Make this dog jerky recipe for your pet and never have to worry about what's in 'em or where they came from! And, "no recalls" except from your dog wanting another one!
Chewy, tasty and delicious, these 100 percent meat snacks will
motivate your puppy or dog and you'll love how simple they are to make.
They also help with dental care.
Store them in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or freeze them for three months.
Substitute chicken for beef or use any other meat, game, or fish if
you prefer. (game should be frozen before using to eliminate bacteria
according to USDA)
So let's get to it - Fido is waiting.
Dog Jerky Recipe
1 pound inexpensive beef, such as beef stew or flank steak
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Other seasonings - optional
The small amount of garlic in the recipe will add to the "smell" appeal dogs go for.
While garlic in large amounts is a no-no, an occasional treat with it added for flavor and aroma, is not a problem.
Other seasonings to try are parsley, turmeric or kelp powder. The latter is really helpful for dental care.
Preheat the oven to 200°F
Remove visible fat from meat
Slice the meat into very thin slices (1/4 inch thick or less - thinner dries quicker).
Place slices on a wire rack over a cookie sheet. Leave space between pieces for air flow.
Bake for three to four hours, or until the meat is well-dehydrated.
Remove and transfer dog jerky to a rack to cool completely.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator (or freezer for longer storage)
Nutrition Facts Per serving (makes about 30) Calories: 28 cal | Carbohydrates: 0 g | Protein: 4.2 g | Fat: 1.3 g | Saturated Fat: 0.5 g | Cholesterol: 8 mg | Sodium: 8 mg | Potassium: 51 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Calcium: 2 mg
Dog Jerky Recipe Notes
Meat will be easier to slice into thin strips if it has been slightly frozen.
Keep slices the same thickness so they will dry out in same amount of time
Take into account your dog's mouth size and chewing style when deciding how big to make them.
For a senior dog or one with dental challenges, you may want to make them less dry.
Oil the baking rack lightly for easier release of the strips when done.
Reverse the pan occasionally for even drying.
If need be, turn the strips over and keep baking until thoroughly crisp.
The meat will become darker and shrink quite a bit so bear this in mind when starting out.
Drying time will vary depending on the thickness of meat pieces plus the variability of oven temps.
If you make jerky often, for your pet or yourself, you can make the meat cutting easier with a jerky meat slicer.
While the directions in this recipe call for making the dog jerky recipe in the oven, you could also make them in a dehydrator like this one:
Dehydrators are great for retaining the nutrient value of many foods that may not be available year round as well as for making tasty and healthy family snacks at any time.
Once you see how easy it is to make this meaty snack for your pet and how much enjoyment it brings, you'll want to make the dog jerky often - in fact Rover will insist you do! (try a taste for yourself)