Tuesday, 2 May 2017
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Our Go-To DIY Dog Treat Recipes: Healthy Gelatin Gummies

Dalmatian dog eating a homemade gelatin gummy dog treat

Make it in May!  Today's easy homemade favourite is one that our dogs consider to be a treat, but it's really kind of a health supplement too! Homemade gelatin gummies for dogs - yum! A batch of gummies can be whipped up in just a few minutes and then popped into the refrigerator to set. Done! Although I often make gummies with add-ins or in shaped molds, neither are necessary for a tasty healthy treat.  

DIY gelatin gummies for dogs, step-by-step how to make

A basic gummy requires only water and gelatin, and although my dogs seem to like the smell of gelatin on its own (the sous-chefs come sniffing when the container is opened) I do prefer to always use either a base liquid with a little flavour or an add-in, just to make things extra tasty.  My go-to combo for basic gummies is stock/broth and gelatin.  My healthy homemade "stock" for making dog treats is more accurately just the residual poaching water that I drain off from cooking chicken, beef, etc. for the dog's homemade breakfasts. It is hard to get unseasoned low-sodium stock where we live plus waste not, want not!

To show how simple making gummies can be, the batch pictured in this post weren't molded at all. They were made with plain chicken stock, popped back into the storage container from the stock, refrigerated to set, and then cubed. Silicon molds are just a quick if you have one, and they make very cute treats too.

📅 In the years since writing this post, we've experimented with a lot of different dog treats and recipes. There are a variety of gummy treat recipes on the blog, but a great starting point is the (newer) comprehensive post on homemade gelatin gummy dog treats It will take you through the basics of making gummies, helpful hints, troubleshooting, and storage tips.  

Tips and Tricks:

  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid makes firm gummies, but if you prefer, you can use more gelatin for added supplementation or less for a jigglier jelly treat with lower gelatin content. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger/weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency. See an example of what I mean below - as a demo I photographed a beetroot batch made and then frozen on a hot humid day without dry-time, so you can see an example of frosty freezing at it's worst, and then the perfect tasty gummy after thawing dry. 

Freezing and thawing gelatin gummy dog treats, before/after examples

ðŸĶī Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Dalmatian dog eating a homemade gelatin gummy dog treat

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