Make Dog Jerky Treats
16 Jan by Debbie June Rickman Laughlin
Let’s Make Dog Jerky Treats
Have you thought about making your own dog jerky? Do you find it scary to buy commercial dog treats with all the recalls? Do you waste time agonizing over which store bought treats are safe? Below is one of my pet’s favorites I found at Dog Treat Kitchen. Give it a try and let me know how much your dog loves them too!
For healthy dog treats make dog jerky treasts and stop worring!
Need to make Dog jerky fast!!
- Preheat oven to 200° F
- Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Rinse off chicken breast and remove any fat.
- Slice the chicken with the grain. This will help make the jerky even chewier for your dog. The slices should be very thin, about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thickness.
- Place the strips on the baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 2 hours (see note below).
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack until completely cool.
- Cut strips into bite sized pieces.
Storing: These homemade dog jerky treats may not last long enough to be stored because they are so good. But, just in case they do, store them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. Freeze any remainder for up to 8 months. Be sure to read our tips on storing homemade dog treats for more information.
Tips & Techniques
- Checking – The baking times will vary due to difference in ovens, temperatures and meat size. Your dog jerky treats should be firm and dry, not at all soft or spongy. It is safer to go a little extra dry and firm than for the meat to be underdone.
- Cutting – Once the treats are cool, it’s easier to cut them with kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter, than a regular knife.
There is so much flexibility when making dog jerky treats. You do not need to be restricted to only using chicken. So let’s preheat the oven and go for low and slow for these tasty jerky treats.
There are some dog treat recipes that are so easy, there’s not even a recipe. They are more of an idea or a simple task. A couple examples are:
Yum! Anna Loves When I Make Dog Jerky Treats
- Hot Dogs – Bring a hot dog to room temperature, cut into dog appropriate sized pieces (if you have a small dog, small pieces or a big dog, big pieces). We recommend turkey or reduced fat kosher hot dogs for the ultimate in yummy treats. As a side note, hot dogs in general are higher in fat, so keep the serving size limited.
- Vegetables – Whether they are fresh or frozen, most dogs will gladly accept a green bean, carrot or other tasty morsel. Review the list of foods poisonous to dogs to ensure you are not accidentally serving an unhealthy treat.
- Ice Cubes – Plain water ice cubes are a welcome treat on a hot day. But, make those same ice cubes with chicken or beef broth and you’ll have a friend for life. No matter if the broth is store bought or homemade, opt for low sodium and onion free versions. Since these are frozen, you can make a tray of cubes and save them for future acts of good behavior.
- Chicken – Plain cooked chicken breast (no chicken bones, please) is a luxurious treat that will not soon be forgotten by any furry friend. Next time you are making a chicken dish for yourself, set aside a small amount to cook with no seasoning or oil. Let it cool, cut into appropriate sizes and freeze any remainder.
Making your pet a Valentine? How about homeade Valentine treats. Two recipes for dogs and cats!
Please share your home-made dog treat recipes and let me know how happy your pets are with these!
By: Debbie June Rickman Laughlin
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