You want to give your dog a treat, but you are overwhelmed by the huge number of various pet foods at the local grocery store? If all those long lists of the unpronounceable ingredients are making you tired – look no further, as the dried sweet potatoes are the perfect solution to this problem. These things are completely natural and healthy! And just like the name says, the sweet potatoes are among the most delicious of vegetables, and you should have no trouble in getting your dog to try them.
This treat is also a great option if your pooch is a chewer, as the dried sweet potatoes will take him some time to eat them.
Some Tips Before You Start:
Choosing the potatoes
You should try to find sweet potatoes that are as uniform in their shapes as possible as such specimens will aid in the whole drying process and will be dried in the same way and at the same time. Also, don’t forget to choose the ones with as few bruises and blemishes as possible.
Handling a knife
If you’re not skillful with a knife, you should start by cutting off one side of each potato to stable them during the slicing. More on that in the Preparation part of the text.
Making even pieces
The best possible way to ensure that your pieces of potato are as even as possible is to rest the knife at the place where you would like to slice it. After that, gently press the knife across its entire length. Now that you’ve made this slight cut, firmly push the knife from one to the other end.
You will need:
- Sweet potatoes
- Dried peppermint
- Dried spearmint
- Lemon juice
Start by making a marinade that you will use to coat your slices of sweet potato. To make it, take some water and add the lemon juice to it, mix it, and then add the parsley, as well as the dried peppermint and the dried spearmint. Mix all of these components together, and the marinade is over.
Like we said before, if your slicing abilities aren’t that great, you should cut your potatoes in half which will allow you to turn them onto their flat surfaces (that you’ve just created), making them stable and easy to cut into the even slices. Of course, you can cut it in any way you want, but this is the safest one.
Now that your potatoes are sliced and ready put them into the marinade and place them in the fridge, leaving them there for about an hour. After that, take a cookie sheet and cover it with that very same marinade, and place the (already marinated) sweet potatoes on it. Put them in the dehydrator, and then dry them for around five hours.
Once the slices are crunchy but not easy to break, they’re done and ready for your beloved pet!
Other fruit you can dry for your dog:
As long as the fruit is dried properly, your dog will (most probably) like it. There’s a load of different fruits that you can dry and give as a treat to your furry pet, and the best of them are broccoli, zucchini, bananas, blueberries, carrots, apples, and strawberries. All of these vegetables and fruits are nutrient-rich foods and low in calories, and the dogs can easily chew and digest them. But even though they are a very healthy option for a treat, do not give them too much of it – they should never make more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
Don’t forget that the best way to introduce your dog to dried sweet potatoes (or any other kind of dried fruit) is a slow one – if you give them too much of it in the beginning, it can make them have upset stomachs and digestive problems. You should start by giving your dog just a single slice of dried sweet potato, and if he responds well, you can give him some more. If the dog shows the symptoms like gas or any other kind of stomach upsets, immediately stop giving the treat and have a talk with your veterinarian.