It’s summer, it’s hot. But you still need homemade dog treats for Fido. Yes, you do. Certainly you don’t buy your dog treats? There are so many recalls with kibble and treats these days which makes me much more cautious with what I’m feeding my pups.
Most of you know I feed mine a raw diet but I supplement that with kibble. These days I’m feeding Hi-Tek Naturals Grain Free which gets a 5-star rating on Dog Food Advisor. It’s sourced and made in Dublin, Georgia which is kind of cool.
And to supplement their daily food rations,of course, they get treats.And I usually make them myself. It’s so easy and they absolutely know when I’m baking just for them.
But the recipe here is a no bake recipe! Gotta love that! No need to turn on the oven and heat up the kitchen during these hot summer days. I put them on a cookie sheet and froze them, then put them in a zip loc bag and back into the freezer for storage. I just pull out the bag and grab the portion I need and everyone is happy!
Yes, heaven – to die for – can’t live without, you get the picture! And I’m talking about homemade marshmallows! I made them yesterday and finished cutting them and dusting them this morning.
While cutting them, my Greyhounds were patiently standing behind me waiting to be the taste testers. As to be expected, they loved them! I think all of us had at least three each during the testing process but in the end, we all agree, the marshmallows passed without a doubt!
They are most delightful – light and airy and yummy, yummy, good! As always, much better than store bought! And just in time for the S’more season! I have a friend who has been hosting Wine and S’more Bar parties around their beautiful outdoor fire pit. What a great idea I thought! And wouldn’t homemade marshmallows really impress your guests! They are so easy, trust me. I’d never suggest something difficult for a party. You’ll have enough to worry about that day besides how the marshmallows turn out! Remember, though, they can be made the day before!
I honestly can’t believe I’ve never made these and it’s another one of those things on my list that I’ve always wanted to make and now I have. They are super easy and as I said, the end result is well worth it. You will probably never go back to store bought mushies (that’s what I call them) once you’ve tasted these!!
My Greyhounds are hoping I don’t and that I will continue to make these wonderful sweet confections just for them! I probably will. Remember, it’s all about the dogs . . .
In a medium sized saucepan soak the gelatin in the water. After the gelatin has softened (approximately 10 minutes) add the regular sugar and then gently dissolve over low heat for approximately 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Add vanilla.
In a mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Then fold in the sifted confectioners’ sugar. While the mixer is on low, slowly poor in the cooled gelatin mixture. Increase the speed and beat until white and thick. The volume should double in size.
Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with high sides with foil, grease slightly with butter (or PAM), and coat with confectioners’ sugar. Alternatively, you can use a baking sheet, but the marshmallows will not be as tall. Pour marshmallow mixture in and top with more sifted confectioners’ sugar. Leave out overnight or for at least 3 hours to set. The marshmallow should be light and spongy when set.
Loosen marshmallow from edges of tray and invert onto a large cutting board. Peel off foil and use a large knife to cut the marshmallows into cubes. Dredge each piece in confectioners’ sugar.
My Greyhounds, all three of them, adore these wonderful sweet potato treats. They are actually dehydrated sweet potato slices. I’ve bought them in the past from online and local sources but they tend to be a little on the expensive side. I even bought a dehydrator, way back when, with the intent to dehydrate my own treats for my pups. It’s so much healthier and again, less costly. I wasn’t so successful with the sweet potato treats, the one time I did use the dehydrator. Seems I didn’t have them dried out enough and they molded a bit. Eek!
And I won’t even start to tell you about the experience dehydrating liver. That will NEVER happen again in this household. I will just buy dehydrated liver treats at the store! Lesson learned! To this day, the dehydrator sits in the storage closet!
Back to the sweet potato treats, I decided to use the ole gas oven to dehydrate them – yes, doing it the old fashioned way. And I think they turned out quite nice. Just slice the sweet potatoes (skin on) about a quarter of an inch thick. Place on a greased cookie sheet and place in a preheated oven at 175 degrees or less. The slower the temperature, the longer you bake them. I baked this batch for about 8 hours.
And I’m happy to report, all three of mine have given them a “paws up”. They meet their approval! I’ll definitely make these again for my four-leggers. After all, they deserve homemade yummy treats too!