Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Doggie Treats, anyone?
I've been making Ruby's doggie treats for years. One reason is economical, but the most important reason is, Ruby absolutely loves them. She turns down Snausages, Bacon treats, Milkbone, and almost any purchased dog treat on the market.
Even if your dog likes name brand treats, you might give these a try. They're so very easy to make.
2 C. flour
1 C. grated cheese, any cheddar will do
1/2 tsp. salt
1 individual size serving of apple sauce
Mix the above ingredients until a somewhat soft dough forms. The exact porportions are not important.
Pat or roll out the dough until approximately 1/4 inch thickness. Parchment, Silpat, or use a cooking spray of your choice. It should form somewhat of a rectangle.
The dough can be scored lightly with a butter knife or a pizza cutter. I forgot to take a picture of the scoring part. You can skip this part if you want, but scoring makes the cooked treats a little easier to cut after baking. Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes or so. It should be brown around the edges and the cheese bits on top should be starting to brown too.
Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Here's the important part: Since there are NO preservatives, they should be kept in the freezer, in a ziplock bag. I usually portion about 10 at a time in a little container in the refrigerator and use those for Ruby. As many treats that can be used up in about 5 days is a good amount for the fridge. The rest of the treats will stay nice and fresh in the freezer. Re-fill the fridge supply as needed.
Doesn't your dog deserve homemade treats?