Monthly Preparation (takes about 1 to 2 hours)
The meat grinder we use was purchased
from the Northern Tool & Equipment website.
The direct link to the meat grinder item is
Use the coarse size cutting plate that
comes with your grinder. Grind and thoroughly mix together the meats. The way I
try to insure that I have mixed the meats together well is to divide the meat
into 6-10 groups, with an equal proportion of chicken leg quarters, beef roast
chunks, beef heart, beef liver, and chicken liver in each group. That is each
group would have the same percentage of the various meats as described in the
Meats section above. Only take one group of meat out of the refrigerator so
that it stays as cold as possible until the grinding is complete and the
completed packages can be placed in your freezer.
Grind one group of meat at a time. I’ve
found that it works best to start putting a couple pieces of chicken in the
grinder, then add the beef, heart and liver pieces, then
complete the group grinding with the remaining pieces of chicken. The pieces of
chicken that follow the beef, heart and liver helps to push
the beef, heart and liver through the grinder.
I then spoon the mixture into quart sized ZipLok bags and stack them in my freezer. Place each group
of bags into the freezer immediately, BEFORE starting the next group. You don’t
want the meat to be un-refrigerated any longer than necessary.
Repeat the process above for each group of
Sam’s Club sells fresh salmon
(without the skin). I cut the salmon into little cubes (about ¾ inch square),
place the cubes on a cookie sheet, then place the
cookie sheet in the freezer for a couple hours (until frozen). Once frozen,
take all the salmon cubes from the cookie sheet and place into one or more ZipLok bags and store in the freezer.
I do the same thing with beef cubes (the
kind you buy for beef stew).
Each cat gets a beef cube and a salmon
cube each day. The chewing action eating these cubes helps to keep their teeth clean.
I also feed canned sardines (packed in oil)
once a week. I give one sardine to each cat.
P.S. - Sometimes cooked food is good too!