Making treats for our dogs is a favorite task of mine. I love making biscuits for them and recently decided to venture into making jerky treats. I’ve watched the cost of pet treats go up and up so that provided all the motivation I needed. So off on a new quest of concocting a great treat recipe.
Jerky: characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic . Ya, I should’ve known.
As quests go this was a doozy! I definitely wandered into the Smokey Mountains here. Smokey Mountains you ask? Well, it’s a metaphor but we do live in the hills and there was smoke…
Let me start by saying I have never made any type of jerky. None. So as you watch this video be SURE you follow to the end because I had an EPIC fail from the original recipe I concocted. See, no one mentioned how lean the ground beef should be and in my cost savings frenzy… well, I purchased cheaply. Which almost cost me my dehydrator! And a bit of pride.
So repeat after me 93% or leaner, 93% or leaner… Your dehydrator or oven bottom will thank you.
Don’t forget to check out my Sweet Potato Dog Treat here!
My next quest will involve steak or chicken cut and dehydrated ~ sans smoke.
Simple to make and a great way to know exactly what your dog is eating.
- 2.5 pounds 93% lean ground beef At least 93% lean!!!!!
- 1 small bunch fresh parsley chopped
- 1-2 slices liver – chicken or beef chopped
Chop parsley and liver. Add to ground beef and mix to incorporate.
Shape into patties or logs. Whatever your dog would enjoy. Use one of the methods below to bake.
Store in a resealable zip close bag. Use within 3 weeks.
Use a cookie sheet with parchment or wire racks. I'd place a spill guard on bottom of the oven. Bake at 180°-225° depending on your oven for 4-6 hours. Keep checking on them for your first batch and then make a note of how long it took on your recipe. Next time you make them you'll have all the information at hand. Or paw depending on how you look at it.
Place in dehydrator* and run according to your brands instructions.
*I ran my dehydrator (for the 2nd round) at 165° for 3-4 hours.
A way to use parsley as a medicinal tea for arthritis, urinary tract or gastric issues.
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 quart water
Add 1 quart of water to saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling add parsley.
Remove from stove. Cover saucepan and let stand for 3-4 hours.
Then return the covered pan to the stove and simmer over the lowest heat setting for 1 hour.
Remove from heat, let it cool & strain into a mason or other type jar. OR you could freeze the tea in ice cube trays for longer storage.
Add 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of your dogs weight. You can add to their food or to their water.
Have you made dog treats before? What kind?