A couple of days ago we picked up several pounds of spent grain from Atlas Brew works where Matt works.
Spent Grain is a byproduct of brewing and that is no longer needed once the wort is made. Even though spent grains no longer serves a purpose to brewers, it still has a good amount of protein, fiber and nutrients which makes it a great ingredient to cook with. Spent grain can be used either wet or dry. If you dry out the spent grain by putting it in a dehydrator or oven, and then can be ground it in either a coffee grinder or an actual grain mill. When I grind mine, I use a food processor which does not work as well, but still gets the job done.
Matt and I home-brew so we have made foods with spent grain including basic bread, pizza dough, brownies (my favorite), carrot cake and most recently Dog Biscuits!
Making dog treats is actually a very easy process. First I combined 4 cups of wet spent grain and 2 cups of whole wheat flour in a large bowl. In a separate bowl I combined 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons of natural peanut butter and 1 cup of applesauce that I made from the large batch of apples I picked up at the market.
I combined the wet and dry ingredients to form a large ball, which I put in the refrigerator for several hours. After the dough was hard and cold, I rolled it out on a floured surface and cut out heart shaped biscuits. Perfect for Valentines day!
I made about 2 1/2 sheets worth of dog biscuits, which I then put into our awesome new dehydrator for about 3 hours. The entire time I was cutting out the biscuits, my little sous chef was anxiously waiting for crumbs.
I wasn’t even able to snap a photo of them eating it in time, they devoured it! Lucky for them I have many more left.
Have a good night!