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 (include some of unseasoned chicken stock for flavour, if you wish - see tips below)
1/2 Tsp Beetroot Powder (use more/less as as you wish for colour preference and taste)
3.5 Tbsp Plain Gelatin Powder

Measure water into a small saucepan and stir in the beetroot powder. Sprinkle with gelatin powder and let sit for five minutes to bloom/gel. Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. 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 just a  small amount of clear/strained stock worked best to keep the gummies transparent, if you want them to be clear.  The more stock, the cloudier and more opaque the gummy becomes once set, which also looks good, just a bit different than the pictured treats.   Light stocks work better than dark stocks, which have a more 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. 
  • 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, 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. If gummies are  frozen, I find that defrosting in the fridge uncovered on a plate or dishtowel helps to make sure that they thaw dry instead of getting a little slippery.

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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