I know that price is no object when our pooches happiness is on the line, but let’s face it….dog treats are expensive. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could make Theo happy (and healthy) with a great tasting and easy homemade dog treat recipe and still make our car payment? What happens if he or she is a really good boy or girl this month…more treats. Cha Ching Cha Ching
Theo Loves it and it’s Good for Him
We started down a slippery slope with Theo our miniature Pinscher by treating him to a nice bag of sweet potatoe chews. The bag was small enough for me to eat in ten minutes while watching Vikings. The problem was that I would never buy an $13.00 bag of chips for myself. They had great health benefits though, and Theo loved them. That’s right…guilt. Apparently guilt is as costly as sweet potatoe chews.
But it’s Just a Sweet Potatoe!
One night we were at our neighbors for dinner. Laurie is a great cook and foody. She seems to know everything there is to know about food and how to prepare it. She’s always thinking outside of the box and coming up with creative food prep ideas. As usual the conversation took a turn to Lauries abilities and food in general. I’m clueless on the topic and was only half following. Later my wife asked me “did you hear Laurie talking about her dehydrator? No” I said with feigned interest. “Why do you ask? Well” she replied, “Theos treats are only dehydrated sweet potatoes and if we could borrow Lauries dehydrator….” Now I was listening.
This is too easy. You can’t even call it an easy dog treat receipe because a recipe, in my mind should have more than one ingredient. Sometime later I walked over to Lauries and asked if I could borrow her dehydrator, which she happily lent me. At the local grocery store, I was very happy to discover that a 3 lb. bag of sweet potatoes could be purchased for under $4.00. (Still pricey by your average potatoe standard, but penies compared to $13.00 per 8 oz. pet store price). I gladly took the 30 minutes required to slice the entire bag into thin slices. Thin slices dry more quickly and easily of course. Make sure you use a very sharp knife as sweet potatoes are very hard and slicing an entire bag with a dull knife will wear you down. The dehydrator that I used had 6 racks and I was able to dehydrate the whole bag in two sessions of about 8 hours. Just slice, leave them on the rack and take them off when they feel like shoe leather. I use zip loc bags to store the treats in. Make sure you let the slices cool to room temperature before you zip them up. Then just throw them on a shelf somewhere until someone is a good boy or girl.
Same Recipe Different Treat
We make sweet potatoe treats because that’s what Theo loves. Sweet potatoes contain lots of nutrients that provide him with energy and fibre to promote digestive health. Use whatever fruit or veggie your dog likes, but check with your vet or a recognized health site to make sure that the food is ok for dogs. (Grapes for example are not) Apples, apricots and pears are great. They’re a healthy snack and dogs usually love them.
One last thing. If you don’t have a great neighbor like Laurie who can lend you her dehydrator, you can buy them online for under $50.00 (only 3 bags of store bought treats). Happy Treat Making.