Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sweet Potato Chews

Mylee and I thank you for all the well wishes and good thoughts. I'm very happy to say she is feeling *much* better.

From my Iphone - A happy and feeling better little red dog
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Yesterday we spent a cold Saturday afternoon making one of our favourite treats, sweet potato chews. I love them for my dogs because they are very digestible, low in calorie, high in fibre, and help to keep their teeth clean. They love them for one reason... they taste good!

Previously I was purchasing these treats from a local manufacturer. At $10.00 a bag for only a few pieces they were an occasional treat around here rather than a staple. As much as we both loved them.... the girl who grew up on a potato farm couldn't stomach paying that price for approximately one large potato worth of product. Lucky for my dogs, farm girls are very resourceful. :)

Homemade sweet potato chews - to make your own follow these simple steps: (I apologize in advance for the Iphone photos, I don't like to mix my camera with baths or cooking!)

Step One
Preheat your oven to 230 F. Wash two large sweet potatoes. Leave the skin on.

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Step Two
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Parchment paper works best. If using foil use cooking spray or olive oil to ensure they don't stick. We used aluminum foil. Can you spot my kitchen help?

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Step Three
Slice the sweet potato into approximately 1/4 inch slices. All lengths and shapes work well so don't worry if they aren't perfect.

Ready to go in the oven
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A better shot of my kitchen help :)
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Step Four
Bake for approximately 2-2.5 hours. Longer if they seem a bit mushy. Flip them over once at about 1 hour. The goal is to completely dehydrate/dry them out! They will turn brown in places.. that is a good thing.

Just out of the oven and cooling
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Step Five
Let them cool completely before giving into the cute little faces who are waiting patiently. Store them in a sealed container.

Are they ready yet?
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In a container by the cookie jar
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Enjoy, and let us know what you think if you decide to try them out! I'd also love some more healthy and easy dog treat recipes to try. What is your favourite?

12 comments:

  1. This is brillant! We've only started buying sweet potato as our parrot loves it so we have lots at the moment, think I'll try this out tonight :)

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  2. That's a great idea I will try that. My favourite treat recipe is sardine treats (which I can post the recipe too). It's semi healthy although not grain free. My dogs favourite treats currently are hands down the salmon and tuna brownies I bought at a fundraiser last weekend.

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    1. Hope you feel better Mylee. Freya Rose Blossom sends her love.
      Freya isn't a snax dog, she buries more than she eats, but I will try there. They look good enough, I wouldn't mind snacking on them.
      lots of love to your brilliant kitchen help too :-) X X X

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  3. Will have to revisit this! I tried a long time ago but can see from your cooking times I was too impatient and mine were soft. Zoey you are an adorable kitchen helper <3 Mylee I see your being the Head Princess and waiting for work to be over.

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  4. I dry sweet potatoes on a weekly basis in the dehydrator, also dry butternut squash which they love too. I dehydrated pureed baby food veggies last week on fruit roll up trays to make veggie rollups for the doggies...They love there veggies!♥

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  5. I AM MAKING THESE TONIGHT!!!! Thanks for the directions on how to do them properly. :)
    I'm glad to hear little Miss Mylee is feeling better!

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  6. I think what I really need to buy is a dehydrator like Debbie said. I'd probably use it a lot. I tried to make these at my Mom's yesterday and they didn't work out quite as well. I don't think her oven is as hot as mine and right in the middle of this process our power was out for an hour. The end product was ok.. but not as good as when I did them here. You may have to adjust the heat based on your oven.

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  7. Just wanted to let you know that I made these the day you posted :) They went down a treat and everyone loves them! Thank you so much, I can see me making lots of batches in the future.

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  8. Thank you for such an amazing recipe and I can just see my Kirra, waiting patiently for me to cook such a delightful treat.

    I shall look forward to making them soon too.

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  9. Wonderful news about Mylee, she is a star.

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  10. Just a question: how long does the "chew" last? I hate nothing more than a chew that lasts 30 seconds. She really loves to get her chew on for at least a half hour or our toddler toys become the next chew. Not good for her or the kids!

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  11. Its not a long lasting chew at all and more of a treat. They last longer than a cookie but no where near as long as a bully stick or an antler. Sounds like your girl might really enjoy elk or deer antlers!

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