Homemade Salmon Treats


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On February 24, 2014
Last modified:February 26, 2014

Summary:

The flavor and ingredients were a hit with the dogs and with me. The technical aspects of the recipe simply don't work. Will tweak this and post a re-do of the recipe.

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Brown rice flour, wild pink salmon and sweet potato

 I decided to try making my own dog biscuits to see how convenient and/or cheap it is compared to store bought. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a bag of dog biscuits or cookies before. I generally buy freeze dried liver treats, training treats, Greenies and raw hides. Any who, I was very concerned that I’d be wasitng both my money and my efforts in making biscuits like these and I was afraid Argos would spit them out the way he spits out a treat when I grab the car keys and not his leash.

I came across this dog treat recipe on Pinterest from DesignSponge and I decided to try this particular one because it called for salmon and buckwheat flour. I knew right away Argos wouldn’t be able to resist the salmon…unless I grabbed the car keys and not his leash (he spits out whatever treat I give him if I am leaving without him). The original recipe from DesignSponge calls for parsley and buckwheat flour and I didn’t have either so I made due with what I did have.

Boy! I almost did not go through with this. I opened the can of salmon and the smell just took over the whole apartment. I hate that fishy smell. While I cringed away from the can, the smell of the salmon was like a siren call to Ellie and Argos. Immediately they were at my feet sniffing at the air.

I put the salmon, potato and eggs in the blender and blended away. I decided to put the flour in a mixing bowl and pour the blended salmon mixture over it. I worked the flour into the salmon mixture until it resembled dough. I made these on Valentine’s Day and I really wished I had some festive cookie cutters but alas! This is not a cookie cutter type of home. I made due with the 1 oz side of a jigger.

Salmon & Sweet Potato Dog Treats According to DesignSponge

  • 3 cups Brown Rice flour (or Buckwheat flour or any flour you’d like to use), plus extra for flouring the counter and rolling out
  • 1 14-ounce can wild-caught salmon drained
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped parsley

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until fully combined.

2. Transfer the mixture to a lidded container. Refrigerate for one hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line several cookie sheets with either a silicone mat (such as a Silpat) or parchment paper. Set aside.

4. Transfer the mixture to a floured surface. Lightly press a bit of flour into the mixture and onto your hands to prevent sticking.

5. Using a rolling pin, roll the mixture until about 1/8-inch thick. You may need to turn the dough over several times and add flour to the counter to keep the dough from sticking. Be prepared for messy hands!

6. Cut out shapes in the dough using a cutter in whatever motif you prefer. I used circles and stars here. Dog bone cutters would be cute, as would seasonally themed shapes, such as pumpkins for Halloween or trees for the holiday season. This is a nice touch if you intend to gift the treats to another dog-loving friend.

7. Place on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes, until the dog treats are hard like a gingersnap. It’s imperative that the treats are completely dry before storage; otherwise, they could go bad.

8. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container. Use within several weeks.

 Cost

  1. 1 Sweet Potato:  .69 cents
  2. 1 Wild Alaskan Salmon 14.75 oz can: $3.29
  3. 2 eggs: .38 cents
  4. 3 cups Brown Rice Flour: $4.26

For amount of treats you can get out of this mixture, they are some cheap treats. I, as usually, didn’t follow directions and had to throw most of them away. It’s both my fault and whoever thought of this recipe. Even after refrigerating the mixture like the instructions called for, the mixture was too moist to be rolled out with a pin and neatly cut out with a cookie cutter.

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Top treats by Chris, bottom treats by me.

Chris gave the cookie cutting part a try first. He had to add about 1 more cup of flour in order to be able to cut something out. The top crackers are the treats he made. He soon gave up and I took over. I decided I was not gonna add anymore flour so I made small little patties. The little, perfectly round cookie-looking treats were my doing. There was only one problem with my patties; darn things didn’t cook through right. They were in the oven for an hour and when I pulled them out, they were still soft in the middle.

I gave up. Not sure if the treats were safe for consumption, I threw them out and kept Chris’s deformed crackers in a hermetic jar. The dogs love them. The ingredients in the recipe made for a tasty dog treat but the instructions and quantity of the ingredients didn’t work. Until I can figure out the true proportions, this recipe gets no paws of approval.

Salmon crackers in the dogs' treat hermetic jar. The jar keeps moist things moist and crunchy things crunchy.

Salmon crackers in the dogs’ hermetic treat jar. The jar keeps moist things moist and crunchy things crunchy.

3 Comments Homemade Salmon Treats

  1. Miranda A

    It was worth a shot! Those would have been very cheap treats!

    I’ve found that a lot of dog treat recipes online aren’t quite right. I don’t know if it’s because I live at a higher altitude (Denver, CO) or what.

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  2. Chewy the Golden

    I am a champion air sniffer in my house! As well as a champion treat eater. Those ingredients sound like a scrumptious combo!

    Maybe your patties would work if you flattened them out really thin.

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  3. Sherrill

    This was a great jump start for me as I was looking for a method using only brown rice and canned salmon, an allergy diet the vet has her on. I improvised on Norma’s recipe. My dog loves it cooked or raw. I pureed in cuisinart: cooked brown rice, a 2 to 1 ratio of water and canola oil, and then folded canned salmon fillets in. Bake for 30 min. @350 until mostly done, then place on toaster oven rack until crispy. Super!

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