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« on: September 22, 2007, 06:04:13 AM »

Let's try to compile homemade dog treats under one thread.  If you have already posted homemade dog treats, please give me the thread link so I can copy them here.  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007, 06:43:08 AM »

Great idea, JustMe!  I'm on my way out, but I'll share quickly!  Thanks for starting this!

Found on the web:

Three Dog Bakery Peanut Butter Bones (I may have adapted this slightly -- I don't know...)

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (I use organic)
1 cup skim milk (I use organic)

(Pam (tm)-like spray to lightly coat cookie sheet.)

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl.  Combine wet ingredients in another bowl.  Add wet ingredients to dry.  Mix well.  (I use the stand mixer & am sure to scrape the sides occasionally.) 

Turn out dough to a lightly floured surface.  Kneed briefly.  Flour your rolling pin (or thick glass jar or tin can, if you don't have a rolling pin).  Roll out to 1/4" thickness.  (I roll my dough even thinner to make the dough go further.)  Use cookie cutters or cut dough with a knife into squares.  Place shapes on lightly greased cookie sheet. 

Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.  If still spongy in the middle, leave in 1 or 2 more minutes. 

Let cool for two minutes, then remove cookies to cooling rack.  (Makes about 2 full sheets of cookies.) 

I usually double the recipe and freeze the cookies in Zip-loc bags.  This dough does not spread out in the oven, so you can put your cookies right next to each other.

Last step: Watch with joy as your pups slap their cute little butts on the floor in the sit position and wait for their cookies!!   

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007, 06:44:49 AM »

Thanks for sharing purringfur.  It wasn't my idea.  It was MrsP's idea.  Thank you MrsP.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007, 09:00:39 AM »

Lots of online recipes for dog treats:

http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Recipes.htm

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2007, 04:21:49 AM »

A link to homemade chicken & beef jerky strips recipes:

http://dogblog.dogster.com/2007/09/26/fda-warns-dogs-to-avoid-chicken-jerky#comment-107662
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007, 05:18:25 AM »

Here's a link to dog treat recipes:

http://www.dogaware.com/treatref.html

I don't have dogs Grin, but hope this will help those who are looking for treat recipes.

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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007, 04:00:56 AM »

Links to treat recipes.  You should make sure you're comfortable with the ingredients as some may be contoversial.

http://futuremach.baka.com/cookies.html
http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/2049/doggie.htm
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/1011/dog.htm
http://www.yummyfordogs.org/
http://www.puppycentral.net/recipes/index.html
http://www.gooddogexpress.com/recipes.htm
http://www.taoherbfarm.com/herbs/resources/pettreats.htm
http://www.dragonbear.com/rec-spec.html
http://www.thepoop.com/pooppantry/

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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2007, 05:41:09 AM »

5CatMom:

Thanks so much for all those links.  I've been bookmarking websites with recipes for doggie treats & you sure gave me a bunch to choose from......I also love the recipes I just found (thanks to other great links from all of you) for freeze dried liver treats & frying chicken in broth to make jerky.  Some of these are really easy & sound like they'll be fun to make.  Best part is that I won't have to worry about making my dog sick! Tongue

I bought a dehydrator not knowing about the steps to prep the food first & all the precautions you have to take to store once it's done.  I thought, because it was dried, it was easily stored.  I read the whole book & brought it right back to where I bought it.....geez, too much trouble for me, thank you very much. Undecided

I like the idea of cooking something in a skillet or in the oven, popping it in the fridge or freezer & that's all she wrote. Grin

Me lazy?HuhHuh??  Naw, just trying to budget my time.....ha ha.  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007, 06:14:50 AM »

JanC,

You're welcome.  Let us know how the recipes work for you.  I like the idea of freezing them, too. 

Here's a dehydrator recipe from Jenny Bark that was on Itchmo, but please note that Jenny doesn't use the garlic.

"Jenny Bark says:

September 15th, 2007 at 3:08 pm
GSD Mom, recipe from Mary Bell’s dehydrator book.
Basic Chicken Jerky
the same recipe can be used to make turkey jerky. A reminder-ALL POULTY MUST BE COOKED before it can be dried into jerky.

1 pound skinlless, boneless chicken breasts, sinew and transparent tissue removed
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (I don’t use this in mine for the dogs)

1. Cut the chicken into 5 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 1/4 inch thick.
2. In a bag, combine the oil, lemon juice, and garlic, and add chicken. Squeeze out the air in the plastic bag, making sure all the chicken surfaces are covered with marinade, and seal the bag. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 300%F. Remove the chicken from the bag, place in a glass baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the baking dish, reserving the cooking juice, which can be used as a sauce. Let chicken cool.
4. Place the baked chicken strips on mesh sheets in the drying trays. Dry for about 6 to 8 hours, depending on the style of dehydrator, until the strips are leathery.
Makes 4 to 5 ounces.

My dogs love them, even kitty plays around with a small one. I DON”T use the garlic. You can dry them in the oven at 145 F to 180F but it can take up to 24 hours. I have never did them in an oven. If you really want to make them I bet you know someone who has a dehygrator around. I make up a lot at a time. I keep all my meat, chicken & fish jerky in the ref to be safe. It is really not hard at all. Good luck"


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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007, 12:53:22 PM »

Hum... I think even I can do this!
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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2007, 02:48:42 PM »

5CatMom:

Perhaps if I look at other dehydrators, they won't be as complicated as this one but all of the recipes had a ton of prep work & special "dips" the foods had to be soaked in before they went into the dehydrator......then there was all kinds of info on checking the food after storing to be sure there's no moisture or it isn't moldy......I thought once it was dried, you were home free.  Even with the store bought chicken jerky.....back in the good old days when I trusted it......I kept it in the freezer until I needed some more.  Maybe that's why Hannah never got sick.  Oh, & besides all the prep work, the trays had to be rearranged and/or turned every few hours......this is for the one to two days until the stuff was ready.  I can see me up at 3 in the morning rearranging trays.....NOT! Tongue

I want to try that freeze dried liver & the chicken cooked in broth.....two of Hannah's favorites & they sound yummy & easy to make. Cheesy



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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2008, 08:13:57 AM »

JanC, it depends on the dehydrator.  I have one that doesn't need any rotating because the fans are strong enough.  But, I've dehydrated lots of apples and catnip in a regular oven and it lasts for months (at least).  There really isn't any need for special dips or curatives.  Soaking (or even just dipping) things in vitamin C water keeps them from browning and does preserve them a bit longer, but it's not necessary. I never had anything go moldy and we kept some of that catnip for years in the tea cupboard. If you're freezing it, you definitely shouldn't have a problem.

2 week old oven-dried apple rings without vitamin C:




1 month old dehydrator dried apple rings with vitamin C dip (60 seconds):



I tried meat for the first time ever when I got my dehydrator.  I dehydrated some sliced beef heart for the dogs.  It's very low fat and I purchased it already sliced, so I just laid it on the tray and dried it and fed it to the dogs.  They love it.  I still have some left over from a month ago that was put in a plastic baggie and in a cookie tin for storage.  It sits on the shelf just fine.  An air tight container is really all that's needed.

Another treat that dehydrates well in the oven or dehydrator even without a dip or soak is sweet potato.  Just wash, slice, lay out on the tray, and dehydrate.  Easy.

Week old dehydrator dried sweet potatoes without curative:



Edit:A few tips for oven drying veggies can be found here: No Dig Vegetable Garden
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2008, 12:19:59 AM »

Entrees in Poco's Presidential Dinner  Grin
These are really dog treats and very doable.  All are modified versions of popular homemade treats for dogs.

Meatballs with Yogurt Topping

1 lb       ground lamb (or beef 10% fat or less)
 
1 Tsp.    chopped parsley
1 tsp      soy sauce
1           egg
             Plain yogurt
½ Tsp    Ground pr powdered eggshell or 900mg calcium supplement  (may be omitted if recipe is given purely as a treat)

Method:
1.  Mix together ground meat, parsley, egg, calcium supplement and soy sauce.
2.  Form the mixture into  1” diameter balls.
3.  Arrange meatballs in oven grill or flat cookie pan lined with aluminium foil or baking paper.
4.  Bake in 350 deg oven for 20-30 mins or until done.  Turn balls over once for even browning.
5.  Serve with a dab of yogurt on top.


Notes:
1.   Meatballs may be served dipped lightly in plain yogurt (for probiotics) or as is as part of a meal or as a snack in between meals.  If recipe is used purely as a treat, eggshell or clacium supplement may be omitted.  Give no more than three or four meatballs at a time. 
2.   Refrigerate what will not be immediately eaten. 



Liver Squares

1 lb       Chicken liver
1 c       Rice flour
4       Eggs
2 Tbsp                Grated zucchini
2/3 tsp                Eggshell (ground or powdered)

Method:
1.  Blend all the ingredients in a food processor.
2.  Pour mixture onto a greased baking sheet with a raised edge on all sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins or until done.
3.  Cool and cut into “bitable” squares.  Store in airtight jar and refrigerate. 
Recipe makes between 1 ½ to 3 dozen squares.



Bacon Bliss

8             Slices Bacon
4             Eggs
1/8 C       Vegetable Cooking Oil
1 C          Water
1/2 C       Powdered Milk
2 C          All-purpose Flour
2 1/2 C    Wheat Germ

Method:
1.  Cook the bacon until crisp.  Allow to cool and then crumble.
2.  Beat the eggs.
3.  In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients; mix well.
4.  Form mixture into small balls or any shape you desire.
5.  Arrange balls or shapes onto greased cookie sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 15 – 20 mins.  Leave in the oven and allow to cool and harden overnight.
6.  Store what will not be immediately eaten in airtight jar.  Pieces may be frozen if desired. 

Recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen treat balls

Note:  This is a treat only recipe. 




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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2008, 02:46:37 PM »

kaffe is the soy non-gmo? Remeber 89% of soy is genetically modified (franken food). Can find all the equivalents on organicconsumers.org for the corn, soy, canola, etc. Soy can cause thyroid problems as it mimics hormones so you don't want to give a dog or cat thyroid problems either. It affects human hormones also thats why we have 8 yr old girls already showing buds when there should be nothing showing up on there upper torso at all.

I know its off topic but the recipes should be as clean as we all want the dog and cat food to be to insure its safe to feed (if that ever were to be the case for all the pet food) for our beloved babies.
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2008, 03:14:05 PM »

kaffe is the soy non-gmo? Remeber 89% of soy is genetically modified (franken food). Can find all the equivalents on organicconsumers.org for the corn, soy, canola, etc. Soy can cause thyroid problems as it mimics hormones so you don't want to give a dog or cat thyroid problems either. It affects human hormones also thats why we have 8 yr old girls already showing buds when there should be nothing showing up on there upper torso at all.

I know its off topic but the recipes should be as clean as we all want the dog and cat food to be to insure its safe to feed (if that ever were to be the case for all the pet food) for our beloved babies.

You know... you are absolutely right... although I do not know if ingesting soy sauce could disrupt thyroid hormone production...  what I do know about these goitrogens is that it is in their uncooked state that they affect the thyroid, but when cooked or processed, they lose that chemical that disrupts thyroid hormones.  I came accross that data when researching how I could bring Kaffe's thyroid hormones production down just using diet and I hit upon raw broccoli and cabbage.  Anyway, the soy sauce in the recipe is just for added flavor... one can use plain salt instead  Cheesy  Mind you, I wouldn't myself use soy sauce in any cat recipe even though Anitra Frazier thinks that's OK  Huh  But then she also thinks fasting a cat is OK  Shocked
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