How to Make the Least Expensive Homemade Cat & Dog Treats

Did someone say, "treats?" It's possible to make affordable dog and treats with some planning and smart shopping.
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Inspired by all the cat and dog treat recipes you see everywhere these days? With a little planning and budget-wise shopping, you can home-bake nutritious treats on the cheap. The secret is making large batches, freezing extras and using cost-effective whole grains and the least expensive cuts of meat.

Step 1

Shop in bulk-food stores for inexpensive, high-protein flours, such as quinoa, barley, brown rice and cornmeal. Grind your own oat flour in a blender or food processor using steel-cut or old-fashioned rolled oats.

Step 2

Buy natural, unsalted peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower butter in bulk food stores -- note expiry dates and keep natural nut butters under refrigeration. Buy unsalted sunflower seeds and peanuts at a bulk food store. Add any leftover meat, vegetables and roasting pan drippings from your dinners to your dog and cat treats to enhance the flavor and nutritional benefit.

Step 3

Grow your own herbs, such as parsley, rosemary, mint, oregano and especially catnip for cat treats. Research sources of inexpensive cuts of meat, such as farms that raise cattle, sheep, chickens or turkeys. Buy hearts, liver, turkey giblets and muscle meats in bulk and freeze the parts in individual packages. Ask your butcher which cuts of meat are the least expensive and if you can get a discount if you buy in bulk on a regular basis.

Step 4

Bake large batches of treats once a month. Divide them into weekly or daily portions and freeze them in zip-top plastic bags for up to six months.

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