Interesting. I tried the trial paks for Reilly and he loved it. Adding the meat looks easy enough and so nutritious. I too would like to know how much meat and how much preference you use to make those portions shown. Also, about what size is the "muffin",compared to say, 14/-1/2 cup food? And also any supplements needed to add? thanks.
OK, I just pulled out the box. I measured the ground chicken the first time, and found that 1 lb is about 2 1/2 cups. To that, (as directed on the package) I add 2 1/2 c HK Preference and 3 3/4c water. 2 lbs of ground chicken plus the appropriate amount of HK makes 24, half cup "muffins". (which fit in 2 gallon freezer bags)
Remember that this is "wet food", so per cup, contains more water and less "food" than kibble does. Kodi ate a scant 1/4c of kibble per meal, and eats a about a 1/2c "muffin". If I found this wasn't enough to maintain weight, I'd go to the 6 per tray "giant" muffin tins and just not fill them completely. Then you'd probably have to measure the food into the tins before freezing, (I can just heap as much in as will fit in each muffin cup, and know it's about right for him.
You WILL have to play around with the amounts until you know exactly how much they need to maintain a good weight. Kodi goes for chiro every 6 weeks (again, just maintenance because of all the strenuous work he does) so I can weigh him every time he's there, and make minor adjustments as needed. I find that he needs a little more food in the summer, when he's spending a lot of time running outdoors on hike with us. Otherwise, he can be a little robby by the end of the summer!
And as I said in another post, there is no need for any supplements for straight nutritional purposes… HK plus lean meat is a balanced diet. And all the ingredients are USA sourced and human food grade.
It's not a "cheap" way to feed a dog… I am quite sure that cooking from scratch would be less expensive. If he needed a specially designed diet for health reasons, like Tammy's Tillie, I'd probably bite the bullet and do that. But this is MUCH easier, fits our life style well, and he does great on it. On Dr. Becker's sliding scale of food quality, I think this fits somewhere between commercial freeze dried raw and home cooked… Pretty darned hit up the scale.
Oh, Also, I get HK (and my cat food) from Pet Food Direct… the cheapest source I've found. If I can figure out exactly how much I need to order how often, and put it on automatic delivery, it will be even cheaper. And if you spend over a certain amount each time, (I think it's $75?) shipping is free.