Honest Kitchen

Honest Kitchen

How to Feed –...

How to Feed – Getting started on our foods


How much food will the box make?

Package SizeEquals Dry Measured CupsYield When Hydrated with water
1 oz. Holds about 1/4 cup Makes 1/2 cup fresh food
4 oz. Holds about 1 cup Makes about 1 lb fresh food
4 lbs holds about 16 to 17 Makes about 16 lbs of fresh food
10 lbs holds about 40 to 43 Makes about 40 lbs of fresh food

A full standard US Measuring Cup of dehydrated food (which is 8 oz by volume or 4 oz by weight) will hydrate to make about 1lb of fresh food.


Feeding Guidelines for our Complete Dog Foods

The following daily recommendations are based on DRY cups (right out of the box, before you add water).

WeightActivity LevelDry cups per dayWater to add
1-10 lbs Average 1/4 – 1/2 cup 1/3 – 3/4 cup
Highly active/Puppies 1/2 – 1 cup 3/4 – 1 1/2 cups
11-30 lbs Average 1/2 – 1 cup 3/4 – 1 1/2 cups
Highly active/Puppies 1 – 2 cup 1 1/2 – 3 cups
31-50 lbs Average 1 – 2 cups 1 1/2 – 3 cups
Highly active/Puppies 2 – 4 cups 3 – 6 cups
51-70 lbs Average 2 – 2 1/2 cups 3 – 3 3/4 cups
Highly active/Puppies 4 – 4 1/2 cups 6 – 6 3/4 cups
71-90 lbs Average 2 1/2 – 3 cups 3 3/4 – 4 1/2 cups
Highly active/Puppies 4 1/2 – 5 1/2 cups 6 3/4 – 8 1/4 cups


Feeding Guidelines – Preference Base-Mix

Dog’s WeightAmount Per Day of Meat:Preference (Dry)
  Less Active   More Active
Up to 10 lbs 1/4 : 1/4 cup up to 1/3 : 1/6 cup
Up to 30 lbs 1/2 : 1/2 cup up to 2/3 : 1/3 cup
Up to 50 lbs 1 : 1 cup up to 1 1/3 : 2/3 cup
Up to 70 lbs 1 1/8 :1 1/8 cup up to 1 1/2 : 3/4 cup
Up to 90 lbs 1 1/3 : 1 1/3 cup up to 2 : 1 cup


Adding Extras

Our complete foods (all except Preference base-mix) can be fed as stand-alone diets. However, additional ingredients can be added if you wish – but all our foods (except Preference base mix) are complete and balanced so this is optional, not compulsory!

If you do wish to add your own home prepared ingredients, we suggest adding about half a cup of  ‘extras’ for each dry-measured cup of food. Depending on how active your pet is, you can feed slightly less Honest Kitchen food to compensate, or simply add the extras to the normal serving for his or her weight.

Preference is a non-complete base mix, designed to be mixed with your own choice of protein to create a balanced meal.

For convenience, all our feeding guidelines are based on dry-measured cups.

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