Monday, 18 June 2018
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{RECIPE} Cranberry and Herb Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

Cranberry gelatin gummies shaped like paw prints

It is early winter here, and autumn harvest time had cranberry on my mind (and in my freezer...mooohahah). Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here, but these would be doggone delish for a special Thanksgiving doggy treat.  They were also a great opportunity for me to put my "suspended solids" gummy experiments to the test with a combination of chunky berry puree and light floating herbs - details below on how to beat the sinking/floating problem that often plagues non-soluble add-ins during gummy making!  Woohoo!

Step-by-step making cranberry gelatin gummies

Cranberry and Herb Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

3/4 cup cold water or low sodium stock
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1/4 cup pureed plain cranberries (see tips and tricks below)
1 tbsp dog friendly herbs (optional)
Beetroot powder or red colouring (optional to boost natural colour)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Measure cold water/stock into a suitable pot/pan. Tip: I like using a pan instead of a pot when prepping gummies. More surface area makes for easier blooming. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.

While waiting, pre-chill molds (optional) and prepare the cranberries. Puree your cranberries and combine with herbs (I used a combination of dried rosemary and parsley) in a convenient refrigerator safe container which has enough room to hold the additional liquid of your gelatin mix when ready. Set aside while you prepare the gelatin.

Place your bloomed gelatin pan on the stove and gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat, as this can reduce the setting strength of your gelatin. Remove from heat.

Pour the prepared gelatin from the warm pan into the cranberry mixture. Add optional tint to boost colour, if desired. 

When the gelatin and cranberry mixture is warm, the chunks of fruit and added herbs won't stay distributed in the gelatin mixture.  To get a suspended solids gummy, as shown, you will need to cool the gelatin down to just above its setting point so that it is thick and viscous enough to hold the floating/sinking pieces distributed through the gummy. 

Slowly, stirring often, allow the mixture to cool and thicken.  You can do this at room temperature, but it will be faster if you use the fridge (or an ice bath, if you prefer). When the mixture has thickened enough, spoon/pour the finished gelatin mixture into your molds.  Chill to set fully before removing from molds.  

Dalmatian dog begging for a cranberry gummy dog treat

Tips and Tricks:
  • Cranberries may be used fresh or frozen (thawed). Being less juicy than many fruits/berries and thick skinned, they can be difficult to puree so feel free to use a little less cranberry and add a touch of water/stock to the fruit for processing. 
  • These are firm gummies, since I like to supplement my dogs with gelatin, especially my senior.  If you prefer, you can use less gelatin for a jigglier jelly treat. 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 our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information about making gummy treats including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage.  
🦴 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.

Cranberry gelatin dog treats shaped like paws and bones

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