Monday, 6 February 2017

{RECIPE} Beetroot + Gelatin Red Gummy Heart Dog Treats

Naturally red thanks to the addition of delicious nutritious beetroot powder and full of gelatin goodness - yum! 

These mini hearts are smaller than my usual gummy treats, but are a great example of how easy it is to scale any recipe to suit the size of you pet. No complaints from the taste testers here as the smaller the treat the more guilt-free giving...haha! The mold was a present for Momma from Santa Paws, and makes the cutest little hearts - I couldn't resist trying it out.  I can't wait to use it for carob!  Our pictured treats are often larger as our dogs are big boys, but you can bake anything smaller or break/cut into little bite-sized pieces.  Doggy chocolates and gummies are harder to break, so its easier to buy a mold that suits your pet and make them to scale.

Beetroot + Gelatin Naturally Red Gummy Heart Dog Treats

1 cup cold water or unseasoned chicken stock (see tips below)
1/2 tsp beetroot powder (use more/less as as you wish for colour preference and taste)
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder

Measure water into a small saucepan and stir in the beetroot powder.Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat, as this can reduce the setting strength of your gelatin.  Remove from heat.  Pour into your mold(s). Chill to set fully before removing from molds.

Tips and Tricks:
  • My dogs like the smell of "plain" and will happily accept plain gummies (gelatin and water), but a little tasty boost of chicken stock never goes astray. :) In experimenting with volumes, adding clear/strained stock works best to keep the gummies transparent, if you want them to be clear. Cloudy is fine as well, just a bit different than the pictured treats.   Light stocks work better than dark stocks for tinting, as the stock can have a significant affect the colour. 
  • Volumes are very easily scaled.  If you want a precise measure of a specific pan/mold capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water to measure the volume required to fill and scale your added gelatin powder to suit the volume of liquid for your batch of treats.
  • These are firm gummies, since I like to supplement my dogs with gelatin, especially my senior.  If you prefer, you can use less gelatin for a jigglier jelly treat. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger/weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • If you're using shaped pans, keep them simple for easy breakage-free removal. I find that flexible molds work best as stiff molds can be tricky for removal. Supple silicon molds are tricky to move when full of liquid, so place of a portable surface to help you get things into the fridge without mess and stress.
  • Once set, they are now ready to eat, but for an even better "real" gummy texture/feel, after you have taken the treats out of the mold (or cut into pieces from your pan), return them to the refrigerator on a plate/tray uncovered to dry for a day before normal container storage.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although this can affect consistency. If gummies are frozen, I find that defrosting in the fridge uncovered on a plate or dishtowel helps to make sure that they thaw semi-dry instead of getting a little slippery. Freezing causes gelatin to separate which tends to bleed out some liquid content in addition to condensation factors. 

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, have a chat with your vet.

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