One of the biggest problems that I had when I began to make dog treats was trying to figure out how to preserve them. The whole idea behind making homemade dog treats is to make them healthy right.. I mean most of us who are taking the time to make homemade snacks for our pets are going to make healthy dog treats using wholesome ingredients. And we are also going to stay away from the harmful preservatives that are often found in the commercial dog treats.
So then how do you preserve homemade dog treats?
One of the biggest problems that I had with my homemade dog treats was mold. I would make a batch of dog treats, package them up and when I would open them up a few days later… I would find a moldy mess! This used to drive me crazy! I knew that I had to correct this problem if I ever wanted to sell my treats. (Which I did) So I spent a lot of time researching this problem and found several solutions. I have a few tips and tricks for preserving homemade dog treats so let’s take a look at some easy remedies for this problem.
Make Dog Treats To Sell
If you want to make homemade dog treats and then sell them, it’s important that you get this part right. Screwing this up could cost you customers and you don’t want that! I learned that water content plays a major role in whether or not homemade dog treats will get moldy. It makes sense if you think about it. More water means more moisture. What happens when their is too much moisture…mold grows. So, if you are using recipes that have high water content, for example, recipes that use a lot of fresh vegetables probably have a high water content, there are a few things you can do.
1. After your dog treats are finished baking you can leave them in the oven for a few extra minutes. This will add some extra “drying time” and pull out more water found in the treats.
2. You can purchase a food dehydrator. Food dehydrators do exactly what it sounds like, they dehydrate food, which basically means they remove the water in the food. Food dehydrators come in a variety of sizes and are prices accordingly. I bought one a few years after I started my dog bakery business and it has been great.
Make Dog Treats With ‘Dry” Ingredients
Another tip that I always found came in handy was using dry ingredients. For example, you can use powdered milk instead of regular milk. It has a lower moisture content. You can also use powdered cheese instead of regular cheese for the same reason. If you think about it, there are plenty of ingredients that can be substituted with dry ingredients. For example, I came across a dog treat recipe that used canned dog food. Instead of using canned food, you can make dog treats with dry food. Just put it in a food processor and crush it up.
Use Less of Certain Ingredients
If you want to make peanut butter dog treats you don’t have to use a ton of peanut butter. Peanut butter can be a bit oily so you don’t want to over do it. However, I find that all of the peanut butter dog treats that I make tend to dry out nicely. If I use peanut butter, I try and make sure that this is the only ingredient that has a high moisture content. Not that you can’t use other ingredients with peanut butter, just be mindful of how much you use. So if you make make dog biscuits that have peanut butter and pumpkin in the recipe, make sure not to use too much of each ingredient.