Check out this easy way to make perfectly sized dog treats! It uses a pyramid style silicone baking tray. If you turn the tray over, the little pyramids are hollow and you fill those with the batter for your treats. I ordered my trays online, but they may carry them at Freddies or BiMart.
Here’s a recipe I used.
1 can salmon (I also made a batch with sardines)
1 cup of flour (I used rice flour but any flour will do).
Blend the ingredients in a food processor to a smooth batter that’s close to waffle or pancake texture.
Put the silicone trays on a metal baking tray or cookie sheet. Spread the batter into the holes on the silicone tray. The recipe fills 2 trays. Make sure the batter fills the holes cleanly or they won’t come out as individual pieces.
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 mins (adjust time for your oven). I like the treats to come out fairly dry, but for a softer treat you could increase the temp to 350 and bake for 15 or 20 minutes or until they’re done to your liking.
The treats pop right out and are the perfect size to use in training (about the size of your pinkie finger nail). Store them in the fridge or freezer.
I first saw the idea on the eileenanddogs blog. She recommends using tapioca flour to make the treats noncrumbly. I’m planning to try that next time, although these treats didn’t crumble.
I tried a ground turkey recipe, but the stringiness of the turkey meat was difficult to spread in the trays and didn’t come out very cleanly. I’m making another batch today using canned chicken meat. Let me know if you try this method and how you like it!