We all love our fur babies. Whether you have a dog, cat, ferret, or other type of fur baby, we only want what is best for them.
With the outrageous costs of dog treats, it’s more economical to make them yourself in the comfort of your home.
I’ve made a list of essential kitchen tools you’ll need to start making your own dog treats at home. Whether you know someone who wants to start, or maybe this is for you, you will be well on your way to making your dog happy with homemade dog treats.
Most of the items you might already have sitting on your kitchen counter, but if you don’t, now is the time to get them with all the Christmas sales, especially some of the higher priced items.
Essential Items for making Homemade Dog Treats:
- Instant Pot
- Food processor
- Digital scale
- Silicone molds
- Wooden utensils
- Cake frosting knife
- Quart wide mouth Mason jars
- Jerky Gun
An Instant Pot is a must. There are so many things you can do with an Instant Pot like make yogurt, bone broth, or cook cabbage to name a few. It’s basically a speedy Crockpot. It works by pressure cooking foods, speeding up the process and saving you time in the kitchen.
The IP will soon become your best friend.
A food processor is used for chopping up vegetables and fruits. You can also use the food processor for chopping up liver and kidneys too.
The blender is a staple item in making homemade dog treats. It doesn’t matter what brand you have, but you do want a high-speed blender that can handle things like cooked bones for bone broth, liver and kidneys, and chopped ice.
While some treats require a certain amount of ingredients to be added, you will find the need for a food scale. They sell both old school food scales and digital, but if you want accurate amounts, I highly recommend a digital food scale.
Look for one that has multiple weighing options and is easy to clean. Believe me, you will get drippings on it, so having one that you can just wipe off is a necessary requirement.
EatSmart’s Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale has weighing options of ounces, grams, pounds, kilograms with a maximum of 15 lbs/ 7 kg. And most importantly, is easy to clean with its stainless steel platform that’s over 7″ wide to accommodate mixing bowls and plates.
Today is your lucky day because I am giving away (along with EatSmart products) this EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale. We will talk about that at the end. But if you can’t wait, details are listed below.
A Crockpot will be needed that is large enough to hold a chicken or turkey carcass when you make bone broth, 6 quarts is a good start.
Silicone molds are used for either freezing, baking, or dehydrating treats. They can be found at your local craft store or online at places like Amazon, under baking.
Look for ones that can be used for both freezing and baking.
Wooden utensils are for using with your IP and Crockpot. Wooden utensils don’t scratch like metal utensils and can be used with any type of ingredient without affecting taste.
Wooden utensils are a must in my kitchen!
A Cake frosting knife is perfect to use with your silicone molds. They make it easier to smooth the tops and remove any excess off before baking or dehydrating.
Wide mouth quart mason jars are used for storing your baked or dehydrated treats to help keep them fresh. You’ll also find them handy for many other things. I use them for making kefir.
A dehydrator is for the die-hard dog treat making mama or papa.
There are many different options for dehydrators. There are basic dehydrators with no temperature control like Nesco or Ronco. Then there are the ultimate dehydrators, like Cabela’s, Lem, and Excalibur with temperature control and multiple metal shelving.
Price is a major factor when purchasing a dehydrator, as things like temperature control and shelves add to the price.
If you’re just starting out with a dehydrator, get one you can afford. You don’t have to break the bank to get a dehydrator. Keeping an eye out for sales around Holidays can help you get a break on the price.
Nesco makes an affordable dehydrator that many people recommend for starting out. I started out with a used Nesco dehydrator that cost me $5.00. After that one passed on (about 3 weeks after I brought it home), I purchased one as a Christmas present to myself.
And my doggies of course!
A jerky gun is used for making dehydrated dog treats with ground meat. You can get creative and mix the meat with herbs, vegetables or fruit, and supplements like spirulina, kelp, or turmeric.
Once you get all these essential tools, you will be well on your way to making your very own homemade dog treats.
Keeping with the spirit of the Holiday season, EatSmart Products is letting me host a give away where one lucky winner will receive one (1) EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale.
All you have to do is follow the rules listed below in the Rafflecopter Give Away and enter by leaving your answer to the following question, “What is the first homemade treat you are going to make for your dog?” in the comment section below. Make sure you get credit for answering the question by marking the appropriate box in the Rafflecopter section.
Giveaway starts December 15, 2017 (Friday) and ends December 22, 2017 (Friday at 12 a.m. EST), so hurry up and enter and share on your social media pages to let your friends know too. Be sure to check back for results following closing date. Open to U.S. residents only.
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Photos of Dehydrated Dog Treats by Bev Wood (top left) & Wendy Szarvasbika Vizslas (bottom right).
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