most of them are grinding up.
From this point, you can and should be adding your leftovers (easily 20% of Dudley’s diet is stuff we don’t eat, that comes off the totals above) and, while lots don’t want to hear it, if money is getting extremely tight and you’re consider a jump back to HIGH CARB dry food, then better you add 33% of your own, far more appropriate carbs to the above mixes, saving yourself a fortune and still keeping your dog on a very good diet.