Monday, 22 August 2016

{RECIPE} Salmon Snackers Dog Treats


I have had this cute little fish sitting in my cookie cutter jar for ages (a little AliExpress pressie from hubby for my pet treat baking) and it was just begging for some fishilicious treats.  The dough was a little tricky to pop out without cracking the tails, so I use the side of a knife which left a small mark that made me think fish bones...so I used my knife to trace a design on each fish, just for fun!  The little bubble bites are made with my fondant/cookie plunger cutters, which is my go-to method for using the in-betweens of rolled dough after cutting shapes as well as rapidly making small treats for carrying on walks/runs.

Salmon Snackers

1 small (95g) can of water packed salmon (or tuna if you prefer), undrained
1 egg
2 tbsp flax
1 tsp kelp powder (optional)
Approximately 3/4 cup rice flour

Preheat over to 180C. Mix all ingredients together until very well combined (a food processor works very well), incrementally adding the flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. Flour quantity will depending on the salmon and your add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water/stock to adjust. Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 10 minutes (and a little longer for the larger fish treats).  Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven.  Cool before storage and serving.


Tips and Tricks:
  • Rice flour is a great option for making a smooth rolling dough. 
  • Dipping the cookie cutter lightly in flour before you cut will help with release, especially if cutting complex shapes. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use.
Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.


P.S.  Check out our collaboration with Creativity Unmasked on how to make a recycled t-shirt quilt (or bed bed cushion cover).  It's perfect for a little virtual snuggle for pets who can't seem to get enough of their fur-parents, and a good way to get a little extra use out of those old shirts.  Green in Real Life will be sharing uses for t-shirt scraps showing how we used the offcuts from this project, and we are helping out with a special off-cut DIY for you coming on Friday...here's a sneak peek:

 

4 comments:

  1. Too many treats to choose from! :-) What are your dog's favorites or maybe the easiest to start with?

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    1. It all depends on your dog, any dietary/health factors, and what ingredients you typically have in your kitchen. One of our favourites (and the treat I probably make most often) is jerky for dogs - very simple and healthy.

      Other treats are for fun, variety, special occasions etc as well as the important practical use of taking with us on walks/runs. For out and about, I like to take little baked biscuits, although a pocket full of jerky would probably also make me very popular with all the dogs in the hood! :) Be easy on yourself too - dogs are all about the taste/smell, so making them pretty or cute is more us us humans than it is for them. Hope that helps, and have fun!

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  2. What is the storage method of these treats?

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    1. Hi there! These and most of our baked treats store similarly to home baked human cookies. For these, I would recommend cooling thoroughly before container storage and either using fresh within a couple of days or freezing (see below). Countertop life will depend on how much moisture is in the baked treat (dehydrating extends life somewhat) and the ambient conditions in your kitchen, as well as the type of ingredients in any treat.

      Since home baked dog treats don't have preservatives, I never keep any of mine fresh on the counter for more than a day or two max, even if they are lower-spoilage recipes or I have dehydrated them after baking. I like to freeze the treats and remove them to thaw in small quantities so I always have fresh tasty treats on hand without worrying. It also makes it very easy to mix things up by having a few different types of treats in the freezer. For pocket treats on walkies, they often go straight from the freezer to the treat bag. Easy peasy...although sometimes a little chilly against my leg when they first go in! :)

      Hope that helps!

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