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5 Easy Steps On How To Make High Protein Deer Feed

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Easy Steps On How To Make High Protein Deer Feed

Building your own high quality deer food isn’t as hard as one might think (or hope). In fact, building your own deer food will allow you to control everything about its composition and nutritional value. This means having enough room for ingredients, knowing exactly which foods work best together, and making sure each batch is safe for consumption by your little friend. Here’s how to make your very own high protein deer food.

What You’ll Need

You won’t need much to begin creating your own deer food. All you really need is a bit of space, a few small pots, and a way to keep track of things along the way. If you’ve got these three items at home then you’re already halfway there!

A large pot or pan with lid. The biggest thing here is size because you want plenty of room in the bottom so that your mix doesn’t compact too quickly. A 1 gallon container should fit the bill perfectly.

Small containers such as jars, tupperware bowls, or plastic bins that can hold roughly 6 ounces worth of product per container.

Measuring spoons, measuring cups, and kitchen scales. Yes, please. These tools will help ensure consistency between batches, prevent over/under cooking, and help you avoid wasting precious ingredients.

Something to label and write notes on. You could always use those scraps of paper that come off pizza boxes but why stop there? We recommend using old poster board, parchment paper, or other materials that are sturdy yet disposable. Just remember to recycle once you’re done!

Having said all that, let’s move onto the real stuff…the recipes.

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Making Your Homemade Deer Feed

I know what you’re thinking “but I’m no chef!” Don’t worry…that’s kind of the point. Making your own deer food is simple, quick, and cheap and requires just five basic steps. Once you’ve made a couple batches you’ll see how easy it is. So without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Step One: Picking out your base ingredient(s)

Step One Picking out your base ingredient

There are lots of great options out there for wild game feeds. Some popular choices include alfalfa sprouts, field peas, oats, millet, buckwheat, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ.

All of these foods contain essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, niacin, folate, vitamin B12, thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, copper, manganese, selenium, iodine, and chlorine. They are also rich in antioxidants including polyphenols, phytosterols, saponins, alkaloids, glucosides, flavones, amino acid derivatives, and organic compounds.

However, none of these foods compare to the nutritional benefits that animal products offer. For example, compared to ground beef, fish has double the amount of omega 3 fats, triple the amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and nearly twice the iron content. When choosing your base ingredient(s), try to look for local sources whenever possible. Additionally, select whole foods rather than milled flours, grains, beans, etc.

Step Two: Mixing & Cooking

Step Two Mixing & Cooking

Once you’ve chosen a base (and hopefully tasty!) raw material, you must combine it with another ingredient. Let’s say you decided to go with millet. After selecting your grain, rinse it thoroughly under running water until all debris is removed. Then soak it overnight in a bowl filled with cool water. Next, drain the soaking liquid through a fine mesh strainer before rinsing again. Now grind up two parts soaked millet with one part hot filtered water and put it aside.

Next, grab a handful of dried pulses such as lentils, split yellow peas, kidney beans, black eyed peas, chickpeas, or fava beans. Pour them into a blender or coffee grinder adding a pinch of salt and blending until smooth. Transfer mixture back into a clean glass jar and stir in a tablespoon or two of oil. Seal tightly and shake gently to distribute well. Set aside.

Now add 2 tablespoons of cornmeal to your dry ingredients. Heat 1 cup of stock, broth, or milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add in your pulsed mixture, cover, and cook undisturbed for 20 minutes. Stir every 5 mins. Remove lid and continue cooking covered for another 10-15 min. stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Place desired quantities into labeled containers and store in a pantry or fridge. Remember to note any changes in seasonings, texture, and color after consuming.

Step Three: Adding Flavor

Step Three Adding Flavor

When trying to create a nutritious snack for yourself, wouldn’t you prefer something that tastes good? Of course you would. Luckily, getting the flavor you crave is pretty easy. There are tons of ways to enhance virtually anything and everyone enjoys different flavors.

As mentioned earlier, many common spices are known to aid in digestion as well. However, herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and oils can also boost taste. It’s important to choose natural substances rather than synthetic additives.

Also, remember to stay away from processed meats since they lack the nutrients found in organically raised animals. Finally, eat slowly and mindfully to appreciate the experience. Chew your food completely before swallowing.

Step Four: Storing Leftovers

Step Four Storing Leftovers

It goes without saying that storing leftover food properly is crucial in preventing bacteria growth. Unfortunately, most people tend to throw leftovers straight in the trash. While this is certainly better than eating moldy bread, throwing unused food in the garbage prematurely prevents us from enjoying future meals.

To prolong shelf life and preserve food’s original integrity, place solidified dishwater directly into the freezer. Not only does this method slow down bacterial production, but it also allows for longer storage times. Otherwise, pop open your refrigerator and check inside regularly. Any signs of spoilage should be treated immediately.

Step Five: Cooking Time

Step Five Cooking Time

Lastly, never reheat cooked food beyond 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73 degrees Celsius). Even though microwaving and heating food in general is considered less harmful than traditional methods, cooking above recommended temperatures increases levels of heterocyclic amines and nitrosamines.

Therefore, stick to boiling or steaming instead of frying, broiling, barbecuing, roasting, baking, sautéing, poaching, or boiling.

With a little practice, anyone can easily whip up high protein deer food. Whether you decide to share your creation with family members, donate it to charity, sell it online, or simply consume it yourself, starting your own DIY deer food business takes surprisingly little effort. Happy hunting!

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