Bob Church’s Chicken Gravy
Bob Church’s Diet 101 Series (Source: FML Archives)
Although quite long, this series of FML posts is a fascinating read on ferret nutrition. If you’re wondering why a diet such as chicken gravy might be a good thing, this is a great place to start.Bob Church’s Insulinoma Series (Source: FML Archives)
This is a shorter series of FML posts about insulinoma. Many people have reported big improvements in their insulinomic ferrets when chicken gravy is given. Of course, it’s not a cure, but it can be very beneficial.
Preparing Bob’s Chicken Gravy
Bob Church’s Chicken Gravy Recipe (Source: FML Archives)
This is it: the main Bob’s Chicken Gravy recipe! How to Cut Up a Chicken (Source: Delaware Cooperative Extension)
I’m sure most people already know how to cut up a chicken, but I had never done it until I tried to make this gravy for the first time. I sort of hacked the thing apart, but for those who prefer a more orderly method, here you go.
Illustrated Guide to Making Bob’s Chicken Gravy: Meat Grinder Method, web page by Pam Sessoms
This guide shows the steps I use to make gravy using a meat grinder rather than a blender to deal with the majority of the bones.
Making Bob’s Chicken Gravy with a Pressure Cooker, web page by Pam Sessoms
This guide explains the basic steps involved in making gravy using a pressure cooker. For many people, it’s faster and easier than using a meat grinder or just a blender.
Gravy Prep Tips, by Pam Sessoms
Here are a few thoughts based on the first couple of times I made Bob’s Chicken Gravy. This is long out-of-date and the two methods outlined above (meat grinder and pressure cooker) are far more complete, but it’s here for whatever it’s worth.
Questions and Answers
Where can I find a meat grinder?
Northern Tool sells an electric one that comes highly recommended although I haven’t used it myself. They also sell a less expensive hand-crank model that looks exactly like the one I have. They sell a lot of meat grinders, so you might want to search their site to see what looks best. You can also try larger kitchen equipment stores, but if you buy an electric one, be very sure its motor will handle the bones! Comments on Bob’s Chicken Gravy, By Carla Smith (Source: Bhor’s Box O’ Bones)
Carla chatted with a nutritionist about the gravy recipe and reports her findings here.
Bob C: Chicken Gravy Answers (Source: FML Archives)
Included: size of the bone chips; amounts of fat; protein/carb/fat ratios; iron additives and ingredient substitutes including bone meal.
Bob C: Q-N-A: Bob’s Chicken Gravy Questions (Source: FML Archives)
Included: Cooking times, use of pressure cookers, vitamin substituions (why Nutrical), cutting back the Nutrical, problems with adding Ensure, formulation and why altering the ingredients makes it “not Bob’s gravy” anymore, intellectual copyright and marketing, feeding and food imprinting.
Bob C: Chicken Gravy Questions: Teeth (Source: FML Archives)
Included: effects of kibble diets, natural diets, soft food diets, and chicken gravy diet on teeth.
Bob C: Q-N-A: Bob’s Chicken Gravy Comments (Source: FML Archives)
Included: various forms chicken gravy can take; feeding raw; mixing gravy with other foods; iron additives and bone meal; sugar content in gravy from honey and nutrical; carbohydrate content of kibble.
Bob C: Raw v. Uncooked, Sugar, Bob’s Chicken Gravy (Source: FML Archives)
Included: physical adaptations to agricultural foods and cooking; consequences of high-carbohydrate diets; sugar content from honey in gravy vs. kibble.