Frugal Day 19: Puppy Treats (pt2)

I’ve had some funny and somewhat unexpected conversations with colleagues recently about dogs and sweet potatoes. Apparently you can get pureed sweet potatoes in the canned vegetable section. Some people talk about this as if it’s the best thing since sliced bread! I, on the other hand, am not sure how boiling potatoes and mashing them is so difficult, but to each their own!

sweet potatoesI would imagine, not having thoroughly reviewed the canned vegetable department before writing this, that the cheapest way to get mashed sweet potato would still be to buy a sweet potato and mash it?! Likewise, the cheapest way to make other sweet potato treats would be to start from the source.

This convo came up several times in my dismay over the cost of sweet potato dog treats, and in asking fellow dog owners for their suggestions. These are super easy to make yourself.

split screen picture: a sweet potato and baked sweet potato chips

Sweet Potato Chips/Jerky

  • Slice sweet potatoes to 1/4″ thick with a mandolin or sharp knife
  • Lay flat on parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • (Optional) Season with sea salt, cinnamon or sugar 
  • Bake in 250 degree oven, for 1 ½ hours
    • for crispy chips (pictured) leave in oven after turning it off
    • for a chewy chips, remove from oven and let cool
  • These keep in an air tight tub for up to 2 weeks.

One thing is true, among most other foods, my puppy loves sweet potatoes! She gobbles down the chip variety and as quickly as possible chews through the jerky ones. At this rate of consumption, I’d rather make them than buy them!

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