Dehydrated Dog Treats: Homemade Liver Jerky Recipe

Good dogs deserve good treats! If you’re looking for a healthy and nutritious option for your furry friend, why not try making dehydrated liver jerky treats? Not only are they easy to make, but they also offer a cost-effective alternative to store-bought options. In this article, we’ll guide you through a simple recipe to make these delicious treats that your dog(s) will surely approve of!

Easy and Affordable Treats To Make For Your Dog

Have you ever noticed how your pup goes crazy for those freeze-dried meat pieces in their dog food? It’s hard to believe, but they often prefer the meaty goodness over the rest of their meal! And let’s not forget those liver treats that are perfect for training sessions – dogs will do anything for them!

So, here’s a thought… why not make your own treats? Personally, I prefer making homemade snacks for my fur babies. It gives me peace of mind knowing exactly what goes into them – no fillers or questionable ingredients. Plus, it’s a budget-friendly option!

Although my homemade treats may not be freeze-dried, my dogs absolutely adore the liver jerky treats I make for them, and I’m confident yours will too. Just wait until you see the joy in their faces!

How To Make Liver Jerky Dog Treats

The process of making dehydrated liver treats is super easy. While any food dehydrator with adjustable temperature settings will work, I personally use my trusty PowerXL Air Fryer Oven with its convenient dehydrating trays.

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To get started, you’ll need:

  • 1 package of beef liver (4 slices of beef liver)

Now, let’s dive into the steps:

Step 1: Prepare the Liver

Using unbleached parchment paper, cut it to fit the drying rack trays, and set it aside.

Remove the sliced liver from its packaging and give it a quick rinse under cool water. Once rinsed, shake off any excess water.

Place the liver slices on a cutting board and carefully cut them into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Arrange these pieces on the parchment paper-covered trays, ensuring they are spaced apart and not touching each other.

Any leftover liver that doesn’t fit on the trays can be stored in a baggie in the refrigerator for the next batch. Ideally, use it within 24 hours.

Step 2: Flash Bake for Safety

Before dehydrating the liver, it’s crucial to “flash bake” it to ensure the meat is safe for consumption. This step eliminates any potential Salmonella or E. coli bacteria, safeguarding your dog’s health.

Preheat your Air Fryer Oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and place the trays of liver in it. Flash bake the liver for 15 minutes.

Step 3: Dehydrate the Liver

Once the flash bake is complete, click on the dehydrate icon on your Air Fryer Oven. Adjust the temperature to a range of 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal for the dehydration process. Allow the liver to dehydrate for up to 8 hours.

Step 4: Store and Enjoy

After the dehydration process, remove the dried liver from the trays. Store the liver jerky in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Alternatively, you can freeze them for up to two months.

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Tip: To ensure freshness, it’s best to keep a week’s worth of treats in the refrigerator and freeze the rest in separate baggies that can be used one week at a time.

Now that your homemade liver jerky treats are ready, you have a versatile and healthy option for your fur baby. These treats can be used for rewarding good behavior, as a tasty snack, or even torn into pieces and added to your dog’s regular food.

Remember, treats should be offered sparingly. I typically give my dogs at least one treat per day. I’m confident your fur baby will enjoy these treats too! You can thank me later. 😉

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