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Have you ever heard of satin balls?
If you’re like me, the first time you heard the term satin balls you thought to yourself, “What the heck is a satin ball?”
Well, I did the research, the experimenting, and my dogs did the taste testing. So now I can tell you all about satin balls!
What are satin balls?
Essentially, Satin Balls are magic meatballs. They contain raw meat and other deliciousness that are intended to be fed to underweight dogs to quickly add pounds.
Satin balls also make great dog treats, which is how I use them, and my dogs love them!
Diana Carreon developed this magic meatball recipe in 1996. Since then, Satin Balls have been made by thousands of people for their pets and the recipe has been tweaked here and there.
Other dogs that benefit from Satin Balls
- Lactating/whelping dogs
- Working dog/show dogs
- Undernourished/malnourished dogs
- Dogs recovering from illness or injury that resulted in weight loss, muscle atrophy/wasting, changes in coat condition
- Elderly dogs that have a hard time keeping weight on
- Rescued dogs arriving in poor condition
They are very easy to make! There’s no cooking involved! So go ahead, give these dog treats a try! Your dog will thank you!
The following is my version of the Satin Balls recipe.
10 pounds 73/27 ground beef
10 large eggs
10 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 large sweet potato
Equipment you will need:
1-2 Extra large pans (I like this one. I use it all the time when meal prepping for my dogs)
Or you could get something disposable like this
Meat Ball Scooper (optional)
Let’s get to making these healthy dog treats so your pups can enjoy their magic meatballs.
First, pulse Total cereal in the food processor to make it finer. Set it aside in a large bowl.
Then grate raw sweet potato, skin on, into the bowl.
Add Oatmeal and Wheat Germ to this bowl. Mix well with rubber spatula.
After that micture is well incorporated, crack 10 large raw eggs into the food processor. Toss the shells in there too. Chop until shells are fine.
Add Coconut Oil, Molasses and Gelatin to the food processor. Mix well.
Note: You may need to warm the coconut oil in the microwave for a bit to soften it.
Now, grab an extra large pan and place your ground beef, contents of the large bowl and food processor and mix well by hand (if you’d like you can wear gloves for this).
If you have another large pan line the bottom of it with parchment paper.
If you do not have another large pan then just place a sheet of parchment paper on the counter or table.
After that, you’re ready to assemble our dog treats.
Roll mixture into balls by hand, about the size of a ping pong/golf ball. Or use a scooper to get the perfect magic meatball size.
Place the dog treats on the parchment paper.
Layer with more parchment paper and more satin balls until the mixture is all “balled” up. (Haha)
If you have just one pan, now you can take the satin balls and place them in the pan, in the layers of parchment paper you made.
Then, place them in the freezer.
Once frozen, remove the meatballs and place them in gallon sized Ziploc freezer bags.
How to feed these magic meatballs
Firstly, Satin Balls are intended to be used as a healthy dog treat, or a supplement to your dog’s diet. That is to say, they should not be fed as a meal. Secondly, these meatballs for dogs should only be fed to adults only, not puppies. Lastly, because they are rich and high in calories they should be fed in moderation.
Therefore, if you have a dog that needs to put on weight, introduce these dog treats slowly while increasing the amount daily. Meanwhile, keep an eye on your dog’s weight. Once you’re happy with the appearance of your dog, cease to feed these, or transition into feeding the meatballs just as a daily treat.
These magic meatballs are fed raw and can be given frozen. If you prefer, let sit them in the fridge for a bit to soften. Either way, my two love these.
This recipe makes about 180 balls. Obviously, this recipe could be modified to make smaller batches but as long as you keep them frozen they will last a long time.
Can these healthy dog treats be fed as a meal?
Some sources will tell you that Satin Balls can be fed as a meal and are balanced. However, I personally disagree with this statement. While I love feeding Satin Balls and think they are a great treat for dogs and are great for putting on a few extra pounds. But when feeding my dogs meals, I abide by the 80/10/10 rule. This is what I have been taught is, and believe is, the only way to achieve a properly balanced nutrition in your dog’s diet.
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