How Long Will homemade dog treats last?

It’s important to note that homemade dog treats aren’t going completely through the “food waste” cycle, and are going direct directly to the dog. The last one you make is going to go directly into the dog, though you will use it for several months before you see the last bit of scraps. In a worst case scenario, you only have about half of the recipe left.

You will also need a recipe from our recipe section. If you don’t have one, you can visit our food waste FAQ page.

Can I mix it with commercial food?

Technically you cannot mix ingredients that have already been cooked. We have seen a few cases of people adding spices to baked goods that weren’t actually mixed in a food processor before baking.

How about mixing it with yogurt or plain old water?

This is a great idea, but it’s not quite as simple as it sounds. For one, you have to prepare the ingredient. You can use a mixing bowl, or even a blender, to prepare ingredients.

Alternatively, you can use a microwave:

Place a large bowl of water or even a big pot of water on the stove top (with the door shut) and just add the ingredients and stir. You will start to sweat the water. If there is a lot of it, turn the heat down some. At first, you might not hear the cooking, so don’t be alarmed. But you will be able to tell when it’s done when the water runs dry. This is a very quick way to prepare a mixture (as long as you don’t heat up the water too fast!) You can just keep stirring and seeing what happens. You can’t make it a more solid mixture like a smoothie, because the water will run out before it starts to change any liquids into solids. Just make sure that you aren’t overmixing, or there will be a huge mess. You only have like 1-2 cup of water.

If using a microwave to stir, remember that if it goes hot, the water is going to have to cook faster. You’ll probably see about 3-5 of the little wafers floating around in your microwave. They’re not too bad when they don’t stick together like a peanut butter spread. Just make sure you aren’t burning yourself to death.

Note: If you want to make a homemade protein cookie substitute, we’ve got an easy recipe you can download here for making protein bars.