Bestie Kitchen

BAKE-AT-HOME CRIKKIES TREAT MIX

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The cricket-based treat you can feed guilt-free.

BAKE-AT-HOME CRIKKIES is the human-grade treat mix that's complete and balanced* AND boosts health.

Made with Australian cricket protein and 17 other all natural food ingredients, CRIKKIES are complete and balanced for dogs* and super-healthy for cats.

Simply add water, mix, roll and bake, and in less than 30 mins, you'll have handmade cricket bikkies! Or granola if you prefer...

WHAT CHANGES DO PEOPLE SEE ON BESTIE?

When you switch to fresh feeding, using meat + bestie, you’re likely to see some changes.

People say that making fresh food is now almost as convenient as getting it from a bag, and they’re more confident they’re doing the right thing. They’re less worried – and that’s a good thing!


They also report health improvements in their dogs, after they've been on meat + bestie for a while:

MOBILITY

Dogs are more active with a pep in the step.

NOT SO PORKY!

Dogs lose weight (the bestie app plays a role here).

POOS!

Poos are smaller and healthier (and yes, a little less stinky!)

COATS & SKIN

Coats are softer, glossier and skin healthier.

CHRONIC CONDITIONS

Chronic inflammation-related, conditions diminish.

FUSSY EATERS

bestie even suits most notoriously fussy eaters - with the right protein and transition!

OUR INGREDIENTS - ALL HUMAN FOOD-GRADE

6 fruit & veg

Apple, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin and kale: together, these Australian-sourced fruit and veg make a powerful mix. The orange veg are rich in betacarotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant. Kale is also rich in betacarotene as well as lutein, and other vitamins and minerals. Apple is a good source of vitamins and dietary fibre. Shiitake mushrooms add a range of minerals and vitamins, especially copper and vitamin B5. These medicinal mushrooms also contain antioxidants, among them the amino acid ergothioneine, the subject of much research as a natural and 'adaptive' antioxidant). 

5 AUSTRALIAN SUPERFOODS

Kakadu plum, Manuka honey, and sea kelp: these uniquely Australian superfoods play a key role. Kakadu plum has more than five times the antioxidant value of blueberries, and is super-rich in vitamins C, E and lutein. Sea kelp, hand-harvested on the Australian coast, is a potent source of iodine.

They combine with kale and wheatgrass, which is packed with chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as minerals zinc, iron, selenium, and manganese.  

2 super herbs

Two imported super herbs round out the mix:  nettle, rich in chlorophyll, trace minerals and vitamins; and chicory root, high in inulin and a natural prebiotic

pre- and probiotics

Prebiotics, in the form of chicory root and brewer's yeast, support the growth of probiotics, a group of 'friendly' bacteria that help with gut health and in turn, immune system health. The ALLROUNDER includes live spores of B. coagulans MTCC 5856 strain at a strength of 1.47 billion CFU per 5 grams of ALLROUNDER. 

green lipped mussel

Green lipped mussel from NZ contains glycosaminoglycans, glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as zinc, and magnesium, all beneficial for good joint health. In addition, green lipped mussel along with cod liver oil, provides omega-3 fatty acids

cod liver oil

The cod liver oil we use, is made from wild caught, sustainably sourced Norwegian Arctic cod. This cod liver oil is rich in omega-3s, including EPA and DHA, which support heart, brain, vision, and joint health, as well as vitamins A and D.  

MCHA BONE MEAL

MCHA (or Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite) bone meal is extracted from Australian certified BSE-free, pasture-fed cattle. It's a natural bone replacement that provides the proper calcium and phosphorus balance.

BONE BROTH

Beef bones from Australian cattle are boiled under high pressure for more than six hours to extract all the nutrients; the broth is then dried using innovative low temperature processing. (See below.) They're packed with trace minerals and a great taste!

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that's a also a complete protein - containing the 10 amino acids that dogs need. It's also packed with B-vitamins, including B12 (typically only found in meat),  has an abundance of trace minerals and the powerful antioxidants glutathione and selenomethionine. It also contains the carbs beta-glucan and alpha-mannan, that boost the immune system.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FEED A DOG - REALLY WELL?

There’s no doubt that kibble, even the premium kind, is a cost-effective way to feed a dog. Well, cost-effective in the short term that is. Add in the cost of poor health…and maybe that bag of kibble isn’t really so cheap after all. Plus, should we really feed our dogs like it’s still 1950 - out of  bag? (What matters more - super convenience or pretty convenient good health.) 
 
That said, if we want to feed fresh, how much does it cost? Does it fit your circumstances? Below is a guide…

THE LITTLE DOG

This little Pom is 3.7kg! But let’s assume we’re talking dogs more like 5kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie would be less than a coffee a day. Seriously. And that’s way less. For a 5kg dog, you’ll get about 80 serves of bestie out of a 350gm pack and the bestie will work out to about $1.50 a day on average. The total daily cost will be between $2.20 and $5 a day, depending on the protein you use. (That’s not per meal, but per day.)

THE KINDA LITTLE DOG

For an average dog of say 10kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere from a coffee to a coffee plus a bit a day. For a 10kg dog, you’ll get about 50 serves of bestie out of a 350gm pack and the bestie will work out to about $2.55 a day on average. The  total daily cost will be between $3.70 and $7 a day, depending on the protein you use. (That’s not per meal, but per day.)

THE MEDIUM DOG

For a dog of say 30kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere between $7.50 and $13.50 a day – based on using human grade meat at an average cost of about 12.60/kg. (You may do better than this.) For a 30kg dog, you’ll get about 61 serves of bestie out of a 1kg pack and the bestie will work out to about $3.60 a day on average.

THE BIG DOG

For a dog of say 50kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere between $11 and $18 day – based on using human grade meat at an average cost of about 12.60/kg. (You may do better than this.) For a 50kg dog, you’ll get about 42 serves of bestie out of a 1kg pack and the bestie will work out to about $5.30 a day on average.

WHY DOES THE COST CHANGE

Why does the cost fluctuate? Well, not only do different proteins cost different amounts per kg, but they should really be fed in different quantities. Why? Well, the energy given to the dog by roo, for example, on a gram for gram basis, is less than that given by lamb. That means you’d need to feed MORE roo to give the dog the same amount of energy as that given by say 100grams of lamb.

the bestie app mealplan screen

HOW THE APP HELPS

While some other products provide a one-protein-fits-all feed quantity, that will mean the dog is being given less energy than they need, on some days. Don’t worry though, the bestie app works out the right quantity, based on the proteins you’re feeding.

THREE EASY STEPS

STEP 1

Add a dash of water to bestie.

STEP 2

Add your fresh protein.

STEP 3

Mix together and serve.

WHY USE THE BALANCER?

ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS

Apple powder, bone broth powder, carrot powder, sweet potato powder, MCHA bone meal powder, cod liver oil, organic wheat grass powder, organic pumpkin powder, organic shiitake mushroom powder, kale powder, green lipped mussel, nutritional yeast, probiotic (bacillus coagulans), kelp powder, organic nettle powder, organic chicory root powder, kakadu plum powder, manuka honey powder, iodised salt.

LOW TEMP, low energy PROCESSING

All our fruit, veg, Manuka and bone broth powders are gently processed in Australia, using an innovative low temperature processing method, refractance window drying. RWD helps retain more nutrients through the drying process than other typical dehydration methods like drum drying. For example, research shows that about 56% of carotenes are lost during drum drying vs 8.7% during RFW. 

(Most of the dehydrated fruit and veg powders available in Australia don't use RFW and they're also imported from China or other sources. They're often spray dried. Spray dried products often suffer from high volatile losses due to atomisation and high air temperature of 150-300°C, as well as significant nutrient losses.)

RW drying can retain heat sensitive vitamins, colour, phytochemicals content and antioxidant activity at similar levels to freeze-dried products, but with about half the energy consumption.

SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING AND PACKAGING

We're using 100% carbon-neutral shipping with Sendle, and mailing satchels made from biodegradable and home-compostable materials. In fact, even though it looks and feels a hellavalot like plastic, it's actually made from 70-80% PBAT (a co-polymer that is completely biodegradable) and 20-30% PLA (which is a fancy way of saying cornstarch).

In a commercial compostable environment, it will break-down within 90 days. At home, it may take up to 120 days. 

(We're still working on the product packs themselves.)

HOW TO TRANSITION

Transitioning from one food to another depends on the dog, and the food they're used to getting, so go easy, initially.  Start by replacing a small portion of their usual diet with your homemade fresh food and see how that goes. Then keep adding a little more fresh food to each meal as you slowly decrease the amount of their previous food.

Watch for any signs of vomiting and/or loose poo; this probably means you're transitioning a bit too quickly.  If you are, slow down a little.

(Read more about transitioning in our FAQs.)

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09/07/2021
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Anonymous
Australia Australia
I recommend this product
Too easy!

Very straight forward. Love that I have baked something healthy for my Fur Baby that he clearly enjoys and that it was so quick and easy to do. Thanks Bestie

09/07/2021
Bestie Kitchen

That's great! So happy to help you and your fur baby feel good.

06/20/2021
LO
Leone O.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product
Thank God for Bestie Kitchen.

Have always found Bestie Kitchen to be the best. Any questions about feeding the smallest member of the family, with the largest personality, and orders have been answered promptly and helpfully. As for the product, Nala loves them. With the current mouse ... infestation, Nala is eating more than she should. At least we know she is getting the right nutrients with the Bestie Kitchen products.

06/21/2021
Bestie Kitchen

That is so lovely to hear. We really appreciate that and we're glad too, that it's such a hit with Nala!

05/12/2021
CB
Carole B.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product
Crikkies they're good!

My dog loved the crikkies **** and I know they're good for her - win, win! I will definitely be buying them again. Thank you for such an amazing product.

05/12/2021
Bestie Kitchen

That's brilliant! Love that they loved them...

04/17/2020
KR
Karen R.
Australia Australia
Chi boy

He liked the Crikkies.. Easy to cook and they smell yum... He really loves the Allrounder Balancer sup and gobbles up his meat... I will be buying more from Bestie... Great service too... Xx

04/16/2020
Bestie Kitchen

Thank you! That's excellent to hear!

12/19/2019
AD
Angelina D.
Australia Australia
They twitch and jump for their Crikkies

Their noses begin twitching the moment the heat of my sandwich toaster starts to cook the Crikkies mixture. Between a folded sheet of baking paper I lay the thin chocolate bar shaped mixture, marked with small squares, and slowly cook them on a low heat setting. It can take up to 20 minutes but my geriatric companions don’t care how long it takes. They lay in waiting until they’re cooled enough to eat, then, they know when I’m breaking pieces off for them. That’s when they start jumping. I never feel guilty giving them two as they’re the healthiest treats i have come across in their nearly 15 years. Crikey those Crikkies are good!!

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12/19/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Hilarious! You are a creative food-genius! Thanks so much and glad they love them.

12/19/2019
MW
Maureen W.
Australia Australia
Thumbs up.

I rolled the first lot to thin it was a bit dry my girls still ate it.The next lot ok.l found the smell wasnt as nice as the balanced bestie .My girls didnt worry about that.

12/19/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Thank you Maureen! Smell is a funny thing isn't it? I've had a couple of people say the same as you and others, myself included, love the smell and think it's nutty-sort of and spicy. Glad it tasted good to your girls though!

12/15/2019
H
Hildrun
Australia Australia
Fun, healthy treats!

Our dogs are important members of our family and I like fussing over them. At the same time I don't forget that they are a different species and therefore have completely different dietary requirements. Since our dogs go for long walks and are generally kept very active it is important for me that they don’t eat empty calories but instead everything they eat is good for them and provides them with the energy they need. I was very excited when I was asked to test Crikkies since I love trying new healthy ways to feed our dogs. I bought some cheap cookie cutters from the supermarket and even though I have very limited cooking and baking skills the biscuits turned out great. While they were in the oven our dog Sylvester waited in front of the oven to make sure he wouldn’t miss his treats once they were finished. All three dogs loved them. I would definitely recommend them since they are such a fun way to reward your dog.

12/15/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Thanks so much for being a tester, and for your great review! We are so thrilled Sylvester and co like them…

12/12/2019
BD
Bente D.
Australia Australia
Fantastic new product with an interesting main protein source

I thoroughly enjoyed CRIKKIES as training treats. My dogs really loved it. I think it is a unique alternative to the usual beef / chicken treats, which my dogs really enjoyed. I also loved the idea, that I can bake my own cookies., and next time I'll use my new purchased Snoopy cookie cutters.

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12/12/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Thank you Bente! So glad they (and you) enjoyed them!

12/04/2019
R
Rusty
Australia Australia
Bake yo crickies

I love my bake yo cricket treats .♡

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12/04/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Oh, that is priceless...

12/03/2019
AL
Ann L.
Australia Australia
A guilt-free treats that I'm excited about .

I'm happy to announce that we were chosen to be testers for this product. I have a fussy little one and I am excited to say that he loves his bake yo cricket treats. And they are quite tasty if I should say so myself. I have a habit of tasting a tiny bit of what I give my little boy except for Raw meat of course.. what an amazing guilt-free product. And you have the privilege of making it yourself.. I recommend this amazing products to every pet parent, you will love yourself for it. Knowing that you are feeding an amazing complete and balanced healthy treat to your fur babies is an amazing feeling.

12/03/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Thanks so much Ann for being an early tester and for your great feedback. We're super-thrilled you and your little one love them! (And thanks for that special line...you know which one!)

12/03/2019
L
Lauren
Australia Australia
We Love Crikkies!!

Love Love Love!! My 3 fur babies thought Christmas had come early when I began making these Crikkies over the weekend. Not to mention how pleased they were when they all got to take turns in licking the bowl This product is such a great idea, especially for us Raw Feeders that are extremely conscious about what we feed our pups. The ingredient list is so interesting and so well thought out. I never knew Crickets were so nutritious!! They are also SUPER EASY to make, even for a novice cook like myself Thanks again Bestie for making yet another fantastic, highly palatable and healthy product for our beloved fur babies.

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12/03/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Thanks so much Lauren - it was a bit of an experiment to begin with but I'm thrilled that you and your pack love them. (And thanks for being an early tester!)

12/03/2019
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Lindsay
Australia Australia
Crikkies

We were one of the lucky ones to test out the Bake-Yo-Crikkies. I am a raw feeder so I am all about making my own treats and knowing EXACTLY what my babies are getting! Full of only the best ingredients you know you are feeding high quality treats, you can also have some fun with them if you are feeling like getting yo bake on I wasn’t aware of Cricket Powder being a ‘thing’ and how beneficial it actually is - we will be including it more in our diets that’s for sure! Thanks again Bestie another great product!

12/03/2019
Bestie Kitchen

Thanks heaps for this - and for taking the time to test and give us your insights. Much appreciated!

BAKE-AT-HOME TREATS ARE SUPER SIMPLE TO MAKE

MAKE ANY SHAPE YOU WANT

MAKE ANY SHAPE YOU WANT

WHAT'S IN THE TREAT MIX?

This superfood treat mix is made from all-natural, highly bio-available, dietary sources, including omega-rich cricket meal, cod liver oil and green lipped mussel and micronutrient-rich nutritional yeast, wheatgrass, kelp, and kale. It's formulated to be complete and balanced for dogs (so it could be used as a meal replacement) and super-healthy for cats

100% human food-grade ingredients

Cricket meal, sweet potato powder, apple powder, carrot powder, beef bone broth, organic pumpkin powder, bone meal powder, organic wheat grass, sunflower oil, kale, organic nettle powder, iodised salt, organic chicory powder, probiotic (bacillus coagulans), nutritional yeast , green lipped mussel, cod liver oil, kelp powder.

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT CRICKET MEAL, GREEN LIPPED MUSSEL & COD LIVER OIL?

Australian cricket meal is not only an environmentally sustainable, digestible protein, but it's also rich in calcium, iron, B12 and B2 vitamins and has three times the amount of omega 3 as salmon.

Green lipped mussel from NZ contains glycosaminoglycans, glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as zinc, and magnesium, all beneficial for good joint health. In addition, green lipped mussel along with cod liver oil, provides omega-3 fatty acids. The cod liver oil we use, is made from wild caught, sustainably sourced Norwegian Arctic cod. This cod liver oil is rich in omega-3s, including EPA and DHA, which support heart, brain, vision, and joint health, as well as vitamins A and D. 

WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT OTHER INGREDIENTS?

Australian sea kelp, hand-harvested on the Australian coast, is a potent source of iodine. It combines with kale and wheatgrass, which is packed with chlorophyll (as is imported nettle), vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as minerals zinc, iron, selenium, and manganese.

Apple, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin and kale: together, these Australian-sourced fruit and veg make a powerful mix. The orange veg are rich in betacarotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant. Kale is also rich in betacarotene as well as lutein, and other vitamins and minerals. Apple is a good source of vitamins and dietary fibre.

Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that's a also a complete protein - containing the 10 amino acids that dogs need. It's also packed with B-vitamins, including B12 (typically only found in meat), has an abundance of trace minerals and the powerful antioxidants glutathione and selenomethionine. It also contains the carbs beta-glucan and alpha-mannan, that boost the immune system.

Prebiotics, in the form of chicory root, high in inulin and a natural prebiotic, supports the growth of probiotics, a group of 'friendly' bacteria that help with gut health and in turn, immune system health. The CRIKKIES includes live spores of B. coagulans MTCC 5856 strain at a strength of 1.47 billion CFU per 5 grams of mix.

MCHA (or Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite) bone meal is extracted from Australian certified BSE-free, pasture-fed cattle. It's a natural bone replacement that provides the proper calcium and phosphorus balance.

Beef bones from Australian cattle are boiled under high pressure for more than six hours to extract all the nutrients; the broth is then dried using innovative low temperature processing. They're packed with trace minerals and a great taste!

OTHER INFO

Typical Analysis

  • Metabolisable energy 3743kcal/kg
    Protein 38%
    Fat 12%
    Ash 7%
    Fibre 7%