Introducing “Pasta's ” Super Chow Rat Wet Food recipe. Pasta belongs to Brandi de Picciotto from Green Ratties' Library who submitted this recipe to be posted.
This is one (of many) versions I will be posting of how to make rat wet food! All food is made without preservatives, so freezing is necessary. I made way too much this time, so the following recipe will be perfect for those of you who have a large mischief! If you only have 2 or 3 ratties, then I would cut all the ingredients in half. The following recipe fills the container beneath the ice cube tray with surplus!
The ice cube tray is convenient, as when you are ready to feed, you just grab a cube or two and let it defrost!
Without further ado, the ingredients (and then make sure you read below that for prep instructions)!
The Super Chow Rat Wet Food Recipe:
- 1 potato
- 1/4 cup carrots
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups leafy green mix, I use spinach, kale, and swiss chard all mixed together -- NOTE: I don't know how common it is in rats compared to dogs getting crystals and stones, however, if you have a rat with known oxalate issues, either use less or substitute for another veggie
- 1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast (if you have rats that are older, or you do not feed them meat at all, please omit, it will not hinder the recipe in any way, it will just have less protein)
- 1 teaspoon chopped onion, causes hemolytic anemia in dogs, however, to my understanding, onions are not going to do any harm to rats. They may cause gas or upset stomach if raw, albeit, this food is being cooked. Feel free to omit if you are uncomfortable using
- 1 cup white or brown rice
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup red lentils
- 1/4 cup butternut squash
- 1 cup mixed veggies, I use green beans, peas, and fresh sweet corn, feel free to omit corn if you are uncomfortable. It is the dried corn that is of concern, to my research and understanding, not fresh, however, please correct me if I am misinformed
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 4 cups filtered water
- AFTER YOU COOK THE ABOVE:
- 1/4 cup organic, cold pressed coconut oil
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (ground)
- 1 teaspoon bilberry extract
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon organic ground golden flaxseed (or whole)
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried kelp
- Add potato, carrots, garlic ,leafy green mix, chicken, onion, rice, quinoa, lentils, squash, mixed veggies, blueberries and water in a crockpot on high for 6-8 hours or until chicken is cooked through. ****IF you are NOT using chicken, 4-5 hours on high in the crockpot should do perfectly.
- Let the mixture cool for 30-45 minutes.
- Next, add the coconut oil, tumeric, bilberry extract, vinegar, flaxseed, kelp, and mix really good.
- Blend until everything is pureed.
Notes from Brandi:
Please remember that this is a recipe that is quite high in protein (I don't have exact measurements) due to the chicken and lentils. I have a 1-month-old and an (almost) 2-month-old, so they are growing rapidly and do well with this. Besides love and meds when needed, I swear this is what has helped Pasta grow as strong as she has.
I would enthusiastically recommend Pasta's Super Chow for any growing rat, any rat that is ill, or any rat that needs extra nutrition. Pasta's Super Chow, I'm sure, could be given to any rat safely in moderation.
If you have ANY questions at all, or need help finding certain ingredients, please don't hesitate to ask me. I've learned so much from my two girls and all the research I do on a daily basis, and I intend to continue to do so. In Pasta's case, as in so many, there is much to be said about whole foods. Let food by thy medicine.
Pasta has been a joy since she came home at a tender 2 and 1/2 weeks old. She was severely ill and the runt of her litter. With love, wholesome, homemade nutrition, and various conventional medication initially, she is a healthy, strong girl today! ~Brandi
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