Ok dog lover friends, here is a recipe I have painstakingly developed. It’s a very healthy treat for dogs, and best of all, dogs LOVE IT!!
Full disclosure here – we don’t have a dog, but we have lots of friends and family who own dogs. I love giving these treats out to the dogs who come to visit. As a result, I have a much deeper friendship with the dogs in my life. They really like me (they like me anyway, but now they like me even more).
It is also a wonderful gift for your dog owner friends and relatives. Good for housewarming and hostess gifts, as well and Christmas and other special times. People really like receiving these dog treats.
It all started with our Thanksgiving turkey, and my daughter Lorraine’s forays into bone broth. She took bones and cooked them in the crock pot for several days, until they were so soft she could blend them like mashed potatoes. So, knowing this, I took our turkey, including bones, skin, cartilage, all the leftover stuff people won’t eat, and cooked it very slowly in the crock pot. It took several days before the bones were soft. I poured off most of the broth, leaving just enough to keep the mixture workable, then blended the bones until they became a paste. I added a little more broth as I went along, to keep it moist and workable.
At this point I separated it into several portions, experimenting with each portion. Each one turned out successful, in that dogs LOVE them all. However, some were more difficult and time consuming to make.These are my tests and how they turned out, in order of how successful they were (also in reverse order of how I made them). In the future I will only make version 1, because it is by far the easiest, and it’s the best for dogs.
I added a small amount of flour to the bone mixture, and cooked it on the stove, stirring regularly, until it became thick. After cooling, I used a rolling pin to roll it out into a thin sheet like pastry dough, cut it into small squares, then dried the pieces in the dehydrator. This worked well.
This version I put into the small take-out containers (get these at a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby). This makes an adorable gift, and is something that your dog owner (and their dog) will enjoy until they are all gobbled up.
I drained the broth off as much as possible until I had a bone paste, then pressed the paste into a pan, cut it into small squares, and baked it until dry. These are very crumbly, but dogs don’t care! You can see this version in the photo of the small ziplock bags. The treats show in the bags which makes them very appealing. This packaging method is perfect for small gifts (they are like samples), to be used up in one or two training (or play) sessions.
I added flour until it became a dough. I had to keep adding and adding and adding, until it was more than half flour. At last it got to be dough, and I rolled it out, cut it into small squares and dried the pieces in the dehydrator. They took forever to dry. Dogs love these treats even though the turkey taste is not as rich. This method makes a lot – the flour extends it to twice or three times the amount you start with – but it’s really difficult, and not the best treat for dogs because of the large amount of flour. You can see this version in the photo of the kraft tin-tie bags with windows.