This recipe is an extremely beloved grind at Turning Leaf. Mason literally dances for his meal when he sees/smells a DIY grind in fermented beet juice. This one is inspired by a fellow raw feeder and the co-owner of Real Pet Food, Ruby Alexis Balaram!
DIY the Grinds Yourself- Literally
The back-story to how this recipe came to be is sad and a bit long so the brief version is: I purchased a freezer clean out from a feeder in my town that had about 30 lbs of grinds among the items. These grinds were AWESOME and they were made by Ruby. My dog literally drooled and whined when he knew one was coming at meal time. The grinds were complete and they were balanced too because Ruby had added ingredients to the mix that made them so.
I like to feed DIY with each ratio being its own item. However, I do feed premium grinds that I buy through our co-opSoCal Raw Fed Dogs 5-8 meals a month. I feed grinds when I’m in a hurry, haven’t thawed something in a timely manner, or it’s what I grab because it was first on the shelf. Sometimes I feed a grind if my dog seems like he’s gotten into something or has eaten too much organ and I need to get a little more bone into him. The grinds I prefer to feed have a good bone % to them. Anyway, the complete + balanced awesomeness of Ruby’s grinds had spoiled me so when the stack of meals started to dwindle, I called her to see if I could buy some more from her. In BULK! She said, “No, I’m sorry Amy, those were a one-time thing but you can easily do them yourself!” My heart was dismayed but then we started talking about grinders and I invited her to join my Facebook community for Southern California raw feeders. When we got off the phone I got online to find a grinder and check my freezer inventory. Because Ruby said I was going to have to DIY my grinds myself, literally.
DIY Grinds in Fermented Beet Juice
I like to ferment veggies. It’s easy and it’s good for dogs and humans both. It’s cheaper than buying them packaged pretty and marked up in the organic health food stores. Fermented veggies are beneficial for dogs in many ways. I talk about the benefits of fermented beet juice for dogs here.
I decided if I was going to DIY these grinds then I was going to REALLY DO IT. So that meant it was time for me to break into the fermented beets I had just finished and use the beet juice for dogs, some of the organic kale I had in the fridge, my trusty chia powder, and the salmon that had waited to get used. I made three weeks worth of meals and each one was danced for and gobbled up!