Unfortunately these treats are quite expensive in pet stores. 680g of these delicious chewy treats can run a pet owner nearly $30, which is a bit ridiculous when you consider the cost of sweet potatoes at the grocery store. If convenience has you running back to the shelves at your local pet store, hold on a minute! Making these awesome chews is easier and MUCH less expensive then you think! You can buy a pound of sweet potato at the grocery store for $1 - $2 in most locations, which makes a good amount of sweet potato chews! The savings are HUGE! In comparison, a $30 bag of store brand sweet potato chews can end up costing you $5 or less if you decide to make them yourself at home.
I decided to make my own for the first time, so allow me to guide you through the process so that you can make your own as well!
I sliced the sweet potato length-wise, approximately 1/4 of an inch thick. 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 an inch is ideal for these chews, since they shrink quite a bit when they lose their moisture.
If you have a dehydrator, use that! Since I don't have one, the oven works just as well. This is a great treat to make several batches at a time on a Sunday morning when you won't be needing the oven for awhile.
They should shrink in size and look shriveled in appearance as they lose their moisture. Thinner pieces will be ready faster and thicker pieces may take a bit longer to dehydrate. The thicker, the better... a thick chewy treat will last longer!
Freezing them will also prolong their "shelf life". Regardless, they keep very well for a few weeks. With these delicious snacks, that is probably more than enough time to get through them. They are a great chew to give your dog every single day!
Do-It-Yourself Sweet Potato Dog Chews
- Slice sweet potato length wise, approximately 1/4 -1/2 inch thick.
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit or lowest heat setting.
- Place slices on wire rack or greased cookie sheet.
- Turn slices over approximately 3-4 hours after putting them in the oven.
- Check them at 6-8 hours in, they should be done.
- Cool on wire rack or plate for one hour.
- Store in Tupperware container, Ziploc bag - in refrigerator or freezer.
- Give one to your dog!
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