Easy Zucchini and Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Here in good ole Oklahoma, it is full on farmers market season! Fresh produce is in abundance! As much as I just love that about this time of year, I also hate to have too much, it sit on the counter, and go to waste. I had to go out-of-town for a few days, to do some dog daycare/boarding facility interviews. Did you know that I will be implementing a new section on the blog? This section will have accumulative posts, that will each contain interviews and reviews of facilities that might be possible options to love your pets when you are out and about and need a sitter. But let me get us back on track for this post! When I got back home from my trip, I realized that I had produce on the counter that was going to need to be used asap. Coincidentally, I was also out of dog treats. You see where this is going, right? Let me review, briefly, why I love to make my own dog treats. I know exactly what is in them, I can put only what I want there to be in them, and it is so much cheaper than buying them!
So, what exactly is in my easy zucchini and sweet potato dog treats that I made today? Zucchini and sweet potatoes. That is it. If we are completely real, the dogs don’t need a bunch of extra “flavor”, but if you like, you could toss these in a tad of olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. With an emphasis on easy here, I chose just to slice, dry, and feed. I don’t know what it is like at your house, but at mine, the pack thinks that they should have a treat every time they come back in the house from outdoor potty breaks. With healthy, one ingredient treats, I don’t feel like I am over indulging them with treats.
The dogs were interested from the get go! Of course, for Hendrix and Saity, anything that is happening in the kitchen is, in their opinions, all about what I am fixing for them. Bonnie is a lot more laid back and picky when it comes to food. It has to be very aromatic or she has to be pretty hungry to bother with begging.
Preparing the easy zucchini and sweet potato dog treats
As you can see by the pictures, I used my dehydrator for these treats. While this dehydrator always gets the job done, my next dehydrator will not be sectioned off. I feel like I will be able to get a lot more treats dried in one setting with non-sectioned trays. I do, however, love that it is square and not round.
I used a mandolin to cut the produce, but a knife can be used. I find that the mandolin is a fantastic tool to have in the kitchen. Here is an affiliate link to a nice one. If you don’t like this one, Amazon has several other options to choose from.
When cutting up the zucchini and sweet potatoes, I cut some long ways, and then remembered that they would fit better in my dehydrator if they were round, so I
changed it up. Either way works just fine. After everything was all cut up, I layered them onto the dehydrator and turned it on. I find that when dehydrating “chip” style items, it is okay to layer a bit, as when they start drying out, they shrink. After turning on the dehydrator, I went about my day. I came back 3-4 hours later, and rotated the trays, moving the trays from the top, closer to the bottom, where it is warmer. If you don’t have, or maybe want another food dehydrator, here is an affiliate link for a nice one.
When I go to buy my next dehydrator, I will splurge a bit more, as I use it all the time!
I left the treats in the dehydrator all day, and they turned out perfect! Hendrix agrees! After your zucchini and sweet potato dog treats cool completely, store in an air tight container. And you know what I just LOVE about these easy zucchini and sweet potato treats? I eat them, also! They are like chips! Dogs think I am sharing my food with them!