Homemade Liver Gummies are always in my refrigerator for my dogs.
Making gelatin gummy dog treats is easy, healthy, plus our dogs love them!
Technically, they are chilled dog treats, but since we love gummies so much, we thought we’d share them with you.
Besides being healthy for our dogs by benefiting their skin, hair, and joints, gelatin contains beneficial amino acids.
I started making treats with it, largely because of its potential health benefits.
My dogs, Ruby and Callie, could use all the help I can give them for their joints and mobility.
Besides including essential amino acids, gelatin is also beneficial for a variety of health benefits, including metabolism, digestion, bones, skin, and hair.
🍖 Gelatin vs. Bone Broth
Gelatin, like bone broth, is processed animal tissue such as skin, cartilage, and bones. If making bone broth sounds like making homemade broth, it's because they have many similarities.
You can use bone broth to make gummies, which are basically just gummies made from scratch. Fortunately, making gelatin is simple and quick.
My dogs still receive bone broth regularly, but it is now frozen in cubes, so I can use it whenever I need it, whether that’s straight bone broth cubes or in homemade dog treats.
Besides using it alone in gummies or other dog treats, there are many other ways to use it. The broth (whether made from scratch or store-bought) is a whole food, which is less processed than collagen or gelatin. Our dogs enjoy its smell and taste.
🦴 Gelatin for Making Liver Gummies Treats
Shopping for a Quality Gelatin
I am happy to pay a bit more for pre-made gelatin since they create it with bones, skin, hides, etc., and I have more confidence in its quality.
Things to look at:
- Company or brand reputation
- Additives (if any) used
- Protein sources, including animal proteins in the gelatin and animal breeding (grass-fed or pastured vs. factory-raised)
- Country of origin (safety and welfare laws)
- Certifications or special standards of the product.
🥘 Making Liver Gummies for Dogs
Gelatin Gummy Dog Treat Ingredients
Adding powdered gelatin to any liquid base that is safe for dogs is an excellent idea, plus it makes quick and easy dog treats. These include dog-safe stocks and broths, fruit purees, vegetable and dairy milks, plain yogurt, kefir, or even plain water.
Besides the main gelatin liquid, other ingredients can be added to it for extra flavor, aroma, nutritional value, or just because you want to. Anything gummy and dog-friendly can create compatible flavours.
Caution: When making gelatin, you should be careful not to work with any fruits containing protease enzymes (proteolytic enzymes), such as pineapple or kiwi. Proteases are also present in some yogurts and kefirs when using dog treats. Deficiencies in digestion enzymes can cause runny jelly, which occurs because of a lack of gelling properties.
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🐶 Setting and Storage:
The gelatin mold can be left at room temperature briefly to gel, then placed in the fridge to set. If you're not confident about getting the mold safely into the fridge without spilling, you could let it sit there for a few minutes until it gels. Ideally, the food should be cooled before giving it to your dog.
It never hurts to wait a few minutes before taking the treats out of the molds. When the gummies are fully set, they will be much easier to remove from the silicone molds.
If you want a more "real" gummy texture, return the gummies, once they have been removed from the mold (or cut into pieces from the pan), to the refrigerator uncovered and let them dry for a day before storing in their original containers. Keep them covered as long as possible so they don't dry out.
You can freeze gummy treats for longer storage, though freezing may affect their consistency.
📋 Storing Homemade Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats
I recommend gummies are refrigerated to preserve their food safety. Once you mix the ingredients, no matter how stable they are, everything changes.
It is possible to freeze gummy treats for longer storage, although the consistency may be affected. Considering how easy they are to make, I prefer to make small batches frequently and eat them fresh from the refrigerator.
When the gummies are frozen, defrosting them uncovered in the fridge instead of them getting slippery while they thaw helps. Besides causing gelatin to separate, freezing results in liquid bleed out.
Note: The gelatin inside the gummies will melt at warm temperatures.
Other factors (such as quality, concentration, and other ingredients) help determine the melting temperature. The temperature is usually well above that of the room, except in the summer when it gets hot, and they aren't exactly pocket-friendly.
👩🏻🍳 Printable Homemade Liver Gummies for Dogs Recipe
Delicious and easy to make Liver Gummy Dog Treats without the smell of liver!
- 1 cup of water
- 3 packages of unflavored Gelatin
- ⅓ cup of liver sprinkle powder
- Heat water in the microwave until it is boiling. Then mix in the gelatin and stir until fully dissolved.
- Mix in the liver powder and mix until fully blended.
- Place mold on a pan/cookie sheet. Pour the mix into the molds. You will need to stir the mix every few seconds as the liver will start to sink to the bottom while you are pouring.
- I used the edge of a fork to help scrap the
runoff on the mold into the mold cavities.
- Allow too cool and set up on the counter or to speed up you can put it in the fridge.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g
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