Sweet potato dog treats you can make yourself

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It’s getting cold outside. Want a way to heat up your home and make homemade dog food all at once? Voila: dehydrated Sweet Potato Treats. To make these yummies, you are going to leave the oven on all day, so you wouldn’t want to bake these in June.

Yams ready to go into the oven

Turn your oven on very low, 150-200 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into slices, 3/4″ thick. They’re going to shrink a lot. Two large potatoes can fill one cookie sheet. You can also make cubes instead of slices, but start with one inch cubes or they’ll shrivel up into nothing!

Spread the pieces on lightly greased cookie sheets.

Turn them over after 6 hours or so, the timing doesn’t have to be exact. Bake for another 4 to 6 hours.

The potatoes become white and will be rock hard when they’re ready. If you see any orange, or if there are any soft bits, they’re not ready.

The finished product

Baking these treats takes a long time, so it’s a good idea to start first thing in the morning. But don’t worry if you can’t finish it in one day. Let the treats cool off and then pop them in the fridge overnight. You can finish baking them the next day.

When the treats are done I keep some in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.

My dog usually inhales her food, but these treats are so hard she has to take the time to chew them. They’re healthy and inexpensive and she loves them. What more could you want?

 

2 Responses

  1. Linda Johnson

    December 25, 2012 5:00 am

    Buy a dehydrator, microwave a sweet potatoe til cooked, not mushy, slice into small pieces… I like about 1-1 1/2″ and let the dehydrator dry then til hard, Dogs love to chew!! No need to place in fridge. Depending on what your dog can eat,,, wow a dehyrdtor, cheap one can save a ton of money for treats…left over chicken w/o spices any meat..parboil some liver…careful calves..is rich! chicken livers work well, rip into pieces and voila’ liver treats at much less expense than the store bought treats

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