Home Made Dehydrated Dog Treats – Is it worth the work?
Mr. Wigglebutt Sweet Potato Chips
I know Sherlock loves them and I like to give him healthy snacks. The store bought treats and dog food I purchase are always made in the USA. Definitely nothing made in China.
I have posted about making dehydrated dog treats before, but I didn’t really do the math to see if I was saving money, or merely doing something I enjoyed for Sherlock. (See Previous post – includes strawberries, green beans, apples, and bananas.)
So, here we go…
Tonight I bought two Sweet Potatoes (unfortunately, Sprouts a local market didn’t have Organic Sweet Potatoes, so these are regular.)
2.02 lb @ $1.49/lb = $3.01 total cost for Sweet Potatoes
16 oz in 1 lb
2.02 lb x 16 oz = 32.32 oz of Sweet Potatoes
PreDehydrating this is working out to $.093/oz. I’ll weigh the final product for final numbers.
The I and Love and You Grater Taters I was eyeing at Sprouts was $7.99/5oz. Usually I buy treats at Pet Food Express, I’ll have to check their prices the next time I’m there. I know Chewy.com sells them for $5.99/5oz
I and love and you Key Benefits of their Grater Tater Grain Free Dog Treats –
- One ingredient
- Grain and gluten-free
- No corn, wheat, soy or rice
- Great for training
- Gentle on the tummy
- Supports dental health
- Made in the USA
My dog treats must have the same benefits, definitely one ingredient and made in the USA!
Sweet Potatoes Washed and dried.
I found last time that the food dehydrates more evenly if it’s elevated on a wire rack.
Oven set to Dehydrate 140*. If you don’t have a dehydrate setting on your oven or your oven temperature doesn’t go that low you can set your oven to 150* on bake or preferably on Convection Bake. Now that the Sweet Potatoes are in the oven you can forget about it overnight. I left them in for just over 12 hours, some of my cuts were a little thick, I still haven’t purchased myself a new mandolin for even slicing.
Now Mr. Wigglebutt has his own stash of Sweet Potato chips, healthy, one ingredient, dehydrated not fried. They’re yummie but I won’t lie, I’d prefer them with some sea salt if they were for me.
I and love and you Grater Taters are $1.20 per oz from Chewy.com
Mr. Wigglebutt DIY Home made Sweet Potato treats cost $3.01 / 6.25 oz (final weight of dehydrated sweet potatoes) = $0.48 per oz.
$1.20 per oz VS $0.48 per oz
Sherlock gives it TWO PAWS UP!
Now, you need to decide is it worth your time? I enjoy making these, but wouldn’t hesitate to buy the I and love and you Grater Taters in the future. Sometimes you don’t have the time.