We really, really like bacon. Because we spring for the humane, small farm kind, we save all our precious bacon fat. It adds smoky, meaty flavor to all sorts of foods, from sautéed greens to ginger cookies (no kidding). But despite our efforts to eliminate waste, we still had a surplus. Enter Dog Treats.
Nicole and Stella, our chow-collie mix, both adore the flavor of peanut butter as much as bacon. Nicole has a fondness for peanut butter, honey and bacon sandwiches, and for years we stocked store-bought peanut butter dog treats for Stella…so those flavors seemed like a good place to start. We looked around at what recipes we could find, combined the best of what we saw and started tinkering.
As you will see, this recipe is very receptive to what’s on hand, so don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’ve never made anything home-made for your pet before, start small and watch for any allergies to emerge. Our dog is quite hearty, and tolerates wheat, rice, and oat flours well.
Click on this slide show presentation to see all the images showcasing the various steps to making these doggy treats.
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Lisa Bell spent the first fifteen years of her working life as a pastry chef, recipe developer, test kitchen director, food stylist and print editor. She has also taught cooking classes, run a small cooking school, and worked as a food scientist. She transitioned to a new career in video production five years ago and now works freelance as a producer, writer and editor. Her passions include cooking, of course, animation, video editing, food writing, sustainable agriculture and organic gardening—and cheese.
Nicole Rees is a food writer and cookbook author specializing in baking science. Her most recent book is Baking Unplugged, just now in bookstores, is filled with simple, scratch recipes that require no electric gadgets beyond an oven. Nicole currently works as a baking scientist. She balances her love of sweets with an interest in health and well-being, encouraging everyone she meets to cook with whole foods and eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. Her section of the garden is filled with parsley, cabbage and a variety of greens. She doesn’t believe any food is actually bad for you, but she believes in making every bite count.