Anyone else have (uncooked) sweet potatoes laying around?!
Here is a simple recipe that can help you make some sweet potato chews for your fur babies. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also a healthy, one-ingredient recipe. Which can especially come in handy if your pup has any allergies or sensitivities to food.
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and move on to washing your sweet potato and then towel dry them. There is no need to peel the skin off, but you can do so if you prefer. Next, slice the ends off and slice the sweet potato lengthwise into 1/3 inch thick pieces. The thicker the strips are, the longer they will need to cook, but if they are too thin, the more brittle they may be. What we’re gunning for here is a chewy texture that isn’t too soft or too hard, and that is juuuuuuuust right. (Couldn’t resist the opportunity to reference Goldilocks and The Three Bears here.)
The key to the perfect chew is to cook them slow and low. Since we’re home much more, it should be pretty easy to monitor. Lay the sweet potato strips flat on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup. (I ran out of parchment!) Pop the tray into the oven, set a timer for 3 hours before you carry on with your day.
Once your timer goes off, flip the sweet potatoes and set your timer for another 3 hours. Yes, it does take a while to cook, but your fur babies will think it’s worth it. Because everyone’s oven runs a little different, we recommend checking on those chews every so often and adjust cook times if needed.
Once the cooking cycle is completed, let the sweet potato chews cool. After the sweet potatoes have cooled, put them into an airtight container and they’ll stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. Your fur babies will love you even more!!!
1 Sweet Potato
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Cut the ends off of the sweet potato
- Slice 1/3 inch thick pieces of the sweet potato, lengthwise
- Bake for approximately 6+` hours, depending on your oven
- Set sweet potatoes aside to cool
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks
Wishing your pups happy chewing!