As the owner of a dog whose head, mouth and appetite for treats is quite large, I like to give him something that lasts a little longer than an inhalation.
Enter the sweet potato dog chew which isn't as long lasting as a wood baseboard for instance, but is longer lasting than a dehydrated liver treat or the roast you forgot on the counter.
I do these every once in a while especially if I'm already dehydrating something else - like oranges.
Having the dehydrator running is also a good way to help drown out the construction noise that's been happening behind my house since the summer and drowning out that noise helps me to forget that someone is building a 3 story home which has 8' tall windows on all sides that look into all the neighbouring yards which wouldn't have been a problem if they hadn't torn down almost all of the trees on the lot that would have afforded the rest of the neighbourhood a bit of privacy.
Sorry. That's been building up for a while.
What was I talking about? Was it dipshits? I feel like it was dipshits.
No, wait it was dehydrators.
Nope ... SWEET POTATO CHEWS.
That's right, that's what we're all here for.
- large sweet potatoes
- an oven or dehydrator
- knife or mandolin
The short version is:
- Cut your sweet potato into ¼" thick slices either cross or lengthwise.
- Dry them at 125-130 in a dehydrator for 10-13 hours.
- OR dry them at the lowest oven temperature possible for 3-4 hours.
- I used to guess how much ¼" was when I made these. Now I'm accurate. It works much better. Lay out 1 or 2 rulers so you can mark your sweet potato.
- Line your potato up with 1 or 2 rulers and mark ¼" along the entire thing using a sharp knife. If you look down the centre of my sweet potato you can see the score marks I made.
- Ditch the rulers, then cut straight down with a large knife or cleaver.
- This way you'll get consistent ¼" slices. Being consistent is important for the drying processs.
To reiterate - being consistent and accurate is important to getting a perfect product.
- Add the slices to a dehydrator set to 125-130F. If you only have an oven, set the oven to the lowest temperature.
- Dry for 8 hours in the dehydrator or 1.5 hours in the oven and then check them. The exterior should feel leathery, dry, but still fairly pliable. This is what gives them the "chewiness".
It's impossible to give you an absolute timeline for drying because conditions vary so much but count on:
3 -4 hours of drying in the lowest temperature oven
10-13 hours of drying at 130 in a dehydrator.
- Once they seem dry to you remove the sweet potatoes from the oven/dehydrator and let them cool.
- Once cooled stick them in a jar. If you plan to keep them long term do not open the jar for 1 week. Watch for condensation in the jar. If you see ANY then you need to dry them more.
If after a week there's no visible moisture, you're good.
But I still keep them in the fridge to be extra safe.
They're honestly the easiest dog treats you can make. All you have to do is slice up and dry a sweet potato. In some cases you will first have to buy the sweet potato I suppose but generally speaking, any dipshit could do it.