Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spent Grain Lady Treats (a.k.a. Dog Treats)

With Mike's brewing continuing in full force, 519 Kitchen has been blessed with an abundance of spent grain (that's the grain such as pilsner, wheat, caramunich, etc. that's used to give beers their unique flavors and characters).  This grain is generally thrown out by brewers or used for composting projects, but of course, in the Harrington household there is greater joy to be found in discovering ways to use it up.  You may have seen that I failed at making granola with this first batch of spent grain, luckily, my second experiment: dog treats, was a huge success (as evidenced by Lady's eagerness to chow down on these morsels). Best thing about this recipe...it's so easy.

In a large bowl mix 4 cups of spent grain, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of peanut butter and 2 eggs - it's one heck of a thick dough, but use your muscles and you'll get through it.

Next, cut into shapes or just press into a cookie sheet.  If you press into cookie sheet, use a butter knife to separate the biscuits into bit-size/treat-size pieces for your dog and cook at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Remove from oven and break apart the biscuits (unless you already cut them into shapes).

Return to oven, reduce heat to 250 and bake for a couple of hours until they are completely dried out.

If you're feeling spunky, go ahead and test out a biscuit prior to completely drying it out - not to bad for a dog treat!

She's one lucky Lady!


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