Okay, I had a lot of damaged sweet potatoes. Once the skin of a sweet potato is broken it’s storage capacity goes from months to weeks, although proper curing can help even damaged sweet potatoes to form a protective barrier.
Since I certainly had to shortage of undamaged ones to squirrel away for the winter, I decided to make dog treats again. If you’ve never given your dog sweet potato before, you might be surprised at how much dogs like them, especially when they are turned into dehydrated strips of a tough rawhide-like consistency. Dogs are smart: nutritionally, sweet potatoes really are all that.
Unfortunately, if you’ve priced dog treats lately, you might have been a little shell shocked at the sticker, and a little concerned over the country of origin. Given how easy to grow they are or cheap to buy, and how easy it is to make your own if you have a dehydrator… well, I make my own.
- Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Remove any damaged parts.
- Slice your sweet potatoes about 1/4″ thick. A mandoline slicer is suggested, with a protective metal glove.
- Place on dehydrator trays with the pieces not touching.
- Dehydrate at 125F until done, anywhere from 8-16 hours.
- They are done when they are just barely pliable. Let cool slightly and place in an airtight container for storage.
- If any condensation forms in the next few hours, they are not dehydrated enough.
With my 9 tray Excalibur filled, I ended up with treats enough to fill 3 1/2 quart zip top bags, and I still have enough “rejected” sweet potatoes for another load. That will keep us in dog treats for the year, but those are perfectly safe to be rehydrated for human recipes, too.