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Friday, October 10, 2008

Recipe- Sweet Potato Chews

Thoroughly wash sweet potatoes. Cut down the middle lengthwise. Cut long lengthwise slices about 1/3 of an inch wide and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 hours. This will leave them with a chewy texture. For crunchier treats, bake longer until they are the desired consistency.

I found this recipe online after being somewhat disgusted with the price of those all natural sweet potato chews found in stores (sometimes up to $6 for a little 5 oz package). So I went to the grocery store and bought two HUGE sweet potatoes (2 lbs to be exact) at $0.99 a pound, sliced them up and threw them on the food dehydrator for a little over 24 hours, although you could easily do them in the oven for about 3 hours (I felt it was safer to leave the dehydrator on unattended than the oven). And they came out really well! Some were still kinda sponge-y and chewy like those apple rings you can buy in health food stores and the thinner sliced ones were like apple chips, nice and crunchy. I love cooking for my dogs and they seem to really love when I do too!

Does anyone else have any healthy dog treat recipes they would like to share?

1 comment:

Neabear said...

Shawna, You have got to check out Nikki's blog. She is a new blog friend and is hilarious. Read about her dogs enjoying home made dog treats and scroll further down for another hilarious story, "Scardy Cat". She also links you to someone else who makes the dog treats her dogs are eating. Anyway, here is the link to her blog.
You can tell her I sent you there if you want. I notice that my blog is on her list of blogs she is following. Have a good laugh on her. You will be glad you did.