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Pumpkins from our local farm stand: $5.00 each plus 2 hours time & labor, including:
Baking in oven:
Scooping out cooked pumpkin:
Adding to our homemade meal topper:
Seeing the crew enjoying their homemade meals:
Both of the first options are viable alternatives if you want to add pumpkin to your dogs’ diet. Not everyone has time to cook fresh pumpkins! I just barely saved mine from freezing outside to get them cooked. I will buy the organic canned pumpkin if I don’t have any fresh (always buy pure pumpkin, never pumpkin pie filling), and we even wrote a review of the Pumpkin Patch Up last fall. The added bonus of getting and cooking your own pumpkins is that we got to use them as fall decorations in front of our house before cooking them!
This time I just added some of the cooked pumpkin to the dogs regular homemade mix which goes on top of their kibble (this meal was turkey, brown rice, cottage cheese, steamed broccoli, and we top it all with a big fat sardine before serving!). The rest of the pumpkin I will puree in my food processor and then separate into one cup servings which I’ll freeze. Then we can thaw it to add to their food, or make some special treats with it later.
There’s just nothing like knowing your dogs are getting truly fresh food. The only thing that could make it better? Next year I hope to be picking pumpkins from our own garden!