Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Easy Baked Sweet Potatoes - for you and your dog

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Sweet potatoes have long been in the human diet. More recently dehydrated sweet potato chews have entered the dog pet treat, retail selections.

Having knowledge of the health benefits to both humans and dogs, it only makes sense to cook for both at one time.

Baking sweet potatoes is easy. But with most recipes there are very noticeable differences.

The first step is to preheat your oven. Some people like to slow bake at 350 degrees, while others like to bake up to 425 degrees. I personally choose 400 degrees.

The second step in all bake sweet potato recipes is to wash the sweet potato well, removing all small particles of dirt. Sit your potatoes a side and let dry a little, while you prepare the cookie sheet.

The third step is to line a cookie sheet with tin foil. This is to save scrubbing and cleaning after your sweet potatoes are cooked, as some of the sweet liquid contained in them will surely seep from each potato. Once your cookie sheet is lined place your sweet potatoes a few inches apart as seen in the above photo.

Now here is where the difference in baking sweet potatoes comes in: to poke with a fork to vent or to put into the oven to bake. Having tried both, I find just putting the cookie sheet into the oven is best for me as when I poked with a fork, it seemed to loose more of the sweet liquid contained inside each potato. This will be your choice, maybe you will try both as well. 

Baking time will depend on the temperature that you preheated your oven and the size of your sweet potatoes. Typically baking time is between 40 to 60 minutes. The simples way to check is to poke with a fork. If your potato yields and is soft, that means it is ready to retrieve from your oven to stop cooking and begin the cooling process.

Once your sweet potatoes are cooled, peal and cut into bite size pieces, for a sweet treat the whole family can enjoy. This baked treat will last for up to seven days in your refrigerator. 

When adding anything new to your Pampered Pets diet always ask your veterinarian's advise. 

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