When beginning raw feeding there are a few tools necessary to get started. There are other optional tools which provides convenience and ease to the raw feeding lifestyle. If you are new to raw feeding, below is a list of items to get you started on your raw feeding journey.
Raw Feeding Necessities
The first thing needed is a scale. A new raw feeder should use a scale when learning how to feed raw to learn weights of the items being fed. It is quite easy to overfeed any pet so it is important to use a scale when learning. Digital scales are not expensive and are worth the small investment.
A knife is very useful tool to complete prepping when large items purchased. Knives are great for cutting large roasts down. Cleavers are nice and sturdy, can handle cutting through most bones deemed safe for raw feeding.
Kitchen shears are useful for breaking down a whole chicken. Kitchen Shears can cut through smaller bones but are very useful for portioning out smaller items.
A knife is only as good as how sharp it is and with frequent use it will dull. Keeping the blade nice and sharp makes prepping food go by much quicker because less force is required to cut through items. Don’t forget to maintenance your knives to keep them sharp!
Having a dedicated freezer (or multiple) is a great way to build up a raw food stock. With freezers specifically for storing your pets food, it allows you to monitor sales papers for bargain prices to stock up, contact local hunters for scraps, buy in bulk from grocery stores/restaurant supplies/co-ops, score freezer cleanouts off of sites like Craigslist, etc.
Plastic Bus/Utility Containers
Defrosting and moving large quantities of raw items can get messy. Using plastic dishware bussing containers all the mess is contained in a sturdy bin that is easy to carry around. Added bonus: Since all the defrosted liquids and blood is contained, you can easily pour it into a plastic storage container or make blood cubes for feeding!