Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Our Go-To DIY Dog Treat Recipes: Healthy Gelatin Gummies

Make it in May!  Today's easy homemade favourite is one that our dogs consider to be a treat, but it's really kind of a health supplement too! Homemade gelatin gummies for dogs. Yum! A batch of gummies can be whipped up in just a few minutes and then popped into the refrigerator to set. Done! Although I often make gummies with add-ins or in shaped molds, neither are necessary for a tasty healthy treat.  Come and see how simple they are to make:

A basic gummy requires only water and gelatin, and although my dogs seem to like the smell of gelatin on its own (the sous-chefs come sniffing when the container is opened) I do prefer to always use either a base liquid with a little flavour or an add-in, just to make things extra tasty.  My go-to combo for basic gummies is chicken stock and gelatin.  My homemade "chicken stock" is more accurately "chicken water", which I drain off from cooking chicken for the dog's homemade breakfasts. It is hard to get unseasoned low-sodium stock where we live plus waste not, want not! :) To show you how simple making gummies can be, the batch pictured above were made with plain chicken stock, popped back into the storage container from the stock, refrigerated to set, and then cubed. Silicon molds are just a quick, if you have one, and they make very cute treats too!

You can read more about why I give my dogs gelatin, along with the details on how to make your own bone broth gummies from scratch if you're keen to give it a try! You can also explore all of our different gummy-style dog treat recipes for ideas on mixtures and add-ins to try. They're all pretty simple, and doggone delicious too!

Tips and Tricks:
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. You can also buy stock, but where we live it's hard to source ready-made unsalted /low-sodium stock.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you're using shaped molds, keep them simple for easy breakage-free removal. 
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage. If gummies are  frozen, I find that freezing separately before placing into a container helps avoid sticking for easy one-at-a-time removal, and defrosting in the fridge uncovered on a plate or dishtowel helps to make sure that they thaw dry instead of getting a little slippery. See an example of what I mean below - as a demo I photographed a beetroot batch made and then frozen on a hot humid day without dry-time, so you can see an example of frosty freezing at it's worst, and then the perfect tasty gummy after thawing dry.

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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