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DIY Frozen Star Dog Treats

3 Jul

I found this adorable and super EASY tutorial on making some icy, cool frozen fruit treats for your dog. It’s been so hot here in Toronto, i couldn’t help diggin’ this great idea from Irresistible Pets blog.  You can use strawberries, which are in season at the moment. YUM YUM!

 

This is a quick and easy DIY dog treat recipe that you can make at home. It’s so easy, even the kids can help out! These treats are fun, patriotic, and your dog will find them “irresistible” on a hot Summer day! They make a perfect treat for the pets!

Tools You Need

  • Star Shaped Ice Cube Trays
  • Blender
  • Cake Decorating Tip (to help pour)
I picked up these star shaped ice cube trays up at Target a few months back for $1 each. I’m not sure if they still have them but I did find a similar one on Amazon.

Ingredients You Need

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Blueberries
*I made 16 ice-cubes and how lots of liquid left over for an additional project that I created. You may want to use more or less depending on how many you plan on making!*

Time Required

  • 15 minutes + Freeze Time

Instructions

These instructions are based on the DIY Frozen Star Dog Treats that I created in this picture. If you want to learn more, keep reading!

Note – Always ensure your pet is not allergic before introducing any new food into their diet. If unsure, call your vet.

Directions

Step 1

Rinse strawberries and blueberries. Set aside.

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Step 2

Cut stems off of strawberries

Step 3

Mix 1/2 cup water and all 8 strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with Blueberries. (Mixing 1/4 cup Blueberries with 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water).

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Step 4

Pour berry/water mixture into ice cube trays using a cake decorating tip to help prevent any leaks. View my DIY Frozen Luau Dog Treats to see this technique. Repeat with the blueberry mixture.

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Step 5

Freeze for 2-4 hours or overnight.

Once they are frozen, pop them out and serve 1-2 cubes to your Irresistible Pet! You can put the remaining cubes into a plastic container and store them in the freezer. Now when your dog is hot you will have a quick, tasty, frozen treat on hand to cool them off!

Alton Brown: Stinkin’ Dog Treats

15 May

After noticing that his beautiful dog Sparky had been snacking out of the cat’s litter box (aka the “stinky cheese shop”), the wonderfully quirky food guru Alton Brown, decided to take matters into his own hands and created a treat that was as stinky as cat feces, but far, far more healthy.

I wasn’t interested in coming up with a chewy bar-like substance but rather a biscuit, something that would keep, and be hard enough to provide some dentrificios benefits and no I don’t think that’s a word but it works for me. Continuing my research, I decided the bulk of these stinky treats would be sweet potato, and rolled oats, both of which are considered quite good for hounds, the first for fiber and beta carotene, manganese, and vitamins C and B6, the second for soluble fiber which slows things down in the old GI tract which is good for regularity and nobody, and I mean nobody, wants an irregular dog. I wanted the stink to be an add- on…icing if you will and I actually did try to make an icing out of natto, fermented soy beans, Durian, even lutafisk, what we found really really worked for us is: fish sauce. Used in many South Asian cuisines, this is essentially the liquidous remains of stacking fish, typically anchovies in a barrel with some salt and leaving them for a year or more.

Alton Brown's Stinkin' Dog Treats

Stinkin’ Dog Treats

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2014 

1 small sweet potato, approximately 8 ounces

10 ounces old fashioned rolled oats, approximately 3 cups

3 ounces oil packed sardines, drained

1 large egg

1 ounce unsalted peanut butter

2 teaspoons fish sauce, optional

Procedure:

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Pierce the sweet potato several times with a paring knife, then microwave on HIGH for 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender.

3. Meanwhile, grind the oats in a food processor for 3 minutes or until the consistency of whole wheat flour. Remove the oats from the food processor and set aside.

4. Combine the sweet potato pulp, sardines, egg, and peanut butter in food processor. Pulse 10 to 12 times until the mixture forms a thick paste, there will be some lumps.

5. Add 2 cups of the ground oats and pulse an additional 10 to 12 times, until the mixture starts to come together. Similarly to pie dough, it will look dry but should hold together when pressed.

6. Sprinkle your work surface with some of the remaining oats and roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into treats using a pizza wheel or cookie cutters. (Size of cookie cutters used: 2 inch)

7. Bake on a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan for 30 to 40 minutes or until treats appear dry and lightly browned on the bottom. Turn off the oven, brush with the fish sauce, if desired, and let the treats dry in the oven for 1 hour.

8. Store in an airtight container for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Yield: 40 two-inch treats

DIY: Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Recipe

20 Mar

Homemade dog treats are quite easy to make, and your dog will probably like biscuits you make at home better.  Mine does. Actually, that’s a lie. Logan will eat pretty much anything! (..dirt, sofa stuffing, rocks, etc)

Try out this easy peanut butter dog biscuit recipe yourself  & let your dog do a treat taste test.  I happened to have a collection of cookie cutters,  but any shape will do. Don’t have cookie cutters? Be creative, and look around your house — I’ve improvised, and used the bottom of a shot glass, and even the end of a pen lid. They all have round ends, and are easy to use.

The smaller the treat, the quicker they’ll bake, so keep that in mind when adjusting your bake time. I prefer small ones, as they make the perfect training treat, small & easy to grab out of my pockets.

homemade dog treats | peanut butter dog biscuits

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits – Homemade Dog Treats

2 c. whole wheat flour

1/2 c. milk

1/3 c. natural peanut butter

1 egg

2 tbs. olive oil

1/2 tsp. baking soda

  1. Mix baking soda and salt into the flour.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix with dough hook on med speed. *can also be mixed with a wooden spoon.
  3. When dough can be formed into a ball remove.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface (about a 1/4″ thick).
  5. Cut out dog biscuits with cookie cutters or simply cut dough into treat sized squares, with pastry wheel or pizza cutter.
  6. Place the treats directly on baking sheet.
  7. Prick each dog biscuit with a fork.
  8. Bake at 300 degrees, for 45 minutes to an hour.  45 minutes will result in a softer “crunch” (good for older dogs).
  9. Allow to cool on wire rack.
  10. Store your homemade dog treats in airtight container or ziploc bag.

Homemade dog treats are a perfect gift for any canine lover.  Make a batch for a friend when they adopt a new pooch, or drop some off for their dog’s birthday.  They will surely appreciate such a thoughtful gift.

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