Microwave cooking is a great way to completely ruin home made dog food and promote cancer in dogs. For dog health and yours as well, please be aware of these microwave dangers.
I knew microwaves kill nutrients and enzymes in food and haven't owned one in quite a while. It also never occurred to me to write about it because who the heck would use one for their dog's food?
Surprise, surprise. I ran across a post at a forum I was visiting where one of the members gave complete instructions on microwave cooking home made dog food.
I was so upset over the ensuing conversation that I clicked away. I woke up the next morning wishing I'd said something.
Here was a group of people who wanted the best for their dogs and felt they were doing the right thing. In fact, they were sure of it. Whenever someone has a hard core belief, they're not open to believe differently. Are you like that?
I hope not. Here are high points from just three studies done long ago which still stand:
I used to own a microwave so every else could use it for popping corn or reheating food. My family thought I was crazy because whenever they used it, my head hurt unless I was in another room.
Crazy or not, I swear I'd feel my brain pulsating. Maybe because I'm shorter than everyone else I get a direct hit. Who knows. At least they were gracious enough to tell me when they were going to use it so I could leave the vicinity.
I ended up "accidentally" leaving it behind when we moved and I was glad I did.
Set your container of cold food in a sink filled with hot water. That's my five big dog method. Of course you can use a pan of hot water if you have a small amount.
If you're in a hurry, instead of microwave cooking, heat it up in a saucepan on the stove. You may have to add a little water but if you turn it on high and stir the entire time it will heat up very quickly.
For humans who are late for dinner, put a saucepan lid over the food while it is on a plate. Put the plate of food on a simmering saucepan of water. It will stay warm without drying up.
And remember that our dogs don't care what temperature their food is as long as they get to eat.
My best advice of all is to feed your dog raw so he gets all the nutrition from that food and it's much less work for you. For ideas, check out my raw dog food recipes page.