Monday, 18 March 2019
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Using Homemade Bone Broth and Gelatin in Gummy Treats

Bone and paw shaped bone broth gelatin gummy dog treats

As shared last week, when life hands us not-so-jelly bone broth, we make treats!  Bone broth is something with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love the potential health benefits for our pets, but hate actually making it. That's actually how my love affair with using high-quality gelatin powder for quick, convenient, healthy gummy dog treats came about in the first place.

Hubby recently experimented with making a batch of bone broth on the outdoor burner to spare me the broth smells in the house, but the burner proved too high a heat for the low rolling simmer needed to preserve the full gelling power of the broth. Still packed with all the usual healthy goodness, but higher temperatures start to break the proteins down which affects their gelling power. Maybe I need to invest in a pressure cooker and just plug it in out on the deck for broth making. Anyone else second that idea??? Heheh...

🦴 For the best chance of gelling, use lots of joints in your bone selection, don't overheat the simmering mixture, and limit the amount of water (and/or further reduce the broth before cooling).

So, I had a lovely healthy semi-gelatinous bowl of broth and decided that instead of just freezing it, I would use some to flavour some "Bone Brothsicle" frozen dog treats (which I suspect are the dogs' new favourite summer treat) and bloom some with gelatin to set firmly as gummy treats.

Adding gelatin powder to a pan of cool bone broth to make gummies

When making gummies in plain liquid, I almost always work with a ratio of 3 tbsp powdered high-quality gelatin to 1 cup of liquid, which consistently gives me a nice firm solid gummy (and a great health supplement "treat").  With semi-gelled bone broth; however, this would be more gelatin than needed and exceed what the mixture could reasonably bloom. Tricky. For this reason, I'm sharing my method and not a defined recipe as the gelatin quantity will vary from broth to broth

Starting with cooled bone broth, I assessed how viscous the partially gelled mix was an used this to estimate my gelatin powder. In this case, I went for 2 tbsp instead of my standard 3 tbsp. The remainder of the process is the same as with any of our gummies.

Pour the cool broth into a suitable pot/pan. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.

🦴 When bone broth, sprinkle slowly as you're estimating the quantities. If you've exceeded the ability of a thick broth base to fully hydrate and bloom all the sprinkled gelatin, lightly misting dry areas with cool water can help to hydrate these patches (and reduce lumps and clumps in your final mixture). 

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 and pour into a suitable pan or mold to set.  Chill to set fully before removing from molds.  

Of interest, our geriatric (very ill) cat Tiger has always been a picky fellow and even moreso of late, but he was quite keen on the smell of bone broth gummies in the making. I let him sample a little semi-cooled mix and he declared it yummy indeed. Tiger has since taken his final journey. At the stage of his illness when we took the photo above, we were struggling to get the wee man to eat/drink enough to maintain weight so any cat-safe food he took a shine to was a-ok in our books! And healthy food like bone broth, all the better!

Tips and Tricks:
  • Too difficult estimating? Too rich with all broth? Try making standard gummies (easy peasy!) by using diluted bone broth instead of full strength. 
  • Uhoh! Underestimated your gelatin requirements? Gooey gelatin mixtures can be reheated augmented with added bloomed gelatin for resetting. Alternatively, if you're using molds, you can turn them into frozen treats instead.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although this 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.

Dalmatian dog eating a bone broth gelatin gummy dog treat

1 comment:

  1. I used this trick this week with a beautiful batch of rich slowcooker bone broth that was a gorgeous jelly consistency, but not firm enough to slice into cubes. The gummies came out beautifully, but I thought it was worthwhile adding a note here that the moisture in a thick "liquid" (like the jelly) may not thoroughly hydrate the gelatin.

    You can avoid this with added liquid (diluting before blooming) or blooming a separate liquid and treating the broth like an add in to the prepped gelatin; however, if you've already sprinkled your powder and it's not fully blooming, there are a few things you can try to avoid lumpy undissolved gelatin in the mix (not that the dogs will mind...haha!)

    In this latest batch, I let it bloom until I didn't think it would get any wetter/plumper and then put the pan, unstirred, on very low heat until the residual grains disappeared then proceeded as normal. I was nervous about set, but it was perfect. Alternatively, I've also used a very light cool water spritz from above at the end of blooming to boost the hydration of remaining dry granules of gelatin with similar success.


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