Treat your pup to an all natural dog treat that you will be sure is good for them.
I have to admit that making my own dog treats is brand new territory for me. Making treats and food for my pup was just something I never really thought about. Even with my background in cooking, to me, pet food was just something you got from the store. This way you knew that your pet was getting exactly the nutrition that they needed.
I know, I know, pet food is just another product that comes out of a factory just like processed, mass produced human food. How could I not think of better for my precious pup? Well, I am. This is not to say I am going full on raw feeding my Tasha. But it’s certainly within my means of sneaking in a tasty natural treat for my girl.
Making the dog treats
This one is simple to prep, but does take some time and patience.
- Sweet Potato
- Chicken Stock
- Fresh Parsley
- Dried Mint
You don’t have to be exact in measuring the ingredients with this treat. Your pup will love them no matter what. In fact, I even snacked on a few myself.
Start out by slicing your sweet potato nice and thin. I used a mandoline for this step.
Pop the sliced sweet potato in a zipper bag with about a cup of chicken stock, some chopped up parsley and about a teaspoon of dried mint. Zip up the bag and let hang out for about an hour or so.
Once you have let the strips soak up all the flavor, remove from the bag and lay on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Place the dog treats in a preheated 250° oven. You will want to keep the oven door open just a bit for them step. Keeping the oven door will allow the moisture to escape the oven and allow the treats to dry. It will also keep the oven temp to a comfortable level so the treats don’t brown and turn bitter. The thinner you slice the sweet potato, the shorter the cook time. These treats that I made took about 2-2.5 hours. Though my slices were pretty thin due to the mandoline. Remove from oven when you can slightly bend the treats making sure they don’t become crisp.
You could also dry these out in an electric dehydrator, per manufacturer’s instructions. Store treats in an airtight container in the fridge, though I am sure they won’t last long there.