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Bake Some Homemade Dog Treats in a New York Minute!

egg-944495_640With all the recent dog food and treat recalls, you may be thinking about making your own treats for your K9 family member(s).

A few simple ingredients (you might already have in your kitchen) and five minutes in the microwave and you have yummy, homemade dog treats with NO preservatives, additives or questionable ingredients or chemicals.

And, from the reaction of our resident Great Danes (who of course volunteered to taste-test), it’s a home run!

Quickie K9 Treats:

  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup stone ground cornmeal
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered skim milk
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and set aside until room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. (I added parsley; you could also add mint, chopped nuts, garlic or carrots or some other favorite ingredient your dog loves.)

Make a well in the dry ingredients and gradually stir in oil, eggs and cooled bouillon until well-blended.

Knead dough on a floured surface, about 4-5 minutes, until dough sticks together and is easy to work with.dough-529948_640

Roll dough to between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thickness.

Cut-out treats with your favorite cookie cutter (or just use a shot glass like I did) and place on a microwave-proof surface in the microwave (I used a dinner plate).

Microwave for 5 minutes.*

Remove and cool. Store in sealed plastic bags or containers.

* Here’s the cooking directions from the original recipe: microwave 5 minutes at medium heat. Turn over each biscuit and then microwave for another 5 minutes and turn again. Microwave another 2-5 minutes. Remove, cool and store. I found simply microwaving at 5 minutes full power worked nicely, so why spend extra time? My microwave is small (just large enough for a dinner plate) and only 900 watts.

Safe Treats? Make Your Own!

With all the recent recalls, many pet owners wonder if there truly is a “safe” treat.

Why not make your own?

It doesn’t have to be diffiHappy-Dog-Picturecult or even expensive with a dehydrator. Don’t have one? No problem, warm up that oven and create healthy and safe treats for your dog.

Jerky is one of the easiest treats you can make for your pet. Take meat or even sweet potatoes, cut into strips of even thickness; coat baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Bake your strips for 6-7 hours checking and turning each strip every hour so they dry evenly.

NOTE: Do NOT bake or dehydrate jerky treats to where they are excessively dry and hard; sharp edges could potentially injure your dog’s sensitive digestive system.

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“Bone” appetit!