With all of the circulating reports of dogs falling ill or even dying after eating jerky treats, I no longer feel confident feeding Chile most store-bought chews. She is a dog, however, and loves to have chewy treats to gnaw on and I like them because they keep her busy if we are out at a restaurant with her or shopping, etc. I decided to try making some sweet potato chews at home and it was actually pretty simple. Chile loved them and my husband and I even ate some as a snack ourselves.
The “recipe” is as follows:
- Pre-heat oven to 250° F
- Scrub the sweet potato (I used one large, organic sweet potato), no need to peel.
- Cut the sweet potato into the desired size, I cut them into chip-sized discs because Chile has a smaller mouth. The ones you see sold in stores are usually cut lengthwise to make them look like jerky. The thinner you cut the slices the shorter your baking time.
- Place the slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 250° F for three hours (slightly chewy) or longer for crunchier. Keep an eye on them because your cooking time will vary depending on your oven and the thickness of your slices.
One single, simple ingredient that’s delicious and nutritious! (Much cheaper than buying a bag at the store too!)