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Wilbur
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« on: October 10, 2007, 08:56:49 AM »

I posted the thread on Microwaving..It got mixed reviews, and I don't want to chance anything when it comes to my pet buddy..
Some mentioned that they "Steam" veggies and meat for their pets..

The Walmart Web site has an 8 cup Steamer for $30.  I will pick one up at the local store this weekend...
I can probably figure out how to steam veggies and brown rice, but how do you steam meat?Huh

Here is a link to the Steamer......
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5871077

Thanks
Ken and Wilbur
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kaffe
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 10:06:42 AM »

That steamer looks like a rice cooker.  These things usually come with a "tray" with steaming holes and you steam foods on it by putting some water in the cooker an placing the steaming tray on top so tat when the water boils, the steam goes up through the holes in the steamer. You put watrever food you want steamed on the tray and cover with the cooker lid.  BUT this is NOT how one cooks rice.  To "stam" rice, first you portion the amount of rice you want cooked.  If you want to cook 1 cup, then pour one cup of rice in the cooker pot.  Then pour water, covering all of the rice up to 1-1/2 inch.  Then just set the cooker "on."  It will set itself to "warm" automatically when the rice is done. 

I lightly steam the meats I feed my kitties when I am not too sure of their freshness.  I feed raw, so I steam the meats for no more than 3 minutes tops.  But if you would rather feed your dog a cooked meal, then I suggest that you steam your meat first - depending on how large the cut is, this may take 10 to 20 mins to cook through.  Just when the meat is about done, chuck in your veggies for steam-cooking (you don't want to over-cook - you'll want the veggies slightly crisp).  When all that's cooked, set aside and then cook the rice.  When your rice is cooked, you can then stir or mix in your meat chunks and veggies. 

BTW, congrats with your decision to home-cook for your dog.  Just PLEASE bear in mind that your dog needs a calcium source.  Feeding all meat, veggies and grains without meaty bones is an unbalanced diet.  Hope you have a book like Pitcairn's to follow and give you tips on balancing your recipes!  At any rate, I think your doggie will absolutely luv your food and be all that much healthy for it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 12:16:49 PM »

Wilbur-Kaffe's right about the calcium. If you don't have a book,send me a pm with the dogs or cats age & weight & I will look up amounts for you.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 12:29:38 PM »

Lesliek:
Thanks for the help...I printed a chart off the internet that has the amounts of Calcium and phosphorus in meats..I purchased a bottle of calcium citrate powder and add this to keep the calcium/phosphorus ratio to 1.1 to 1.0.

I also found a better steamer thanks to the advice from kaffe..

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=6023593..


I'm homecooking 9 meals a week and rotating kibble, Orijen, TWO Ocean Blue, and Wellness Core, 5 meals a week (weekday mornings)  so 65% of Wilbur's meals are homecooked.. I add Green beans, apples (no seeds), brown rice, to hard boiled eggs, broiled hamburger, chicken breast, canned salmon (sockeye) and will try ground turkey...

I love my buddy and I want him to live forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for caring...
Ken and Wilbur   
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kaffe
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 03:26:16 PM »

Yes, Ken... we all care about one another's companion animals and like you, we want them all to live forever!!!! Cheesy  BTW, what breed is Buddy?  Want to post a pic of him in the "Den" folder?  And, oh yes - when you get the "knack" of home-cooking for Buddy, don't forget to share his favorite recipes with us in the Home Cook and Remedies folder.  Someone started a thread on what "strange concoction have you made for your DOG"?  Sandpaper licks from my two cats to your Buddy  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2007, 04:44:17 PM »

Wilbur- Save the shells from your hard boiled eggs. Cooked ground eggshells are a great source of calcium. You could rotate adding it & the calcium you purchased. Just keep it in the freezer til you need it. I agree with you on the results of home cooked/& or raw. Definitely worth it.I know we are all eating better here than we used to. I think long & hard before buying any prepared foods.A lot more careful how I cook the food too. Hopefully we will all see some health benefits to counteract all the stress we've had with the food recalls this year.
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2007, 08:01:59 PM »

Just curious if those wallyworld steamers are made in america? Thought people were not shopping at wallyworld due to the fiasco with the chicken strips, lead loaded baby bibs, fungus in the diapers (if they were ever sold here), lead loaded kids jewelry, lead painted toys, etc?
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2007, 08:34:57 PM »

Did you miss the memo  Shocked....don't shop WalMart.  If you have any other option, please spend your dollars elsewhere.
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Wilbur
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007, 06:00:49 AM »

I definitely agree....I will try Target ot Bed Bath  and Beyond....
Thanks for the reminder about Walmart!!!!!!
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JanC
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2007, 06:30:10 AM »

Wilbur:  Thanks for that link.  I may start looking around.  Instead of using a bunch of pots & pans, I could do everything (including rice) at one time.  I always cook her meat, two or three different veggies & her rice......sometimes I get smart & put the veggies in with the meat & then use the stock to make the rice......still use a few pans & have to spend time doing all this.  Looks like the steamer is a fill, set & remove when it's done.

I think you may have hit upon a brilliant idea......thanks...... Grin
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2007, 07:08:30 AM »

Another option, which we hear so little about, is called pressure cooking.  When I was a kid, this was how my mother cooked the giblets and hearts for our dog.  Back then, pressure cooking was considered to be a great way to cook and tenderize often-tough cuts of meat for people too. (She cooked a lot of our dinners like this also.)  It was billed as a healthy way to cook meals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_cooker

If any of you are into canning, the pressure cooker is used in some home canning too, so you might be familiar with it from there.

http://www.pressurecooker-outlet.com/prestocooker.htm

A look at some modern pressure cookers.

http://missvickie.com/

How-tos and some people food recipes.
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2007, 01:41:39 PM »

Yeah Wilbur---so glad you changed where you will buy the steamer!!!  We can make a difference!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2007, 01:42:50 PM »

Menusux:  Good idea.  Geez, my mother always used a pressure cooker.  I've never owned one but should look into it.  I've been cooking meat, veggies together & then use stock for brown rice......I could probably use my crock pot for that too but I just put them in a saucepan for now.  Steamer or pressure cooker may just be my next thing.  Also appears you retain more nutrients in both of those as opposed to boiling in water like I do now.

Thanks everyone for all your ideas.  Hannah says "woof".....that's thank you in doggie speak. Grin
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