Champion Cat Turkey Kibble
Makes 10 to 20 servings
Here's a classic kibble that any cat will love. I like to use 18 x 13 inch cookie sheets, usually available at cooking supply stores, so that I can fit more into the oven at one time. You may need to make your kibble in batches, especially if you use smaller cookie sheets.
If so, transfer the first batch to a shallow baking pan, let your cookie sheets cool, and then bake the second batch. When all the kibble has been baked, put it all back into the oven, now turned off, to let it dry out. You can freeze it for up to 3 months or refrigerate it for up to a week in an airtight container.
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups rye flour
1 cup plain wheat germ
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup nonfat dry milk
3 tablespoons parsley flakes
1/2 cup brewer's yeast
2 pounds cooked turkey
1 cup water
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cod liver oil
1 cup dried fish flakes
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray two large cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, wheat germ, cornmeal, dry milk, parsley, flakesand brewer's yeast.
3. In a blender or food processor, blend the turkey, water, and oils until smooth.
4. Add the turkey
mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. If the dough is too tough,
add water as
needed to make the dough firm and smooth.
5. Use your hands and
a big flat spatula to flatten the dough out on the cookie sheets to a thickness
of 1/4 to
1/2 inch. If you want to roll out the dough, feel free to do so, but I find it easier to use my hands. Then score it
into small pieces with a knife. You can make your kibble any shape you wantóbe creative!
6. Sprinkle with fish
flakes and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the kibble is golden brown and not
you break a piece open. During the baking process, take a wooden spoon or spatula and move the kibble
around on the cookie sheet so that it bakes evenly.
7 . Turn off the oven,
keeping the door closed. Let the kibble dry out in the off oven for at least 4
to 6 hours or
overnight. The longer you allow your kibble to sit in the oven, the drier and more flavorful it will become, and
the longer it can be stored.
8. Remove the kibble
from the oven. It will still be slightly warm and moist. Let it sit on cooling
racks for another
hour or two until it is completely dry and cool.
Variation: Substitute fish, beef, chicken, or lamb for the turkey. Simply boil the meat until cooked through, drain it well, puree it, and then add it to your kibble.
All About Fish Flakes
The Japanese word for prepared, dried, and smoked tuna fish flakes is
katsuobushi. It is often one of the main ingredients in soups, sauces, and
stews. It is typically found in bags of small pink-brown shavings that look
somewhat like cedar shavings. Fish flakes are also used as a flavoring and
topping for many Japanese dishes. When added as a topping to a hot dish, the
flakes appear to be dancing. In Japan, they call them dancing fish flakes. You
can purchase fish flakes at an Asian market, a specialty cooking store, online,
and at many large supermarkets. Look in the foreign foods aisle.