A Homemade Dog Treat: Pup Pops
|This one's for the dogs. All humans please wait outside.|
Like many red-blooded Americans I have dogs. Two to be exact; a dalmatian mix and a chihuahua mix. Troy (the dalmatian) and Enrique (the chihuahua) aren't just animals that happen to share the same space as me. They're full-fledged members of the family that get (almost) the same consideration as any other loved one. I'd wager most of you dog-loving readers feel the exact same way.
My dogs have it so good, in fact, that I will take the time to actually bake treats for them. I probably cook for my dogs more than I do for myself. Why do I bake dog treats, though? Simply put, most of the current treats on the market are absolute piles of crap. Even the dog treats labeled as "healthy" are loaded with fillers and preservatives. What's worse is that many popular brands aren't even made here in the good ol' U.S. of A. Many dog treat brands are actually manufactured in countries like China. Remember the chicken jerky dog treats that killed so many dogs years ago? Those were made in a factory in China, and the chickens were pumped full of antibiotics that were banned in the U.S.
Baking dog treats myself means that I don't have to worry about what's inside my dog's treats. I bought all of the ingredients myself, I put it all together, I baked it in my oven. I know exactly what's gone into that batch of homemade dog treats. I don't have to worry about a batch of my homemade dog treats being recalled or anything like that.
The best reason, though, for baking my own dog treats is the cost. The dog treats sold in stores are freaking expensive. I don't know about you folks, but I don't have that much disposable income in Obama's economy. It's a hell of a lot cheaper to buy a couple pounds of flour, some broth, and maybe some meat or veggies than it is to buy a box of designer treats. Give me $10 and an hour or so of baking time, and I can pump out enough dog treats to keep my pups happy for a few weeks.
Baking homemade dog treats is something that everyone can do. You don't need a lot of time or money to be able to do it. What you do need, though, are recipes. That's why I'm starting a new feature. Once a week I'll post one of my many homemade dog treat recipes, along with a set of instructions, and a shopping list. I'll leave it to you, dear reader, to put it all together for your pups. I'll also include some affiliate links with each future post so you can buy large quantities of ingredients for any recipes you really like.
Without further ado, I present to you this week's first homemade dog treat. Spring is here, and it's starting to get a little warm out there. This recipe is a nice, simple way for you to cool your dog down.
The Pup Pop
What You'll Need
- One chicken, beef, or vegetable bullion cube
- One cup of water
- Alternatively you can also use one cup of chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
- Medium sauce pan
- Ice cube tray
|Step 1: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil|
|Step 2: Toss in the bullion cube and boil until dissolved.|
Note that if you're just using broth all you need to do is bring it to a boil. No need to add water.
|Step 3: Remove the broth from heat and let it cool. Skip this step if you want to pour boiling hot broth into an ice cube tray.|
|Step 4: Pour the broth into an ice cube tray once it's cool|
|Step 5: Stick them in the freezer until they're frozen solid. Remove from the tray and serve.|
Yes I have heart-shaped ice cube trays. It's heart-shaped because it's made with love. Love for my dogs. So stop snickering, I can hear you. Jerks.
Here's a few pics of my two dogs scarfing down these homemade dog treats:
|This one's Troy, the dalmatian.|
|And here's Enrique, the chihuahua. I swear it's a chihuahua...|
I usually do my shopping at Wal-Mart. For this recipe I used a cube of Wyler's Beef Bullion, which sells for about $1.98 for a jar of 25. Each cube makes one cup of broth. If you don't want to go with the bullion you could also use just regular broth. The Great Value brand of broth costs about $1.48 for around 12 ounces.
The only problem with bullion and packaged broths is they can be very high in sodium. If you're going to go this route definitely buy the reduced sodium stuff. Otherwise you could always make your own broth. Just boil some bones and/or meat scraps for an hour or so. You'll end up with a nice, healthy broth that your dogs will love. You can freeze any leftovers and thaw for later use.
So that's my first homemade dog treat recipe. Like I said earlier I'll be posting one of these per week to help all you other dog parents out. It's also a nice little break from politics. Let me know what you think below. You can also post a pic of your dogs enjoying this little recipe on my Twitter feed @trigwarnblog, or over on my Facebook page.