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Homemade dehydrated sweet potato chips/sticks recipe for dogs

 As fresh food diet;homemade diet and raw diet, becomes popular among dog lovers, I hear people asking about homemade dehydrated sweet potato chips on their own now and then.

 Making dehydrated sweet potato chips is easy and, there is nothing complicated about it. Good thing about it is that since the dehydrated food can be reconstituted by cooking in the boiling water until they gets plump, you can preserve the sweet potato in the season for your cooking as well.

 To make dehydrated food, there are 2 ways to make it.

 One is to use the oven’s low heat. The other way is to use the dehydrator.

 Since oven’s lowest temperature it can go is still higher than dehydrator temperature, from nutritional point of view, if you have dehydrator and would like to keep as much nutrition as possible, then, dehydrator is the way to go.

 I have tried making dehydrated sweet potato chips both method;oven and dehydrator and, I find that if you were to snack them and looking for stronger, intensified sweet potato flavor, oven is the way to go.

 Oven baked one had more sweet potato flavor and more crunch I would enjoy.

 Generally, oven baked dehydrated sweet potato chips takes shorter time because of higher temperature than dehydrator temperature.

 When it comes to thickness and shapes, I like 1/8″ thickness for oval/round shape chips, and 1/4″ thickness for french fry shape.

 If your dogs tend to have digestive upset from sweet potato skin, if you make them french fry shape, it got much much less skin and it might be easier for them to digest.

 I know that there are sweet potato treats on the market that are crinkle cut,and about 1/4″ thickness but I do not like them. Partly because the treat was not single ingredient treat (sweet potato,egg,salt,bacillus subtilis), and partly Palette could not chew off bits because it was too thick and chewy and what she ended up with was swallowed them whole once she knew she cannot chew off into small pieces she could have with biscuits for example.

 Next day, the whole sweet potato treat came out as it went in,which means, it passed through her system without any benefit for her nutrition wise.

 Luckily, it was something one of treat distributors sent us as sample treats to see if we, Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen, are interested in carrying their products and, I did not have any left in Palette’s personal treat box after the one try.

 Because of those experience, personally, for the better digestion, I prefer making them as thin as I can.

 If you were to cut them thicker than 1/4″, then, you may want to par boil them before oven baking or dehydrating with dehydrator to make sure no raw “hard to digest” ,”not dehydrated all the way through” part left in the middle.

 For the homemade diet, all starchy vegetables such as squash,potato,sweet potatoes should be served fully cooked.

 Don’t let your dogs munch on raw sweet potato,potato and squash. It would be hard to digest for them.

 Plus if there were green spots or sprouts on potato, remove the spots because they are not good due to toxic chemical called “solanin” in the spots.These spots are not good for both human and dogs.

 Anyway, Palette was oven and dehydrator sitting whole time when I was making these sweet potato treats and, yes, she approves it.

*** Sweet potato chips-dehydrator method ***



Sweet potato chips – dehydrator method

Ingredients for sweet potato chips dehydrator method;

sweet potato

1. Wash the sweet potato under the running cold water, and cut the both ends;top and bottom

2. Slice the sweet potato into oval/round shape at 1/8″ thickness

3. Place them single layer onto dehydrator tray

4. Dehydrate them at 125F for  3-4 hours or til it gets crisp

5. Cool them down completely on the tray

6. store in air tight container and keep them in the freezer

Sweet potato sticks – Dehydrator method..

Ingredients for sweet potato sticks dehydrator method;

sweet potato

1. Wash the sweet potato under the running cold water, and cut the both ends;top and bottom

2. Slice the sweet potato length wise so you can cut them into french fry cut at 1/4″ thickness

3. Place them single layer onto dehydrator tray

4. Dehydrate them at 125F for  8-9 hours til it gets crisp

5. Cool them down completely on the tray

6. store in air tight container and keep them in the freezer

** You may find that some of dehydrated sweet potato chips/sticks have whitish spot on them. It is the starch from the sweet potato.

*** Sweet potato chips- oven method ***

Sweet potato chips-oven method…


Ingredients for sweet potato chips oven method;

sweet potato

0. Preheat the oven 200F

1. Wash the sweet potato under the running cold water, and cut the both ends;top and bottom

2. Slice the sweet potato into oval/round shape at 1/8″ thickness

3. Place them single layer onto non stick foil line baking sheet

4. Dehydrate them for  1hour and 40 minutes or til it gets crisp

5. Turn off the oven

6. Cool them down completely in the turned off  oven

7. Store in air tight container and keep them in the freezer

Sweet potato sticks – oven method..

Ingredients for sweet potato sticks oven method;

sweet potato

0. Preheat oven 200F

1. Wash the sweet potato under the running cold water, and cut the both ends;top and bottom

2. Slice the sweet potato length wise so you can cut them into french fry cut at 1/4″ thickness

3. Place them single layer onto non stick foil line baking sheet

4. Dehydrate them for about 4 hours til it gets crisp

5. Turn off the oven

6. Cool them down completely in the turned off  oven

7. Store in air tight container and keep them in the freezer

** Oven method makes super crunchy treats,especially stick shape ones

 Lets watch how much Palette enjoyed homemade sweet potato chips/sticks below.

Palette and Homemade Dehydrated Sweet potato chips- dehydrator method

Palette and Homemade dehydrated sweet potato chips – oven method

Oct 16, 2013 | Comments are off | Dog Diet