Monday, 13 March 2017

{RECIPE} Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Dog Gummies

Naturally Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Dog Gummies

Scale the basic volumes below to suit your mold or pan (see tips below if you're not sure about volume).  My big pan of  gummies was made with four cups, i.e. quadruple the basic recipe below. You can use more/less turmeric or wheatgrass/kale if you wish to adjust to to suit your colour preference, your dog's tastes, or for added supplementation content in the gummies.

1  cup plain homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock
3 tbsp powdered gelatin* See tips below.
1 tbsp wheatgrass (or kale) powder 
1 tsp ground turmeric

Measure broth into a small saucepan. 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 1/2 of the gelatin mixture to a bowl and stir through the wheatgrass powder.  Pour into silicone molds (shaped gummies) or a glass pan (cut and slice). Chill until just barely firm to the touch.  Stir turmeric through the remaining gelatin mixture and pour over the top. Chill until completely set.

Tips and Tricks:
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock, but it's VERY easy to make your own doggy stock while cooking or just simmer a few leftover bones and/or veggies.  
  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of stock (which is already a little thick au natural) makes firm gummies, but if you prefer, you can use more gelatin for added supplementation or less for a jigglier jelly treat with lower gelatin content. When working with other liquids, I often use up to 4 tbsp. 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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

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