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Go Organic with Homemade Pet Treats

By  Karen Ilhardt,  Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Do you spoil your pet?  Most of us do.   Often our pets become like a member of the family.  They have a name, special place to sleep, routine, show us affection and like to eat certain items.   My dog is now 14 years old and still greets me with bright eyes and a wagging tail in anticipation of treats.  Our pets show us unconditional love and protection.  They lift our spirits and always listen to stories of our day.  Shouldn’t we treat them to some homemade, organic treats?   

In recognition of National Pet Month, I have included two simple dog treat recipes.   Cats unfortunately, tend to be more sensitive eaters.  If you are the designated caregiver of a cat (or cats) you will need to find what works for your furry friend(s).

The simplest dog treat recipe I could find starts with organic chicken.   There are several offerings of organic chicken in the Simple Truth® line.  The boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs will help reduce some of the prep work.  After the chicken has been rinsed and the fat removed, make thin strips of about 1/8 inch.   Place them on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.   Bake at 200? F for about 2 hours.   Cool completely and break into bite-sized pieces.  Store the treats in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 8 months.  My dog would LOVE these fresh, organic chicken jerky treats!

A little more work goes into making traditional doggie biscuit treats.  They are very similar to homemade cookies so be sure to make them into distinctive shapes or they could be mistaken for people treats.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits with Oatmeal:

                                2 ½  cups Simple Truth® Organic flour

                                1 cup Simple Truth® Natural Oats (rolled or steel cut)

                                1/2 cup Simple Truth® Organic Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)

                                1 1/3 cups hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350? F.
  2. Mix the flour and oats, then add the peanut butter and hot water.   Mix well.   If needed, add a little bit more flour to make it like cookie dough.
  3. Knead the dough then roll out to ¼ inch thickness.
  4. Cut dough into desired shapes.   Cookie cutters work well and add fun to the biscuits.
  5. Place them on lightly greased cookie sheet(s) and bake for about 40 minutes.
  6. Allow biscuits to cool completely – they should be hard.   Dogs love to crunch them!
  7. Store in an air tight container up to one week; refrigerate up to 3 weeks; or freeze up to 6 months.

  ** Let your dog think they are getting “people cookies” by making the traditional ball shape and flattening it with the crisscross of fork tines.  Just be sure to store them in well-marked containers.  J

What special treat(s) do you give your pet?

About Karen Ilhardt:

Karen’s role as Home Economist in the Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) is to answer customer questions and write about recipes, ingredient substitutions, and Food Safety.  She holds BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University’s College of Home Economics with a specialty in Resource Management.  Karen also has teaching credentials from Miami University (of Ohio) and Wright State University.  After having been a food teacher for 20 years she transferred to the corporate world in 2011.  Farming and crafting have always been a part of her life.  Karen values being part of our food production and preparation processes PLUS  being able to share those experiences with others.  The Simple Truth Brand embraces the wholesome nature of the foods we select and consume which makes a perfect choice for Karen’s lifestyle.



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Salem, Oregon

I would like to know what, "provide animals with access to the outdoors", means. If you only provide access that does not necessarily mean they are allowed to use the outdoors. Can you please be more specific about their life on the farm and how they are transported to stockyards and what kind of care they receive?

July 14, 2014, 12:29 PM
Simple Truth

Hi, Melanie. To help answer your questions, we've provided information on both Free Range and Cage Free. Free Range indicates the animal has had access to the outdoors. This will be clearly marked on the packaging. This is a term which the USDA regulation applies only to poultry and indicates that the animal has been allowed access to the outside. USDA regulations do not specify the quality or size of the outside range nor the duration of time an animal must have access to the outside.

Cage free chickens are not housed in cages. Usually, cage free chickens live on the floor of a barn or poultry house. It may also be helpful to know, every aspect of production, from hatching baby chicks to monitoring breeder hens, is carefully supervised to ensure that our chickens are free of stress. In addition, care is always taken to ensure that the birds are treated humanely and are properly handled during catching and slaughtering. Cage free hens are cage free 100% of the time but are not outside.The hens are not given antibiotics or hormones. Our cage free eggs will be clearly marked on the packaging.

Lastly, our requirements meet or exceed the industry and government standards in regards to product safety and animal welfare. Thanks for reaching out and we hope this helps answer your questions.

July 16, 2014, 6:13 PM