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Baking Question

Help! emoticon :smile:

I've been looking for little ways I can earn some extra money (saving up for a down payment is not easy, and it is very stressful on the mind)!

One way I have thought about doing that is by baking home made dog treats and selling them. I have a few recipes I came up with and will make (hopefully they'll be popular).

Well I just made my first practice batch, and I've run into a hiccup! The recipe called for quite a bit of water, I think next time I will use less. But now this batch is way to thin, I will not be able to use my new cookie cutters to make cute shapes and bake them on cookie sheets.

Right now I have it in the fridge to see if that will help thicken it, but I'm worried if that doesn't work I'll have a lot of waste ingredients!

So if I just add more flour to thicken it, will that ruin the treats? Will it make them less tasty?

Thank you!

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isabbbela wrote on January 15, 2015, 7:13 PM

That sounds like a good plan! If I knew someone who made homemade dog treats for affordable prices I would definitely buy them instead of buying the ones you get at the pet store. I am sure they are much healthier for your dog!

kat123456 wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:24 AM

I would definitely give it a try, better than wasting the ingredients! Good luck with your new venture

Began1988 wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:38 PM

It was still very thin after 24 hours in fridge - so I added more flour. Still didn't work great. so this is definitely my practice batch! Trial and error!! Lol. Next time I won't add as much water as the recipe calls for. The treats are baking in muffin tins as we speak, I couldn't get them thick enough to make cute cookie cutter shaped dog cookies. Hopefully next time!

lionpaw wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:40 PM

I am confused. You said you followed a recipe and it required too much water. But then you said before that you came up with the recipe? Which is it? I would be careful on what you are making and be sure you are not adding anything into the recipe that can be harmful to dogs. I know how to make them and its pretty easy. Water + their regular dry dog food + bake time. I don't know why you would add flour to thicken it. That's a great idea when cooking soups for people but not fixing a mistake in a batch because you are to cheap to start fresh and do it right.

Began1988 wrote on January 18, 2015, 5:37 PM

I am not being cheap - I am trying not to waste a ton of ingredients that I used because I don't like to waste food. I am creating my own recipes but there are some basic ingredients I found from another recipe just for basic dog treats. I have actually taken out ingredients that they had listed that ARE harmful for dogs, and I am adding my own flavors and special ingredients. I am researching everything to make sure it is ok, as I will be feeding these to my own dogs. I'm even taking notes about specifically why ingredients are good for the dogs and what purpose they serve. That is clearly one very simple dog recipe you can do, but mine are not that simple. I have no idea what I did to warrant such a response.

lionpaw wrote on January 19, 2015, 9:04 AM

Sorry, from the sounds of it I was confused on what you were actually doing hence the question me asking what you were doing following a recipe or making your own. I care about the safety of animals and have read too many horror stories over a good thing turned bad. So that is why I mentioned being careful on what you do or don't put into it.

I like to save on things too, but when trying new recipes or making one, I also know when it might be time to throw it out and start over without the same mistake. If its too watery, why not just figure out what you already put into it and not exactly double it, but fill in so its back to being proportional?

I was also kind enough to share a very simple recipe that I use when making them to try and help out. Good luck with your endeavours!

Began1988 wrote on January 20, 2015, 1:41 PM

The recipe itself wasn't ruined because it was too thin (it wasn't exactly watery, just not thick enough to treat like cookies and use the cute cookie cutters I bought). If I could not make it thick enough I was just going to put them into cupcake cookie pans and make doggy muffins instead of cookies :) So my practice batch didn't go exactly my way, but the treats are still good (believe it or not my dad ate 2)! Haha! Luckily there is nothing in the treats that will hurt dogs OR people!

I researched every ingredient online, and was surprised to see some unsafe items (baking powder for one) in recipes. I immediately put them on my "do no use" list so I can be safe when I come up with more recipes. In my research I also found that some ingredients are okay for adult dogs, but not puppies - so that will definitely go in my notes.

Thank you, I'm hoping this will turn into something fun and enjoyable for me, while also helping my make some extra money!

lionpaw wrote on January 21, 2015, 8:43 AM

It is a good thing! You might also want to talk to a vet about the ingredients or a second source. I know one of my vets told me to give my dog garlic in his food because of his flea allergies. However, garlic isn't safe for dogs! So the safe/not safe list has changed a bit and not all vets stay current. emoticon :sad:
I hated seeing a poor dog have to be put to sleep because her owners did not mind the safe list. They gave her chocolate (a huge no-no) and so much more instead of feeding her a regular diet of actual dog food. She suffered a lot of health issues that resulted in her being put to sleep. :(

Began1988 wrote on January 21, 2015, 8:49 AM

Chocolate!?!? Oh my gosh! Was there ever a time where people thought Chocolate was good for dogs?? -_- Ugh!!!

I ended up having to throw all of the doggie muffins away anyways! I guess in the second batch some of them had been wet (water spilled over from a couple of the empty muffin sections) and they all grew nasty mold!!! Lol. Well...on to attempt 2!! :)

lionpaw wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:07 AM

Good luck with it! You would be surprised to find out how many people think chocolate is okay. I have encountered a ton of people who are like "if its safe for me to eat, its safe for them to eat too" um, no. different animal species can eat different things! We can technically eat raw meat, but its still not SAFE for people to do so like some animals can!

Began1988 wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:35 AM

Oh gosh -_- I wish people would really educate themselves before getting pets (any kind of pets). Our bodies digest and absorbs foods differently! Does that mean they think giving inappropriate foods to babies is okay, because we can eat it as adults? Ugh! Thank you!