According to an article in USA Today, Americans spend over 60 billion dollars a year on their companion animals. That’s because pets are more than animals; they are family members. People go all out for their ‘fur babies’.
FYI: You should know right now that the expression ‘fur babies’ makes me cringe. I hate it. And before your feathers get all ruffled, I also despise the words hubby, yummy, nom nom, and walah (which isn’t even a word) to name a few. You may use those words all you want. As for me, no thanks. Freedom of expression.
As I was saying, Americans spend a big chunk of change on their pets. Over 20 billion dollars a year are spent on food alone. People are getting more and more health conscious where their pets are concerned. Special diets, purified water, you name it. Many are even going so far as to cook for their pets as opposed to serving them commercially available canned or bagged pet foods. That’s not a bad thing. If you are concerned about what you feed your family, it makes sense to be concerned about what you feed your pets.
The pressure cooker is making it even easier for pet owners to make sure their pets are getting healthy, nutritious foods with no chemical additives. Good food fast for your family translates easily to good food fast for your pets. And your pets are already wise to this. Much like Pavlov’s dogs, many pets already associate the whistle of the steam release on a pressure cooker as the sound of, “Dinner is served.”
A Google search reveals that there are recipes available for those who want to start pressure cooking for their faithful companions. Once you get a few of these down pat, you can start winging it. Create customs recipes of your own. You know what your kids do and do not like. You also know what your pets do and do not like.
Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Healthy Homemade Dog Food by The Tasting Buds.
Pressure Cooker Chicken Feet Broth for Cats & Dogs (and people too!) by This Old Gal
Homemade Dog Food by Lounge Lassies’ World
Tasty Health Restoring Bone Broth Recipe by Dog Nutrition Naturally
Give Your Dog The Best: Make It Yourself by Nenah Sylver, PhD
Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe by Skinny Ms.
Yes, this is a stew for dogs. Although Skinny doesn’t give a pressure cooker method, the recipe is easily made in a pressure cooker using the same cook time as you would for any stew.
Oddly, I couldn’t find pressure cooker recipes specifically for cat food. I have no experience feeding cats so I’m no help. But I’m confident that the cat owners out there will be able to whip up something in the pressure cooker that their cats will love. Or not. After all, cats.
Pressure cooking for pets isn’t a fad. Owners have been cooking for their furry friends (I’m ok with that expression) since forever. The pressure cooker gives you a way to provide quick, nutritious meals for all members of the family.