Kitchen Inventory Checklist

Valuable tools for prepping & storing

When starting out preparing homemade meals for your dog, it can be a bit overwhelming. I see many owners asking for recommendations of “must haves” for prepping, of which the average kitchen might be lacking! In response, I have come up with a list of my personal must-haves, as well as some things that are definitely not required, but can certainly make things easier. Please don’t feel like you have to purchase any of these- it is just a recommendation list!

  • Folding table: Allows for a separate workspace from counter and can be easily wiped down. Used folding tables in good condition can usually be found at garage sales, on Kijiji, Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, etc.
  • Good set of knives
  • Disposable gloves
  • Dedicated set of mixing bowls
  • Chest or stand-up freezer (or both): Used freezers in good condition can usually be found at garage sales, on Kijiji, Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, etc. I found mine on the side of the road for 15$. Keep an eye out!
  • Storage containers: Some people prefer glass; others prefer plastic. Bags are also an option if you lack the space for containers!
  • Knife sharpener
  • Game processing kit: Especially useful if you bring home deer carcasses, salvage roadkill, etc.
  • Mortar and pestle/pill crusher
  • Extra large cutting board: Pro tip! Wet a couple of paper towels and lay them underneath the cutting board to prevent sliding.
  • .01 Gram scale: Extremely useful and highly recommended for supplement dosing and small dog recipes
  • Gram or pound scale: Useful and recommended for weighing out daily amounts. Not good for supplements or very small weights.
  • Meat grinder that is capable of handling bones: The Weston is the commonly recommended brand. There are many cheaper options available, but they may not be able to grind bones.
  • Crockpot: Best way to make bone broth and cooking meat.
  • Mesh strainer: Good for rinsing small grains like quinoa.
  • Steamer basket: Good for steaming seafood and veggies.
  • Food processor/blender
  • Silicone moulds: Good for veggie blends, bone broth, mushroom broth, etc.
  • Oversized mixing bowl. “Oversized” not an exaggeration…please plan for non-cabinet storage of this bowl.