Are sweet potatoes safe for dogs to eat? The answer is a resounding yes, as long as the sweet potatoes are cooked first. In fact, prepared properly they are very nutritious and good for dogs, just as they are for people.
Sweet potatoes rank very high on the nutritional value scale, containing plenty of beta carotene, vitamin C, and other nutrients that are great for the immune system. Daisy loves them and I love giving her a snack that's good for her, though I try not to overdo it. If she had her way, her slim, girlish dog-figure would be long gone!
Buying fresh produce and making your dog's snacks in your own kitchen is easier than you might think. One potato goes a long way, so it's economical, too.
Here's the recipe. Step-by-step pictures are below.
Daisy's Sweet Potato Snacks
1 sweet potato - smooth and uniform in size
a sharp knife or mandolin slicer
Scrub the sweet potato thoroughly with a vegetable brush. It's important that it's good and clean. I don't peel mine, but you can if you want.
Carefully slice the sweet potato into discs about one-eighth inch thick or just a bit thinner for crunchier chips. They bake better when they're uniform in size. To make the slices uniform in size, use a mandolin slicer.
Arrange sliced potatoes on an ungreased baking sheet or pizza pan. I didn't have a problem at all with the potatoes sticking.
Bake in preheated 300 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Check thinner chips sooner. For some of my thicker slices, I turned them over and baked an additional five or 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Store in bags. If they're nice and dry and crisp they should keep well at room temperature. If they're not quite as dry, then store in the refrigerator just to be safe.
|Scrub the sweet potato well using a vegetable brush. |
It's important that the food you use is as clean as possible,
especially since you won't be peeling the sweet potato.
|Slice the sweet potato into thin discs.|
It's much easier with a mandolin slicer. I didn't have mine yet
when I made this batch of chips.
|Arrange slices on a baking pan, place in the oven and|
bake at 300 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
|Wait patiently with your dog until the chips are nice and crisp.|
|Cool the chips then let the dog give them a taste test. |
Daisy loves her sweet potato chips!
|Store the baked chips in a plastic bag.|
P,S. Yes, these sweet potato snacks are perfectly fine for adults. Try some salt or cinnamon if you bake up a batch for yourself. Dogs don't need the extra flavor.