Most people feed treats to their pets between the regularly scheduled meals. Often, these treats come in the form of baked sweet potato chips or fries. Lately, there has been some bad press about contaminated treats, some coming from outside the country. An online article, written by a veterinarian, suggested that dog owners make their own sweet potato treats.
It’s an extraordinarily easy thing to do. There’s no excuse for being lazy on this one! Slice them, and bake them:
The best result comes if the slices are thin, and sliced in the same direction as one would slice a cucumber. Be very careful while slicing (to keep all the fingers), and use a cutting board for best results. After about forty minutes, I like to flip them, and then bake about fifteen minutes more. This dries both sides of the chips. Some additional time in the oven causes them to curl and harden a bit – making them more like regular potato chips. Many of these latter batches never made it to the doggie treat jar!
I use no oil (it’s probably bad for the dogs), and I bake the chips at about 275 degrees. Experimentation will reveal the correct recipe for the ‘chewiness” that is desired.