15 October 2011
As you can imagine, 3 1/3 Vizslas (the 1/3 Vizsla is the 5-month old puppy from our last litter) in the house eat a lot of cookies and now that I am on retired and on a pension, buying dog cookies for a multiple-dog household is expensive. Well, just about everything dog-related is expensive but that's a subject for another Blog post. I usually buy large sizes when purchasing cookies from a dog store but even then, it costs a small fortune. When I calculate the cost of the ingredients I use to make a large batch of cookies, it's probably less than $3.00 in total.
And then there is the time to make them. Creating this batch above took less than 1 hr. Rolling out the dough and cutting the cookies take the longest. I sometimes use a bone-shaped cookie cutter but that really adds to the time so this week, I cut the dough in strips and then cut 2-3 strips at a time into large bite pieces. This really sped up the process. My dogs don't care what shape the cookies are after all. Yummm!!
This morning's recipe made up 4 trays of cookies (exactly 234 cookies). To pay for this quantity in the store would likely cost me $15.00 or more (I am talking about a good quality cookie, not the cheap ones with by-products and other yucky stuff). Two hundred thirty-four cookies between 3.33 dogs will last about 7 days in our household. Not long! I can see I am getting myself into a weekly activity!!