Friday, June 14, 2013

Homemade Dog Treats

Doting on my dogs makes me happy;  and I feel good giving them things that are good for them.

Homemade dog treats, for example.

Dog treats fresh out of the oven.

I made a bunch of beef bone broth the other day, and each jar had a thick layer of rich, nutritious fat rise  to the top and solidify.

Bone broth with a thick layer of fat on top.

It's not something I care to consume (some beef fats I love, like tallow; not this, though).  But, I know it's something my dogs would happily devour.  Rather than offer them a spoon to lick, I decided to make it stretch into 2 dozen dog treats.

Easy to skim once it cools and solidifies.

Fat from the bone broth.

Some of the players; cultured milk, buttermilk (from making butter), eggs and flour.

In the oven getting delicious.

Dog treats cooling and making them drool.

I didn't mark the bag... hubby thought I made him cookies.  Thankfully he asked before trying one!

Six of our eight... just waiting for those treats to be shared.

In my house, 2 dozen dogs treats lasts 3 days if I give each dog one per day!  Oy.  Nevertheless...

2 pastured eggs
1 cup raw milk (I used cultured milk that was past prime for drinking*)
1/2 cup water (actually, this time I used buttermilk - not the kind you use to make pancakes, but the kind that separates from the cream when you make raw butter)
1 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup [grass-fed] beef fat (in this case, from bone broth)
5 cups flour (or enough to form stiff dough)
1 teaspoon coconut oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in milk (raw - fresh or cultured), water, salt, and beef fat (you can also use other forms of animal fat [from a healthy, grass-fed or pastured animal] - bacon fat, for example) until well blended. Gradually stir in flour to make a stiff dough. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll into 1 inch balls. Flatten slightly and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on racks. Store in a covered container or zip lock bag in the refrigerator.

The dogs love them!  And I love giving them to them because there are no funky ingredients like those found in the commercial brands.

*you can use "past prime" milk when working with raw milk.  However, if you have pasteurized milk that is beyond drinkable, then pitch it.  Its putrid and not safe for consumption, even for the dogs.

They are a huge hit around here!

Linking up with:  From the Farm Blog HopFreedomFridays, WeekendWonders, FoodieFriendsFriday, TheCharmOfHome, RattlebridgeFarm, FoodieFriday, FridayFavorites, AnnKroeker, JustWingingIt, WeekendPotluck, TheBestBlogRecipes,  The Chicken Chick, Natural Living Monday, Super Sunday Party


Mandy Coffey said...

Look at those cutsie doggies! I bet they LOVED these biscuits. Why to use what would other wise be waste! Thanks for sharing with!


Musings by Robert said...

Our three dogs would love these!

Heather Whoneedsacape said...

awww Doggy treats are the best ;) Would LOVE to have you drop these off at Super Sunday (live right now at Who Needs a Cape?).

Saw you at The Best Blog Recipes!

Diane Balch said...

They are some seriously lucky dogs... these look so good I would make sure to label them for dogs... or one of my kids might eat them. Thanks for sharing these on foodie friday.

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

They look good enough to eat! Lucky dogs. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Hug a tree with me said...

Your dogs are beautiful, I bet it is never a dull moment living with 8 of them. I love DIY recipes and I have it on my list of to do's to start making my pooch her own treats. Thanks for inspiring me some more. Roechelle @

Marlys @ Thisand That said...

I don't have any animals but I am sure that any dog would gulp these up in a heart beat. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I hope that you will join us again this coming week.

Heather Whoneedsacape said...

I'm so glad you made it over to Super Sunday with your cute doggy treats ;)

Can't wait to see what you bring us next week!!!

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