Happy Tasty Tuesday, furiends!
Today we bring you the first in a new segment we’re calling:
During each installment of Ween Cuisine, we’ll bring you food tips, homemade recipes, reports on foods that Gilligan has tried, and/or other food-related fun!
We’re going to kick off this series with a bacony bang as we bring you the recipe you’ve been waiting for…
Gilligan’s Bacon Bites
This is a super simple homemade recipe for a high-value treat that is perfect for top-level rewards. Make sure to check out the video at the conclusion of today’s post to see this bacon treat in action.
In a previous post, we showed you a special outdoor training exercise invented for Gilligan to practice his “Stay” technique, which used bacon treat rewards. Based on the health information* we shared at the conclusion of that article about the facts and debate surrounding feeding bacon to dogs, we have made a couple of changes to the recipe which should constitute some improvements.
*Once again, we urge you to please review this information before making the decision to incorporate bacon or raw meat into your dog’s diet in any way. wagsahoy.com does not take responsibility for individual owners’ dietary choices on behalf of their canine(s).
What you’ll need:
- 1 strip of bacon (nitrate/nitrite-free, low sodium recommended)
- 12 bits of your favorite dog kibble
- 1 rosemary sprig
- A plate
- 2 plastic sandwich bags
- Recommended: Kitchen Scissors
- Optional: Knife/Cutting Board
Take your rosemary spring and mince it into fine bits. You may do this by hand, or using a knife.
Once you’re done with this step, collect your minced rosemary in a pile near your other ingredients.
Roll your strip of bacon in the pile of rosemary, being sure to spread it evenly across the bacon. You may choose to save this step until the end if you prefer.
Using a clean pair of kitchen scissors, or knife and cutting board (or by hand, however this is not recommended), cut your bacon strip into small, width-wise slivers (recommended 1/4″ wide).
The scissors help to keep the bacon to a uniform size that allows you to control the portion of bacon with each treat. Cut thinner or thicker slivers to preference.
Cutting the bacon strip by its width, as opposed to its length, ensures not only that each piece is of a small and manageable size for your dog, but also ensures that each sliver contains a combination of lean meat (pink part), and fat (white part). If you have concerns about feeding your dog pieces of rich bacon fat, you may choose to utilize only/mostly the lean meat portion of the bacon strip. It is not recommended to use pieces that contain only the fatty portion of the bacon (notice in the photo above, there are 12 strips, each with a bit of pink in them; the fat-only pieces on the leftmost lip of the plate are discarded).
Take your bacon slivers and, one-by-one, wrap them around one piece of kibble each, so that the bacon sliver remains securely stuck to the piece of kibble. Once you are done, you will have 12 Gilligan Bacon Bites!
Make sure to refrigerate your batch in a plastic baggie. When planning to use pieces for training, we recommend placing however many pieces you plan to use for your training day (e.g. 2 to 3 pieces) in a separate bag to take with you, rather than taking the entire batch. This ensures that the main batch spends minimal time outside of the fridge and preserves freshness for longer.
Notes About Recipe Refinements:
- Freshness is important when making the choice to incorporate raw foods into any diet. This small-size batch is designed with this rule in mind, recommended to be used within a week’s time for best freshness, however we would urge you to use your best judgment if you have any concerns about the ongoing freshness of your treats, when making the call whether to feed them to your dog or discard them as old. We do not recommend preparing batches of a larger size than you would plan to use in a week’s time.
- The width of the strips was modified from a less precise prior recipe to allow for better portion control.
- Rosemary was added to this recipe as an anti-inflammatory. Some dogs will have a negative reaction to small amounts of fatty foods, and this ingredient is designed to soothe the stomach and pancreas from these effects. Be sure to monitor your dog’s bowel movements for any signs of loose stool, trouble eating, or any other cues that the treats may be disturbing your dog’s digestive health.
An Indoor “Stay” Practice
Last week, we talked about how Gilly’s outdoor Roundhouse Training was unfortunately rained out. Below, we’re revealing the indoor training exercise we mentioned in that article. The weather outside may be frightful, but Gilligan’s progress is, nonetheless, oh so delightful!
We hope you enjoyed this first installment of Ween Cuisine! If you have suggestions for content you’d like to see in future episodes, drop us a line in the comments section below!
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