How to Make Dr. Becker’s Doggy Vitamin Mix in 6 Easy Steps
Inspired by Food Guru Karen, I decided to give this a go today. Thanks, Karen for the tips and the supply list! I put all her links, with prices and serving sizes, in this dog supplement recipe spreadsheet that you can download. Because y’all know how I love making spreadsheets about dog stuff.
The recipe I used (Recipe A) yielded 1 and 1/3 cups of mix, enough to supplement over 150 lbs of food. It costs 9 cents to supplement 1 pound of food, or 18 cents per meal for Batman. It took me an hour because I stopped to take photos at every step, and also to explain to Eric why this was important for me to do on a Friday night. (Me: “I can’t go out, I have to make vitamin mix for Batman, and then post it on the blog.” Eric: “Oh, OK. Is this something most people do, hon?”)
Now that I have the hang of it, I think I could make it in 20-30 minutes next time. Anyway, enough of my yammering. Let’s make some mix!
Step 1) Get vitamins. Here are the 6 ingredients I ordered from Lucky Vitamin. I forgot the salt in this picture, so there are really 7 ingredients.
Step 2) Count the vitamins. I put all of them in separate little bowls because I like to pretend that I have my own cooking show. A cooking show for a very specific audience of dog people.
Step 3) Grind! Resist the urge to dump all the capsules in at once — limit it to 3 Tbs at a time or it won’t grind well. It only takes 10-15 seconds per round for the capsules because you just need to split open the shells to release the powder. Make sure to UNPLUG the grinder between rounds. I would’ve had some disaster photos to share if I hadn’t done this!
Step 4) Sift. I strained everything into a sieve over a bowl because my strainer was too big. The sieve works well, but you have to sift carefully, or else you get covered in a cloud of vitamin dust.
Step 5: Mix and pour. OK, technically that’s two steps, but it’s getting late over here! I mixed very carefully with a fork to avoid creating vitamin clouds, and used a funnel to pour.
Step 6) Bottle it up, and you’re ready to serve! Following Karen’s advice, I stored about 2/3 of the mix in an airtight jar, and the rest in a smaller spice jar to scoop from daily. Batman will need a scant 1/2 teaspoon per 2-cup meal.