Tasty Bite!
An edible fall flower, Hollyhock, with stamen removed and filled with: Saffron Risotto, Butternut Squash, topped with Sprouted Black Lentils and Micro Leeks

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Frugal Raw Gourmet--Use Juicer Pulp to Make Doggie Treats

Doggie Biscuits for Jena

Good Girl!
I tried to get a photo of the biscuit in my hand with the dog coming to get it. However the dog-powered vacuum hole was too much for mere shutter speed time!

Okay, I'm serious. She LOVEs these! Her favorite is Pumpkin Apple with Celery and Burdock Root. But, any veggie-based juice-pulp will do. If you have a centrifuge juicer, you will need to run the pulp through the food processor first. Then, add in the other ingredients.

Yes, dogs need vegetables too! Jena is old and has arthritis. We use ground flax and pumpkin or sweet potato as anti-inflammatory agents in these biscuits. You can leave them out and it will be just as successful as a daily treat. You can also purchase joint support formulas for dogs and add the powders to this mix. (E-3 Live has a couple of good ones. ) The sea veggie provide important mineralization (for people too!)

Organic Ingredients:
  • 1 to 2 cups of left-over pulp from making veggie juice for "people-consumption" (pumpkin, apple, kale, celery, lettuce cores, cabbage, pears, sweet potatoes, burdock root, lemon grass, carrots, beats, or you name it -- just NOT peanuts, grapes or melons.)
  • 1/2 cup of sprouted buckwheat grouts or teff meal
  • 1 cup of ground brown flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup of kelp flakes or crumbled sea veggies of choice
  • optional: 1 TBS raw honey or maple syrup
  • optional: splash of namu shoyu or pinch of living sea salt
  • optional: 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast flakes
  • clean-source water, as needed
Place ingredients in a large food processor, make a mushy globby sticky mess, adding small amounts of water as needed. Pulse at first then let it run until it's pretty much consistent all the way through. (It can have some chunks too. She seems to enjoy celery strings. Go figure!)

Use a spoon to transfer dog-bite-sized globs to a dehydrator sheet. Don't worry about the shape or outer texture of the glob at this point. You can mold them into shapes after dehydrating for a few hours, if you like. Otherwise, Jena doesn't mind a biscuit shaped like a dried glob. She thinks it's extra special!

Dehydrate until crunchy. They keep longer that way. Transfer to you favorite doggie's cookie jar. If your favorite doggie does not have a cookie jar, get on it! What else are you going to do with all that veggie pulp?

The more we juice, the more doggie treats there are! It's a win-win!

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