A few months ago I started feeding my bitch raw and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I was also very intimidated by the whole process but I would say it really isnt a big deal once you get set up and start doing it.
So I first bought a full sized freezer from a friend who was selling it dirt cheap and set it up in the garage. I did this because A. I'de be shot if my SO found green tripe in our kitchen freezer and B. I like to buy in bulk to last me months at a time so that I can spend as little time as possible doing/ planning the dog food situation. I bought eight 30# cases of parts for my first buy to stock my freezer and get started. I would say it was an expensive investment, but I know it will pay off as being significantly cheaper vs kibble in the long run. Anyways, I brought it home and it took me about five hours to individually bag everything in sandwich baggies, but i think its 1000x easier to thaw out an individual self serve bag. So if you do it, dedicate a sunday afternoon to nasty body parts and force yourself to finish what you've started. Once it was all individually bagged, at meal time I just run out to the garage, grab some sandwich baggies of organ, muscle, and bone, then put them in the kitchen sink (still in their baggies) and thaw them out/warm them up while floating in hot water. Takes about 20 minutes until they can eat it. As for salmonella and things of that sort, I don't know, I wash my hands with dish soap before and after handling the food and wash her metal bowl after feeding her. Neither of us have ever gotten sick, but that's not to say it cant happen.
At first I alternated kibble in the AM and raw in the PM to ease any stress of transition for me. At a very basic level, I pretty much work with muscle meat, organ meat, and bone (for a ration of 45:15:40). Ill admit that I never measure anything and pretty much eyeball the portions. I'm sure other people do it differently, but this is my personal approach and I haven't killed the dog yet. If her poop looked too hard, I gave more organ. If it looked too soft, I gave more bone. I bought chicken necks, turkey necks, and chicken backs for my bone source; I bought prepackaged ground organ mix as well as prepackaged ground green tripe (YUCK) for my organ source; And I bought ground beef, venison, chicken, and quail mix for my muscle meat source. I'll also randomly pick up the discounted grocery store oddities when I see them just for a change of pace. I found a distributor through word-of-mouth from a friend and its a good setup. She emailed me a menu with prices, I emailed her back what I wanted, she let me know when the shipment was coming in (had to wait a week or so), and I picked it up. No big deal. I don't bother going to a butcher, but thats maybe because I haven't found a butcher that doesn't look at me like I have two heads when I ask for the things I need. I would start asking around and see if anything is in your area. I get the ground up rolls of muscle or organ from a company called Blue Ridge Beef which ships them directly to my distributor. Since Kai isn't an extreme chewer, I also give her the non-edible/ digestible weight-bearing bones to gnaw on and keep her busy/ clean her teeth. They are cow femurs and they CAN break teeth if your dog goes too crazy with them and they CAN block your dogs digestive track if your dog figures out how to ingest them (which is why I only give my girl the larger ones that I KNOW she cant swallow). My older aussie goes way too hard with those things and would be the dog to crack off a tooth, so she's banned from them.
Anyways, I tend to also throw in various other things in with my dogs raw food that I think she might like or need in her diet. If I'm eating vegetables for dinner, she might get some unseasoned veggies tossed into her bowl on top of the meat. Ill randomly toss in things like applesauce, yogurt, raw eggs, sunflower seeds, honey, dried cranberries, whole blueberries, etc. I would like to get her on some coconut oil and maybe a vitamin supplement every now and then, but I haven't decided on what brand to go with yet.
I don't know if I could give you an accurate menu of what to feed because I'm always changing how much I feed my own dog depending on a few different factors. In the winter, I try to put a little more weight on her, so she eats more. When we are training hard, she also gets a little more. Some days I fast her, some days she eats twice a day and others she only eats once (but larger). It really depends on what my day has going on and how I feel like coordinating it. I imagine that before dog food was commercialized into colorful prepackaged bags, dogs ate on a relatively irregular basis and thrived without issue, so I don't stress too much about exact feeding times or amounts. Again, my personal approach.
Things i've noticed on raw: Kai's teeth have no tarter on them. She definitely has more endurance when doing hard training. I almost never find her drinking water when she is laying around the house (im assuming from all the moisture in raw vs kibble). I noticed that she has slightly more muscle definition and her coat tends to be more glossy when she isn't in season. Her feces break down in the yard and disappear within a few days (and don't smell nearly as bad!). She does place a higher value on her raw meals than she did kibble so it took me a few dinner time squabbles between the mutts to realize that the other dog needs to be kept away from her while she eats.
Either way, I think that while it hasn't been a miracle worker like some people claim, i definitely think its a lot better for my dog and she certainly likes it a lot more. Whenever people ask me 'why' I go out of my way to feed her raw, I like to respond with "... with all the different types of food out there, could you
ever imagine having to eat cereal EVERYDAY for the rest of your life?"