If you have a picky eater like Charlie and are constantly checking to see where treats are made from, then it’s time to invest in a dehydrator to make healthy treats for your four-legged child. After some research, I ended up getting the Presto 06300 Electric Food Dehydrator for around $35 from Amazon, which is considered “the best bang for your buck”. It’s pretty simple to use, dishwasher safe, and the trays can be stacked for compact storage.
First, you want to pick up sweet potatoes or yams. Generally, if the sweet potatoes have white or yellow flesh they are called sweet potatoes and if they have orange flesh they are called yams. Charlie favors a specific kind of sweet potato that is popular in China, Korea, and Japan that is purple on the outside and yellow on the inside. You can usually find them at your local Asian supermarket, your local farmer’s markets, Sprouts and even at Trader Joe’s.
After bringing your tubers home, wash and wrap each sweet potato with foil. Bake at 425 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size. I usually start taking the smaller ones out first after 30 minutes once I can poke through the sweet potato with a fork. Then, cut each one in half to let the steam out, and wait about 30 minutes to cool.
Once cooled, peel off the skins and cut the sweet potato into 1/2-inch wedges.
Then, turn on the dehydrator for 6-7 hours until it’s firm, but chewy inside. My dehydrator is so basic that there’s no temperature setting. You simply plug it in to power it up.
Once dehydrated, I usually keep them in an air tight container inside the refrigerator for up to one month. In reality, it doesn’t really last more than 2 weeks since Charlie loves them so much but also my husband and I like to snack on them too! Just don’t tell Charlie!
Sometimes, I will put a couple of treats inside a Kong so Charlie can take his time to enjoy these delicious treats! Hope your furbaby enjoys these treats as much as Charlie does!