Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Snappy Sweet Potato Treats For Dogs

Dear Pet People,

Despite the fact that my dog's life ambition sometimes seems to be "How Can I Break In To The Compost Bin Today", I  am very careful about the food and treats I give Harry.

Sweet potato treats for dogs first showed up on my radar a while ago when I was looking for dog treats that did not contain any protein or wheat and were made in North America.  Dehydrated sweet potato treats seemed to fit my dog's requirements, but, the ones I found in the pet supply store were pricey and seemed like they would be ridiculously easy to make myself.

The "recipe" to make sweet potato treats for dogs is everywhere, it seems. The most difficult part of making these treats is slicing them into 1/3 inch pieces and then you just have to hang around for three hours while they bake.

Here's How To Make Sweet Potato Treats For Dogs:

1. Preheat oven to 250 F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Scrub a sweet potato (no need to peel it) and slice into 1/3 inch pieces.

Sweet potato slices. I waffle cut some for variety.

3. Spread the sweet potato slices on the baking sheet and bake for about 3 hours, turning them over halfway.

Tip - The sweet potato treats should be slightly crispy when done baking and they will become firmer as they cool.  You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly, depending on whether your dog prefers treats that are more chewy or crispy.

4. Cool completely on a baking rack for a few more hours. They can be stored in the fridge for a week.  

Harry loved the sweet potato treats, of course!  I did notice that the chewy slices (because they were thicker cut) softened overnight in the fridge. They were still good to eat, just not crunchy.

These treats were so easy to make, and Harry loved them ... not enough to give up his love affair with the Compost Bin ... but we're working on it!

Enjoy your pets,