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The Honest Kitchen Preference Dehydrated Dog Base Mix

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Product Description

Just add meat! Preference is a grain-free dog food base mix made with sweet potatoes, coconut, pumpkin, celery and more. This natural, human-grade 'foundation diet' offers an easy way to make homemade dog food recipes in your own kitchen. It takes care of all the prep work, so you can add whichever meat or fish you would like. Preference is an excellent option for dogs who do better without common protein sources like chicken, turkey or beef or who just enjoy a little variety. Just add water and protein for a fresh, wholesome and human-grade meal.

Key Benefits

  • Grain and gluten-free foundation diet
  • Just add water and meat to create a balanced diet for adult dogs
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No preservatives, fillers, by-products or GMO ingredients


  • 3-lb box: makes 12 pounds of base mix
  • 7-lb box: makes 29 pounds of base mix

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Item Number 49085
Special Diet
  • Sensitive Digestion
  • Grain-Free
  • Gluten Free
  • GMO-Free
  • No Corn No Wheat No Soy
  • Adult
Food Form
  • Dehydrated Food
  • Pre-Mix
Country of Origin
  • United States

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Important Information


All ingredients dehydrated: Sweet potatoes, green peas, cabbage, organic coconut, apples, spinach, pumpkin, bananas, celery, organic kelp, honey, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate

Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 108 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Healthy for your dog I feed this to my sheltie mixed with either canned rabbitt or baked turkey. He is 11 yrs. old and has had problems with allergies for over 7 years. He had lost most of his hair and was constantly on antibiotics for bacterial infections. Since I have been feeding him the preference along with other holistic supplements in his food such as trace minerals, dog greens, antronex, milk thistle, Pro-Bi and rena cleanse, he is like a new dog. His hair has all grown back and more and he is back playing frisbee again. June 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Both dogs excited to eat every day! I was making homemade food for my dogs but worried about them getting the correct nutrition. Their dry kibble is high quality but I liked adding more veggies and fruits to their diets. I have a Pom with a patella problem in one back knee who needed to lose some weight and a Yorkie/Shi Tzu mix who was always shy about eating. I tried a couple of different formulas from Honest Kitchen in trial sizes and found the Preference to be their favorite. Who wants to buy big boxes of something that they would snub, right? They do also like the Zeal and Thrive and I will probably try those in larger sizes later. I have been mixing the Preference with cooked turkey plus a tablespoon or so of olive oil. They look forward to their wet feeding every single day. Both have lost some weight and both are very energetic. My Pom has better stamina and seems to be favoring that knee much less. That progress has happened in about a month of feeding Preference. They didn't have any digestion issues and seem to be eating grass a bit less. Neither have had any of those days of stomach upset that all dogs seem to get from time to time. I'm quite pleased overall. The mix does have a very strong odor when warm that I dislike but my dogs seem to love :-) I use about 2 cups of mix plus a pound of turkey with the correct amount of water. This lasts the two of them just over a week with one feeding per day. They both weigh around 13#. September 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fabulous! My 5 year old Golden Retriever was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. We decided to forego chemo as he was diagnosed as "late stage". My heart was so heavy and he was not doing well. Within a week of the news he was not eating his regular food (high grade grain free kibble) and was becoming lethargic. So I started cooking for him. Chicken, beef, liver, etc. I found a "lymphoma diet" online and was cooking that up for him. He ate it reluctantly and I worried about his 'doggie' nutrition. As I searched, I found HK Preference Base! I just add the meat I was already cooking to the base. My dog LOVES it! He eats it voraciously. Within a week of starting him on it, his energy has rebounded and he is like his old self. When he hears me prepping his food he runs to the kitchen and waits patiently for his bowl. When I put it down he laps it up and makes sure he eats anything that falls out of the bowl as well! Whether this is some miracle cure or if it's just a moment of happiness for him I'm glad I found this product! I can't imagine ever feeding any pet anything else! Thank you Honest Kitchen! February 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Preference My two Jack Russell Terriers eat this every day for dinner mixed with raw ground chicken or turkey and always a little added cooked fish. They have always loved it. I do however have to pick out the dried pieces of banana because sometimes they do not hydrate and stay hard. When that happens they would throw up the hard little banana pieces later which was gross. Now I just take the pieces out while the food is still dry and then make the food. I also make batches of the food and then freeze it in meal-size baggies and then freeze completely. I have been told to freeze the raw chicken and turkey to make it safer for them to eat. My older Jack is 17 years old now and I attribute his good health partly on feeding him this food! April 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Product! This product was sent from Heaven. I used to have to go to the farmers market and buy so many expensive vegetables, dependent on what was in season, to make my own blend for my two Boston Terriers. I am an avid believer in the nutritional benefits from a wholesome vegetable source. Not only do I save time and money with Honest Kitchen's Preference, but my boys are as heathy as can be. They also lost a bit of extra weight they were holding on to, from an almost 100% protein diet. I feed a raw diet and Preference by Honest Kitchen is the perfect nutritional raw compliment! Thank you Honest Kitchen!! February 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by your company Again ...I cannot stress enough how efficient your company is. I ordered the Preference and within a day it was delivered without shipping charges. You are probably the best company I have ever bought The Honest Kitchen from and will definitely continue to do so. Keep up the excellent work!! Thank you! April 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for raw feeders I started using Preference 3 weeks ago and the results are all positive to date. I've been raw feeding for 18 years and my pugs love the Preference mix with every meat source from chicken to venison and I'm talking about 14 pugs from age 8 months to 14 years. I tried it for 2 nine year old, overweight rescues with age related medical issues. They have lost weight already and are more energetic, alert and playing with the puppies. At the same time I started using it with a 4 yr old retired champion who has been having recurring groin/abdominal rash-like irritations. His abdomen is rash and redness free now. I will continue using the Preference and see what happens as we move into spring. The remainder of the pugs have tried it as a variation to their normal diet and all have liked it. I find that I use a 1:1 mix to water ratio as I use raw meats. I add additional water if necessary. March 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lives up to all the hype!! Found it very easy to prepare. Most of all my Dobe loves it. He is suffering from cardio and is on a strict diet. Within a week his energy level increased and he is back to his old self. The cost is somewhat a problem but it is worth it to see my boy feeling so well. Jim W March 26, 2013
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