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« on: November 11, 2005 01:34:42 PM »

just thought i'd pass along a little tip for those who like to make treats for their dogs.

when i make treats for ramone, our black lab, i use bacon fat instead of butter, margarine, etc. it gives a ton of flavor to the treats, including all the wee crumbles of bacon. ramone dashes into the kitchen when i open the jar because you can smell it, and he knows he's getting something good (he'll sit at my feet and wait while i make them  Grin). it doesn't have to be softened like other hard shortenings because it has a terrific soft texture that make it really easy to work with. we give all of ramone's doggy pals treat bags at the holidays, and their owners tell us the dogs go nuts over them. this has become part of my standard dog treat recipe now.

how we save it: after it cools in the pan a little, we pour it into a clean glass jar (saved from salsa or jalapenos or something of similar size) and let it firm up. i'm not exactly sure how long it will keep, as i use ours frequently, but we keep ours in the cupboard and it's fine. in fact, the oil and bacon bits sink to the bottom and you get a beautimous white layer of soft lard on top sealing in all the hammy goodness. just another way to reuse/recycle and please your fur baby at the same time.
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005 07:13:18 PM »

what do you mean when you say fat? by ur description it sounds like your talking about the grease you get when you cook it or am i ignorant? if so, what are you talking bout?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005 08:32:52 PM »

yup, you've got it right: grease, fat, drippings, lard ... whatever you want to call what's left in the pan after you cook bacon.
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2005 09:01:28 PM »

oo ok i gotcha! thanks for clarifing that. Grin What recipies do you use for treats? The ones ive tried turned out really nasty (my dog wouldnt eat it so i tried it and found out why. lol Tongue)
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2005 07:49:21 AM »

i have tried several recipes, and i even purchased the 3 dog bakery cookbook. those recipes were basically like cooking full human meals for dogs, but the cookies/biscuits were doable and there is a nice cake recipe we made for ramone's bday last yr to much happiness. i keep going back to 2 standards though, then just varying them a bit. both use whole wheat flour, the bacon fat (or else butter), water or broth, some garlic powder, and not a heck of a lot more. one of them adds pureed veggies (fresh or frozen), so the proportions are changed to accomodate the veggie slurry.

i vary both recipes according to what i have at the time. for instance, i had so many beans coming in my garden in september that i used those in treats for ramone, whereas now i have apples from our trees so i'll use those. other things i've added have been cheese, peanut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin, meat scraps, etc. all the dogs we give them to adore them. and my husband, always looking out for ramone's tummy and palate, has eaten the treats and pronounced them fit for humans.  Cheesy

i'll get my recipes when i go home and post them for you.
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2005 12:26:50 AM »

The bacon fat thing is a really good idea! I actually saved mine from yesterday morning, thanks for the great tip!

I also wanted to add, there are a lot of people food items that can hurt our animal friends! Garlic, onions, raisins , grapes and macadamia nuts can be VERY BAD for their health!!! And even if they have eaten these things in the past and been fine, they could still have problems if they continue to eat them.

Here ia a link with a list of things that could be harmful:


I personally was shocked, and had no idea that some of these things could be bad!I know some people feed their puppys table scraps, and I just  thought I use garlic and onions in almost every meal!!  I'm sure I'm not the only one that didn't know, so I wanted to share the info with other animal lovers!

Happy Holidays!

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