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Quarterly Raw Food Order – December 2015


It’s that time again! Here’s the breakdown of our raw order for December.

Currently on hand, I have 2x 2kg chubs of ground mixes (what exactly they are, I don’t know, since I tend to scramble the chubs in the freezer so that every time I pull one out, it’s something different), a 2kg bag of chicken quarters, and 12 tuppers of fresh fish that I tossed in the freezer.

I also have a pack of 4 trachea in there.

All told, that’s about 22 days worth of food, but because I don’t want my dog to eat fish every day, it was time to place an order.

This quarter’s order consisted of:

  • 2 cases of chicken/beef/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) total – 28,58€ ($30.21)
  • 2 cases of lamb/chicken/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) total – 30,30€ ($32.03)
  • 1 case of salmon/beef/veg blend – 6kg (13.25 lbs) total – 16,86€ ($17.82)
  • 1 case of turkey blend – 6kg (13.25 lbs) total – 19,62€ ($20.74)
  • 1 case of 100% ground whole chicken – 6kg (13.25 lbs) total – 12,75€ ($13.48)
  • 1 case of puppy mix – 6kg (13.25 lbs) total – 20.49€ ($21.66)
  • 1 case of Yum large RMB – 9 bones total – 15,39€ ($16.27)

What’s in the mix?

Turkey blend:
Turkey 60%, Lamb Tripe 20%, Zucchini 9.5%, Apple 9.499%, Garlic 0.001%, EVOO 1%

Puppy Mix:
Chicken 40%, Green Tripe 20%, Beef 15%, Salmon 5%, Chard 5%, Carrots 5%, Sardine 3.999%, Turnip 3%, Eggshell 1%, Spirulina 1%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

Lamb blend:
Chicken 60%, Lamb 19%, Carrot 9.999%, Chard 5%, Turnip 5%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

Chicken-Beef blend:
Chicken 60%, Beef 19%, Carrot 9.999%, Chard 5%, Turnip 5%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

Salmon blend:
Salmon 20%, Beef 59%, carrot 8.999%, Chard 5%, Turnip 5%, Eggshells 1%, Salmon oil 1%, Garlic 0.001%

With tax (10%), my order came to 158,39€ ($167.45) and combined with everything I have on hand, will feed Journey for 100 days. That works out to a total cost of about 47,50€ ($50.21) per month, or 1,58€ ($1.67) per day.

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Quarterly Raw Food Order – March 2015



It’s time for me to change the format of our raw food order posts, because it’s no longer monthly or bimonthly and I need to accept that now, as hard as it is. From here out, until I have a second dog, it will be the Quarterly order.

Currently on hand, I have 5x 2kg chubs of assorted ground mixes (mostly because when my order comes in, I scramble the chubs and draw them out of the freezer at random so that I can ensure the most variety), 5 chicken leg quarters, and 1 pre-thawed meal (for today) in the fridge. All told, I have roughly 2.5 weeks worth of food on hand.

This quarter I am trying out a new provider, that has different blends from our usual source, and different case formats as well.

Order for this quarter consists of:

  • 1 case of chicken/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) – 33.50€ ($37.64/case)
  • 1 case of beef/chicken/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) – 36.50€ ($41/case)
  • 1 case of lamb/chicken/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) – 37.50€ ($42.13/case)
  • 1 small case of chunky beef/lamb/veg blend – 5kg (11 lbs) – 17.10€ ($19.21/case)
  • 1 bag of 5 whole beef trachea – 5.50€ ($6.18/bag)

All of the above came as a “value pack” and had a 5% discount applied, bringing the price from 131€ ($147.18) to 124.45€ ($139.89).

In addition to the above, I also ordered:

  • 1 small case of duck/fruit/trachea blend – 6kg (13.25 lbs) – 21.90€ ($24.61/case)
  • 7 bags of whole beef trachea (5 trachea per bag, total 35) – 33€ ($37)

I’m a little excited about this order, because Journey hasn’t had duck before. That’s why I only ordered a small case, in case he doesn’t like it or it doesn’t sit well with him. He should also enjoy the trachea, which are a fantastic source of glucosamine and chondroitin, and help scale teeth as well.

To this, I will be adding our regular standing order of free raw meaty bones, usually chicken carcasses, from our butcher, as well as fresh fish.

What’s in the mix?

70% chicken, 29% apples, turnips, carrots and alfalfa, 1% EVOO

50% chicken, 30% beef, 19% apples, turnips, carrots and alfalfa, 1% EVOO

60% lamb (heart, lung and trimmings), 20% chicken, 19% turnips, carrots and alfalfa, 1% EVOO

Chunky Beef/Lamb/veg: 
44% lamb (heart, lung and trimmings), 44% beef, 11% turnips, carrots and parsley, 1% EVOO

85% duck, 10% pineapple, 3% apple, 2% beef trachea

So that’s a grand total of 47kg (103.6 lbs) of meat mixes, all with bone and organ, so I don’t need to add anything there apart from the above mentioned carcasses and fish, plus 50 beef trachea which can be used as a small meal, or as a snack.

This order, plus what I have on hand, will end up lasting us around 4 months this time.

This supplier offers a 10% discount for all orders over 140€, so that plus the 5% on the value pack gives me a total savings of 24.49€. With shipping (6€), my grand total came to 167.51€ ($188.21). Spread over 4 months, that works out to a total cost per month: 41.88€ ($47.05). Cost per day: 1.40€ ($1.57)

Just for comparison’s sake, a 25-30 lb bag of super premium kibble costs 60-70€ ($67-78) and lasts Journey for one month. So I’m not only paying much less for his raw diet, I’m saving 20-30€ ($22-33) per month!

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Monthly Raw Food Order – December 2014

It’s time to place another order for my raw ground mixes. This time it was hard, because I’m only ordering for one dog instead of two.

On hand, I have 6 kgs of ground mixes (I believe there is a 2kg chub of 100% whole chicken, 2kg of lamb blend and 2kg of beef blend but since I tend to scramble up the chubs in the freezer to make for easy, no thinking required variety, I am not entirely sure what they are). Those will last 9 days for Journey alone.

Order for this month consists of:

  • 3 cases of 100% whole ground chicken (with bone and organ) – 18 kg (39.7 lbs) – 40.14€ (13.38€/case)
  • 2 cases of turkey blend (more details on what’s in that below) – 12 kg (26.5 lbs) – 40.50€ (20.25€/case)
  • 2 cases of puppy mix (more details on what’s in that below) – 12 kg (26.5 lbs) – 42.20€ (21.10€/case)
  • 1 case of lamb blend (more details on what’s in that below) – 6 kg (13.25 lbs) – 15.78€ (15.78€/case)

That’s a total of 48 kgs (106 lbs) of meat mixes, all with organ and bone, so I don’t need to buy organ meat, but I do add raw meaty bones because Journey does better with a bit more bone. I’ll be picking up some free lamb ribs, necks, chicken carcasses and other odds and ends in the free bones department from our local butcher. Next month in January I will also pick up some fresh fish.

Now for what is in those blends.

Turkey blend:
Turkey 60%, Lamb Tripe 20%, Zucchini 9.5%, Apple 9.499%, Garlic 0.001%, EVOO 1%

Puppy Mix:
Chicken 40%, Green Tripe 20%, Beef 15%, Salmon 5%, Chard 5%, Carrots 5%, Sardine 3.999%, Turnip 3%, Eggshell 1%, Spirulina 1%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

Lamb blend:
Chicken 60%, Lamb 19%, Carrot 9.999%, Chard 5%, Turnip 5%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

With tax (10%), my order came to 152.48€ (or $190). Spread over 3.5 months (in winter Journey eats a bit more than usual) and allowing for free RMBs, that works out to a total cost per month for this order: 43.56€ ($54.23). Cost per day: 1.45€ ($1.80)