Most commercial dog foods contain dangerous chemicals, animal by-products, fillers, preservatives and an endless list of unpronounceable ingredients. Your best friend deserves better, and the simple, all-natural recipes in The Healthy Hound Cookbook (Adams Media, 2014) will make it easy to create healthy meals for your favorite canine. The following excerpt “Dehydrated Chicken Liver Treats,” from Chapter 7, provides a recipe for grain-free, Paleo-diet dog treats made from chicken liver.
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In the last few years, numerous dog deaths and illnesses have been attributed to tainted jerky chews made with ingredients from China. There’s absolutely no need to put your dog’s health or your own peace of mind at risk, though, because it’s super easy to make your own healthy jerky and chews for your dog. You’ll know just how the chews were prepared, and you’ll know they were created with human-grade ingredients.
Homemade jerky chews also have the advantage of letting you customize the thickness and chewiness of the chew based on your own dog. If you have a senior who is missing some teeth, create a softer chew. If you’re sharing your home with a young chewing machine, create a tougher chew. Even better—you can make them all for a fraction of the price you’d pay for chews in the store.
Dehydrated Chicken Liver Dog Treats Recipe
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can make these in the oven on its lowest temperature setting, baking on a lightly greased cookie sheet, and flipping the chicken livers after about 2 hours.
• 1 pound chicken liver, rinsed
1. Spray the dehydrator trays with nonstick spray.
2. If any livers are too thick, use a fork to flatten them slightly.
3. Lay out livers on dehydrator trays, leaving space between them so there will be good air circulation throughout the trays.
4. Allow livers to dehydrate, check drying level periodically.
5. When livers are noticeably dryer, swap position of drying trays and allow to further dehydrate, roughly 4 hours. (Drying times will vary by model of dehydrator.)
6. Once done, allow the chicken livers to cool, then store them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (although they didn't last anywhere near that long here . . . our dogs loved them!) or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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Excerpted from The Healthy Hound Cookbook: Over 125 Easy Recipes for Healthy, Homemade Dog Food—Including Grain-Free, Paleo, and Raw Recipes! Copyright © 2014 by Paris Permenter and John Bigley and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Buy this book from our store: The Healthy Hound Cookbook: Over 125 Easy Recipes for Healthy, Homemade Dog Food—Including Grain-Free, Paleo, and Raw Recipes!