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15th January 2008, 03:35 AM
I'm currently dehydrating slices of sweet potatoes... wish me luck on them turning out. :)

15th January 2008, 06:20 AM
how do you dehydrate something?
and good luck!

15th January 2008, 06:59 AM
I would like to have a go at making some sweet potato chews for sally. How are they going? Could you let us know how you've done it?

15th January 2008, 10:33 AM
Here are 2 recipes on how to make the Sweet Potato (Yam) chews. One in the oven and the other with a food dehydrator. I haven't tried either one, but am saving them for when I am adventurous. At present, I buy Sam's Yams instead. No fuss, but definitely more money than doing it yourself.

Dog Recipes for Dried Yams

Anyways, I found a recipe that doesn't require a dehydrator; you just use your oven.
Wash a yam (the really orange variety) and cut down the middle lengthwise.
Then cut long, lengthwise slices about 1/3 inch wide and place them on a single layer on a cookie sheet. [I would use parchment paper or non stick foil if your cookie sheet isn't non stick]
Put in the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 hours. This leaves them kind of chewy, but you could also bake them a little longer to get them crunchy.

Here is the "recipe" for the Yams using a food dehydrator.
Slice the potatoes on a mandolin slicer and place 6 racks in the dehydrator.
Depending on the time of year, it takes 4 to 8 hours to dry them out.
You can do the same thing in the oven at 200 degrees or less but it takes longer.
(The mandolin slicer will help you have more uniform slices.)

15th January 2008, 01:13 PM
So it's 7am and I have woken up to more crunchy then chewy, but I'm waiting to see what they do once they've cooled.I sliced mine length wise and laid them in the dehydrator that my grandma found at either a resale shop or a rummage sale. Maybe I'll take pics of them after work. I've tried them in the oven before but I didn't like letting my oven be on for that long.

15th January 2008, 02:10 PM
Thanks. I might try out this recipe. Do they last a long time like raw hide?

15th January 2008, 02:42 PM
No, they won't last anything like the time a rawhide will. They are more like quick chew treats.

For non US people these are actually sweet potatoes; Tesco carries them. I am sure actual yams would work too (you can get them in some African markets in Dublin) but what are called yams by us Yanks are not actually real yams (always a point of confusion!). :lol:

15th January 2008, 02:43 PM
Yams vs sweet potatoes (http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/sweetpotatodiff.htm).


16th January 2008, 01:39 PM
Yes, this confused me. Especially since I was in the Chinese warehouse across the road from me looking for sweet potato for soup, and found them labelled 'Yams'. Only they were sweet potatoes. Definitely sweet potato... Why do Americans call them Yams? It always sounds very Gone With the Wind-ish to me.