Dog Treat – Beagle Bagles
By Justin Bryce
Serves: 6 Bagels
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: Varies
Beagle Bagels are fantastic for dental health. Because they are so hard but soften a bit with the addition of a dogs saliva, their crunchy consistency helps clean a dogs’ teeth without the risk of breaking them.
6 Super Market Bagels
Preparation & Cooking:
If the Bagels are frozen thaw them in the microwave prior to drying them. There are several ways of achieving the proper consistency for beagle bagels, which of course, is rock solid chewable goodness.
Set the oven to a low temperature, preferably 90C (200F) or below. Place the bagels on a sheet of foil in the middle of the oven and allow to bake. Check the bagels periodically as they can take up to six hours to dry sufficiently, depending upon the freshness of the bagels when you begin. Once they seem solid, place on a rack to cool for an hour before giving to the dogs.
This is the easiest of the three drying methods but also takes the longest. Set the bagels on a sheet of wax paper or foil in an area with good circulation. The top of the fridge often works well as it is closer to ceiling vents. Leave bagels to dry for several days, checking their consistency daily. Depending upon the freshness of the bagels when you began, they may take up to two weeks to dry completely.
After thawing any frozen bagels, continue cooking them in the microwave for extended periods of time at a low heat level (40% or less). Check the bagels every 10 minutes for consistency, but keep in mind that even the microwave can take up to an hour to dry the bagels sufficiently.
Don’t worry about airtight containers for leftovers – the open air just helps to dry them out.
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