Are all the pet food recalls making you wary of what you feed your pets? By making your own homemade dog treats, not only can you avoid all the nasty plastics and other chemicals that are so often finding their way into the food supply, but you can control what exactly goes into them. This way, you can take the medical needs of your pet in mind and make sure that what they get is both healthy and tasty. Making homemade dog treats is not very different from baking for humans. The only real variation is the ingredients, as you can see below.
2 Jars Strained Beef or Chicken Baby Food
10 Tbsp Water
6 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray a half sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper to keep your homemade dog treats from sticking to the pan so they can be removed easily.
Mix egg, vegetable oil, baby food, and water in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Bring the ingredients together, but do not beat the egg into a froth.
Mix salt, flour, and powdered milk in a separate bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients on top of the dry and scrape out the bowl.
Stir all ingredients together until they come together in a smooth, uniform dough, but do not overmix them.
Pour out dough onto a floured countertop and roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. It doesn’t need to be exact, but you want to be able to cook your homemade dog treats thoroughly without burning the edges.
Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Depending on the flavor of baby food you used, you could use different shapes, but the classic bone is the traditional shape for homemade dog treats.
Place your cut shapes onto the pan and bake each batch of homemade dog treats for 20 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges.
Cook your homemade dog treats thoroughly on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container.