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By Carol from MA
For the dogs!
Total Time: 1 hour
Dog biscuits are now around $4.00 a box in our local store. I found this recipe several years ago at an Amish store in Indiana, and bought some of their metal dog bone cookie cutters with it. I found I can make the same amount for around 57 cents. This is the basic recipe, I usually do it times 4, as we have 4 dogs. I have also found they keep longer in the freezer than it states in the recipe.
Add oil, broth, eggs, and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined. Whisk together wheat flour and cornmeal, and add to the above.
Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Gather remaining dough and roll flat. Cut as many dog biscuits as you can.
Brush the egg wash onto each cookie.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Yield: Approximately 2 dozen dog biscuits using a 2 inch cookie cutter.
Storing: These chicken broth dog biscuits bake hard and will last 4 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.
Source: Amish store in Shipshewanna, IN
By mom-from-missouri from NW MO
Our dogs love peanut butter dog biscuits. To make some at home, mix 3/4 cup powdered milk, 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter (smooth), 2 1/4-2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, and 1 Tbsp. baking powder. You can customize the recipe by adding and subtracting ingredients your dog likes.
Recipe for dog biscuits.
The main reason I like this is because it is so much healthier for pets than the store bought biscuits.
This is a good recipe if you like to spoil your dog with healthy treats. Or, it can be used as a great hostess gift for someone who has a dog.
Beat eggs and milk in a small mixing bowl. Then in a large mixing bowl, mix together all dry ingredients and mix.
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When making dog biscuits, do you use a preservative, and if so, what is it?
By SANDY from Hardy, VA
I have never heard of using a preservative in dog biscuits but I would google it, look at all the recipes and then decide from there which to make, etc. I have seen lots of recipes on line for making your own cat and dog food which is FAR healthier than that bought at stores, and none of these have any preservatives in them.
The whole point of making homemade biscuits is not to use preservatives. It is healthier that way. My two daughters own a dog bandana business and they go to fairs and dog walks. They also sell a lot of homemade dog biscuits at these events. My daughter keeps them in the fridge at home. This keeps them fresh and they don't mold because this is what happens to them if they don't have preservatives in them and are not kept cool.
I bake and sell pet treats at local craft fairs. While my treats don't last as long as commercial ones, they are much healthier. Mainly because I don't use preservatives. You can vacuum seal or freeze em to make them last longer.
Rosemary is a natural preservative used in organic dog food. You should probably use sparingly or do some research to ensure you don't put your dog at risk.
I want a recipe for dog biscuits that clean the teeth and refresh the dogs breath.
Chris from Washington D.C.
Would chewing any biscuit clean your own teeth? didn't think so! There's no substitute for a little brushing and a vet appointment at regular intervals. You should never find red-lined gum edges when you check her gums frequently. For a week let her lick some canned squirt cheese off a toothbrush, a very soft toothbrush like a child's ultrasoft. It's the same squirt cheese sold to top a cracker conveniently. Then let her lick it off while you move her nose left and right and have the toothbrush moving a bit, and gradually work up to some brushing. Even two or three strokes per site make a good difference, back teeth most important. I know that products are sold for dogs to chew saying they help clean teeth, but only on the chewing surfaces, which helps the gums stay infection-free not a bit. Loving a pet or a person seeks to meet their needs, if it's real love and not just say-so love. God bless you and your dog together for great lifelong health - --Kim
I've never tried these, but they come highly recommended.
Dog Breath Biscuits
1 ½ c whole wheat flour
1 ½ c Bisquick baking mix
½ c mint leaves - loosely packed
¼ c milk
4 tbs margarine
1 ½ tbs maple syrup or corn syrup
Combine all ingredients in food processor until will mixed, mint is chopped, and a large ball forms. Press or roll on non-stick surface (such as a floured board) to thickness of ¼ to ½ inch. Cut into 1x2 inch strips or with a bone- shaped cookie cutter and place on non-stick cookie pan. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool and store in air-tight container. Makes about 30 medium biscuits.
I use Pruden's powder which makes your dogs breath not smell and it keeps their teeth clean I ask my vets if my dogs teeth are clean enough and they say they look great. My Great Dane is 8 and his teeth have never had to be cleaned. Pruddens powder is the best. It is very affordable. I large 420 gm lasts many months with my Great Dane. They get 3 1/4 teaspoon scoops with food. Another brand is called Plaque off. I highly recommend!
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