Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gifts From the Kitchen - Homemade Pet Treats

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, today we are cooking up some special treats for the pets in your life.

Daisy and George's favorites are the liver treats from Bullwrinkle.  These freeze nicely, so you can keep some in your fridge and freeze the rest of a big batch.  They are quick and easy to make, so you won't mind giving them away to your pet's friends.  Or your friend's pets.

I don't normally cut these into little heart shapes, but for gift giving I decided to go all out.  My poor doggies get the cut up outlines, but they don't seem to mind.

George is hilarious with these.  Daisy can catch just about anything, even while laying down.  She is very nonchalant about it, like a major league player catching with the kid from the rec team.  George, however, is so food motivated and impulsive that he often snaps at the treat too soon and it bounces off his snout.  Every catch lifts him out of his sit as he scrambles for the treat. I just had to show you:

Another easy favorite of theirs is sweet potato chips.  I just slice a sweet potato with my mandolin, lay out the slices on a cookie sheet, and place them in the oven on the lowest possible temperature for several hours.  Flip them when you think of it.  These can be saved in an airtight container or frozen.

For your favorite felines, check out some of the recipes here.  Gracie and I decided to make a batch of Sardine Surprise Treats for Maggie, Tiger, and Snicker. 

The internet is an amazing thing.  It turns out there are also recipes for hamster treats, homemade fish treats and treats for reptiles.  We aren't making those, but knock yourself out.

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