Monday, September 17, 2012
We spent last weekend avoiding the hot breath of three labs as the temperature peeked over a 100 degrees in San Diego. To keep the sweet dogs cool, I enlisted my Cuisinart ice cream maker and made Sweet Dog ice cream cones by freezing organic yogurt (sans sugar). It was easy as pie. I added a 32 oz carton of organic plain yogurt to the prefrozen Freezer bowl and started mixing.
Despite the fact that dogs have limited color vision, I am continuing my campaign to develop colorful dog treats. I added my color of choice to the yogurt as it is freezing. I have lots of ideas but I can claim success with yellow, pink or orange frozen yogurt using either natural sources of color or organic food coloring I found at Whole Foods. The store bought food colors are organic and a little expensive but they blended well with the yogurt to create a smooth color.
Orange (not shown): Add 1 cup of pumpin to 32 oz of yogurt
Yellow: Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of yellow food coloring made from Turmeric. I tried turmeric powder and it did not mix well.
Pink: Add 1 cup of mashed up strawberries or 1 teaspoon of concentrated beet extract or red food color made from beet extract.
Once the yogurt looked like a firm soft serve ice cream, I worked with small batches of cones (6), filling them and put them immediately in the freezer. To be perfectly honest, I would prefer to use organic ice cream cones but we had an emergency situation last weekend and I used the standard cones found in the grocery stores. If you want smaller cones, I recommend that you fill the cones 1/2 way or use the mini cones. Once the cones are frozen, I stored them together in a Ziploc freezer bag.
Have a good week,