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I'm still loving my Excalibur food dehydrator and I doubt that this love affair will go away soon. This weekend, I'll be slicing up sweet potatoes and apples (again) and putting them in the dehydrator.
This is my second go around making dehydrated apple dog treats and I learned a few things.
- Opening the dehydrator over and over to check on how the apple chips are doing doesn't make them get done faster.
- Only running the dehydrator 12 hours a day leads to chewy (not crunchy) apple chips.
- It's okay to leave skin along the edge, but when an apple chip slice is mostly skin, it's not as tasty.
Benefits of Apples for Dogs
- low protein
- high fiber
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
I give our dogs apples as snacks all the time. I usually cut then in fours, remove the seeds, and the dogs have a yummy snack that they love. When feeding fresh apples to my dogs, I prefer our own apples or apples from the local farmer's market to grocery store apples. But when I'm dehydrating apples, I get them from our local farmer's market after our trees stop producing for the season.
Easy Dehydrated Apple Dog Treats Recipe
- Thinly slice your apples
- Soak in a mix of lemon juice and water (to prevent browning).
- Remove apples from liquid and place on Excalibur food dehydrator trays.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon or drizzle with coconut oil (optional)
- Dehydrate on 135 degrees for 6 hours (I was dehydrating our apples for too long).
Don't have a food dehydrator? You can do the same in the oven. Bake the apple slices on a non-stick cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for an hour; flip the apple slices over and bake for another hour. When finished, turn the oven off and leave the apple slices in the oven while it cools.
Shopping for an Easy Food Dehydrator?
I really like my Excalibur dehydrator and haven't had any issues using it. I've used it to dehydrate apples, kale, beef, chicken, and more. It's never let me down.
Prefer to Buy? Shop Scout and Zoe's
You can buy dehydrated apple, carrot, and sweet potato dog treats, but it's so much more fun and satisfying to make them at home. If you do choose to buy your dog treats, buy from brands that use limited ingredients.
We prefer Scout and Zoe's – the brand who inspired the names of two of our dogs. They currently offer…
- Purple Sweet Potato Slabs
- Carrot Dog Treats
- Sweet Potato Treats