Most Rigby pictures have one thing in common — seconds before snapping the photo, I’ve asked, “D’you want a yam?” Cue head tilt!
These sweet little orange chips are by far her most coveted treat, and the best part is, they can be made at home!
1. Buy & wash your sweet potatoes. We try and get pretty large, evenly-oblong potatoes for the best slices. You should be able to fit about one potato on each sheet.
2. Preheat your oven to the lowest possible temperature, anywhere between 160°F and 190°F.
3. Slice the sweet potato. Rigby likes her treats crispy, so we use a mandolin to get thinner slices (about 1/8″). Thicker slices are fine, the final product will just be a little chewier.
4. Spread the slices out on a pan lined with parchment paper. Or, if you have one, use a cooling rack so the heat can get up under the slices better.
5. Place pan(s) in the oven.
If your dog likes chewier treats, remove from the oven once they’re dried out, but still pliable, about 4-5 hours.
If your dog prefers crispy chips (like Rigby), leave them in longer, about 8 hours.
Once they’re your desired consistency (but before the edges brown!), remove from the oven and cool.
These will keep in an airtight container for about two weeks, or in the freezer almost indefinitely.
Besides being delicious, these treats are pretty good for your dog, as well. Sweet potatoes are low in fat and high in dietary fiber, so in moderation, they can improve your dog’s digestive health (read: good poops).
I’ve come across some warnings that dogs prone to yeast infections should avoid starchy foods like this, but I’ve also read some convincing arguments to the contrary. As with any new addition to your dog’s diet, consult your vet, and pay attention to their skin and poops for any negative effects.
What’s your dog’s favorite treat? Can you make it at home? Share in the comments below!