… For something softer, I would recommend checking out my article on making dehydrated ground turkey treats on this blog. If your dog likes to take it’s time chewing it’s food or on treats, go with the grain. I haven’t had a flea problem in forever and I live in the country with fields and woods around me. If you have a dehydrator, you can buy raw chicken feet and dry them out if you want. Just make sure its wide enough to reach your hand into and at least 6 inches tall to accommodate different sized strips. Sahil – thank you for the great article! Homemade Dehydrated Turkey Jerky, treat recipe. Do you have a recipe for beef jerky for dogs? I work with irradiation (gamma ray) regularly with my job in biotech and it’s used to safely sterilize millions of medical components, when it behaves with the materials in the product! Check the strips every hour -- the strips should bend but not break. They should keep them good long enough before you’re ready for another batch! I noticed that you added garlic to the seasoning of your treats. :( Every little bit helps as I work full-time and work on this blog during my free time. Thanks for the info. Hi Linda Interesting question! I almost lost hear year ago. Would they dehydrate properly when put in preformed into meatballs? My cat loves dehydrated chicken. X, I probably would suggest you test you dehydrator with a thermometer or something to make sure its getting not up to that temperature/165. I was at a complete loss on how I was going about to make these treats for my Golden and my Maltese…These two are my kids basically since kids werent an option for me…When I was buying the China made treats my Golden could chew the thicker ones and I had to break the Maltese treats into small pieces…so I would go through the bag looking for thin ones…With that in mind I bought a slicer…and sliced up a good amount and put thm in a ziplock in the fridge for an hour or so…I then searched the web and found you …I guess my question is …can you sliced them too thin?…I know i didnt due a 1/4 inch…I am getting ready to put them into the dehydrator in a few…wish me luck and Thank you and everyone who has responded with tips and ideas as well as there feedback…Very Awesome !!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Dave! Thanks again! The rice would absorb any extra moisture in the shaker, leaving the salt good and in fine grains. My dehydrator’s top temperature is 158f which on manual says thats the temp for cooking meat. So excited because I’ve never made any jerky or anything dehydrated. This snack has all the proteins, and your pooch will just adore this treat. Make dog treats at home for a fraction of the cost of commercial treats, avoiding unnecessary additives. They were really thin-cut, narrow strips, so they dried out just right. Best Answer. I just read this article below, thought it might be helpful. You may be able to find them locally, but shop around, some are marked up as they’ve become kitchen decorations rather than actually used items. All Chicken Bones are slowly dried to ensure optimal nutritional retention while eliminating dangerous pathogens usually found in raw meat. Place the tray in the oven and bake the strips. I am thinking I may just need to dedicate 2-3 trays for chicken only. It might be that the heat source is too close to the chicken and it is cooking faster than it’s drying. I actually picked up a dehydrator today! Preparation. Including melamime in pet food in the past few years. Debbie – Symbol on each package indicates irradiation of product. Good luck! Dehydrated chicken feet … You can try lightly baking at 170F, as steaming or boiling just introduces extra moisture which must come out during dehydration (leading to longer dehydration time). Update: I got around to trying boneless chicken thighs for these treats. Making them seems like a daunting task at first, but it’s so super easy once you get going. My sister has already found 3 ticks on one of her babies. I keep a glass container with the rubber ring on the kitchen counter and put in about a weeks worth of the jerky. Very good point! My dog has been fine eating just dehydrated treats (as long as they were dehydrated at 165F). The water leaving the meat is not necessarily taking these compounds with it, but more likely concentrating them. I’ve put them through the food processor and formed them into meat balls. I’ve done a lot of reading and asked a couple of veterinarians about this and the information I get is that raw garlic (or onions) is not good for dogs, however, garlic powder is ok since the toxic chemical is virtually eliminated in the processing of garlic powder. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1716752/, Cooking the meat to temp. Garlic, on the other hand, doesn’t contain these high amounts of thiosulphate. Don’t buy the crap from China, filled with who knows what (China has notoriously low food safety standards) and don’t pay top dollar for the holistic, organic, over-priced-because-it’s-green treats from the store. Also, they may take longer to dehydrate depending on the size of the meat ball. The Benefits of Dehydrated Dog Treats. If you’re looking for a “safer” alternative to these, one which … I’ll get the jar. add sugar as an ingredient Since moving to Fl my Westie has been having ongoing skin issues due to yeast-so making my own eliminates the added sugar problem! Thank you again. They make such a great homemade dog treat!! I do not want to feed my dogs chicken from China. NO onion tho. I previously made beef lung treats using it. They are the kind that have a rubber gasket seal and latch. I do get white fibery bits on the chicken that are from leftover bits of fat and fascia (muscular sheathing). I would watch them very closely and play it by ear, maybe check them after 4 hours and every hour after that. You might want to try rolling the processed chicken into a flat sheet and cutting them into strips (I do that with raw turkey meat). Just sliced up my chicken and put it in the dehydrater. Remove any and all fat from the chicken, including the little hangy bits on the edges, and any fascia/silver skin covering on the meat. I keep mine in the frig in a zip lock bag, keep for a at least a month with no problem. It’s been dehydrating now for about 4 hours. Just wanted to pass it along. I don’t want you to get alarmed at an irradiation symbol on the food, as many of your vegetables, fruits, and meats may be irradiated as well. To kill the harmful pathogenic bacteria found on most chicken, the chicken must reach 165 degrees F. The maximum temperatures of home food dehydrators typically aren’t enough to kill the pathogenic bacteria on poultry. If you have no idea where to start when buying a food dehydrator, I would consider a budget-conscious Nesco or a super-duper Excalibur (if you’ve got the dough – i don’t even own one yet). You could also try cooking them at a lower heat for longer and that might make them less brittle. Raw chicken feet take ages to dry so there is no point just drying off a dozen or so. And not garlic salt.. Just the powder. runs so quiet. Sorry for the delay in responding, this comment slipped by my catlike reflexes. Homemade Dehydrated Chicken Dog Treats I decided to use my new Presto food dehydrator again today, this time to dehydrate chicken hearts. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, when giving instructions on preparing jerky, most manuals leave out an essential step. i usually make 4-5 chicken breasts at a time, freeze them first, and as they defrost a little easier to slice thinner with a filet knife. Got a giant tray on sale for $7.00. These also appear to generally be pretty cheap cuts too! -sahil. I would much rather make them myself. Course you could just leave them in the freezer as the kids will eat them anyway.. LOL I’ve already talked 2 friends into doing this too!!! I bought my dehydrator the day after the vet told me the cause of his illness! But last year, I realized it was a good way to store up food (I’ll do a later post on food storage). I usually end up going through them too quickly though to ever build up a stock pile though! You should treat them like your cutting boards and knives that you use to prepare other meats. . All-Natural Chicken Feet Treats for Dogs Campfire Treats’ crunchy, dehydrated chicken feet for dogs are a perfect chew for smaller breeds, and a welcome snack for larger canines. Hey Rosie – Thanks for commenting! Has this ever happened to you? Chicken feet also offer the benefit of naturally brushing your dog's teeth. I just made these jerky treats last night for the first time, and am now waiting on the 2nd batch to come out. This makes me think of an “old grandma” trick for keeping salt in the salt shaker from hardening… Putting some rice in the bottom of the shaker. If I have time, I’ll experiment with this the next time I make some treats and let you know the results!! so far so good here.. I’ll be treating the lawn soon as I get to the Equity to buy the stuff I need. This is my second one, the old one did not have a temperature switch. Food Safety News has a great article on the current findings and speculation as to the cause of the development of Falconi-like symptoms in pets, which is still yet to be determined by FDA labs. I would probably use unseasoned beef but do you know which cut is best? So sorry to hear that Jane, but I’m glad he’s okay now! Hi Kellybel, Read more on the FDA warnings here: FDA Continues to Caution Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products And on Nov 20th, 2011, again, the FDA Issues Warning on Chicken Jerky for Dogs DISCLAIMER: This article, originally published in June 2011, came well before the FDA issued warnings on chicken treats made in China. Finally, when shopping the rule of thumb is dehydrating cuts weight by half, so 2 lbs of raw meat will yield 1lb jerky meat. Hi guys and thanks for stopping by! If your strips are thin, they should be dry in less than eight hours on 160 degrees. Chicken breasts require a little longer to prep but you can get more strips out of them than you can a chicken tenderloin. They are a wonderful natural treat, and are available in several different forms to suit individual dogs and owners. I don’t care if YOU eat this crap, but don’t feed it to your dog. But even then, any bacteria on them is likely desiccated beyond recognition. I recommend getting phosphate/nitrate free chicken when possible, since many poultry suppliers pump these solutions into the meat to make them more moist. This would be useful but possibly an added hassle of ordering them and then storing them as well. One additional tip I can provide, a good butcher will slice the chicken very thin for you. If she doesn’t have any stomach issues from eating them, they are probably fine, so pat yourself on the back. Well anyways, I just wanted to let you know the easiest way to cut any meat for the dehydrator is a meat slicer! I’ve got a really nice knife that’s sharp as all get out. After running the machine for about 7 1/2 hours, I separated the racks and allowed everything to cool overnight. can’t believe how easy it is now. Also, a lot of these treats (even the expensive “holistic” brands!) To make them softer, I would take them out of the dehydrator sooner, so they are still pliable/chewy. My suggestion would be to run your oven low around 200-250F and maybe use a rack to get some air flow under the strips. I’ve made 4 batches of the chicken jerky thus far. Thank you . I personally use a Nesco 700-watt and it hasn’t let me down so far. The only things that effect the outcome of these treats are dehydration duration (in hours) and thickness. Make sure to go with a decent quality provider, beef is frequently pumped full of liquids, chemicals, and colorings that only wind up getting concentrated in the resulting jerky. Poor things went through withdrawal a couple of years ago when I stopped buying the crappy Chinese treats. I am so glad to hear more people are making their own dog treats & not buying the “made in China” stuff! We already make jerky for humans in our dehydrator out of venison and beef, but that jerky is lathered with sauce made with salt, a natural preservative. . My kids don’t get any dog food at all anymore. Fruit roll-ups are an easy thing to make, there are many recipes online. I then place in zip lock and store in fridge. The only problem with this Dehydrator is there is no on/off switch. calvinthecanine.com/2019/07/18/homemade-dehydrated-dog-treats Pamela. Garlic is very dangerous for a dog. I know to wash hands anyway but like putting a bit down in the side before giving it to our dog, do I have to be aware of it? Let me know how your “kids’ like the unseasoned batch, and give the turkey treat recipe linked above a try too if you’re feeling bold! Did I slice it too thin – maybe about 1/8″? http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/chicken-jerky-pet-treat-alert/. Will keep you posted. Buy some good quality, antibiotic free chicken breast from the store and use this recipe with your food dehydrator. I’m glad to hear your making your own treats and it’s helping your dog’s skin issues! I’ve been doing it for 20 or years now. Store bought jerky packets also sometimes contain a dessicant packet, which would suck up excess moisture inside the bag. Just keep an eye on the temperature of the smoker so it doesn't get too high and watch so the Just place them in your dehydrator, set the temp to 160 degrees, & should take 2-4 days....and BOOM...a healthy treat for your Dogs!!! Your photos show chicken breasts looking orange (and you mention that color) – but aren’t chicken breasts universally … White? I found you post very helpful. However, since dehydrating isn’t the same as cooking with heat, but rather just pulling the water content from the meat, I think that’s why the meat doesn’t turn white. I just tried making these (first baked them in my oven -170 deg – until cooked, then in my dehydrator) and a lot of the pieces came out looking like there was white paint painted on parts of the chicken. HI, I live in UK. Your instructions were really clear, and I put a link to your post in my blog entry. Two paws up from the hounds , Is it safe to handle whilst dehydrated due to the chicken still being raw? And I am so glad I can now offer pure chicken, sourced and made in the good ol’ USA! Play with oven temps and keep watching them. Since then I have to be careful what she eats and treats from China are not on the list. Use the same prep as the chicken jerky, cut into about 1/4″ strips and dehydrate 8-12 hrs, checking it for texture after 8. But now they are getting older and I got paranoid. https://patchpuppy.com/recipes/how-to-make-dog-treats-in-a-dehydrator That’s definitely one of the drawbacks of this dehydrator, I don’t know why a simple on/off switch couldn’t be incorporated into the design. Hope this helps! Dehydrating chicken that rehydrates well is not as cut and dried as you might think. Hope this helps! Olive or Canola Oil. However, I would think it might be real stinky during the dehydration process! I’m making my dog some plain chicken jerky. Possibly 300-350 for 15-20 minutes and then let them continue drying for awhile in the oven with it off. Thank you so much for posting these instructions. You migh b abl to find other articles with first hand insight. Also, note: Going with the grain creates chewy, fibrous strips. The trick to it is to partially freeze the meat, which stiffens the meat for easier slicing by the meat slicer or pull it out of the freezer and only let it partially thaw. They’ve eaten them for years now. Dehydrated Chicken Dog Treats "Jerky Style" Ingredients. If you have trouble getting the silver skin off, scrape gently with your knife and use a finger to pull it off. The best and easiest method I’ve found is to place them in a storage jar with a gasket. Im sure theres a sweet spot between temp, cook time, and dryness. No seasoning on this batch. You have the same Dehydrator as I do. If more & more people stop purchasing these, the pet companies may get the message that we won’t risk poisoning our furry children! Yes, a bit fiddly to prepare, but as a mom of chicken cutlet addicts, it wasn’t really that time consuming compared to making dinner! Glad the article helped Lisa! Check them at two hours, although it may take three to six hours to complete the drying process. Chantal – glad to hear you got your own dehydrator and thanks for commenting. Also, afterwards, the pieces have these unappealing dark patches in the meat. . My 6.4 lb yorkie got sick. There are solutions, though. FDA just released a new chicken from china dog treat warning. You definitely want to use a dehydrator that goes to 165F (the temperature of pasteurization, which is what they do to dairy). If so, I would love some help. Bone broth is a stock liquid from cooked or simmering raw bones. Thank you for making this tutorial. Hi Julie – White paint, you say? Going against the grain creates  more tender, leathery strips. Both my kids LOVE them. I don’t trust any of the treats sold in stores. Chicken feet are rich in protein, and naturally high in chondroitin and glucosamine, which supports joint health and mobility. If needed, dehydrate longer. hoping for the same this year. Think I lucked out by not having any of my kids get sick from them. I never thought of using a slicer, since I always considered them to be well out of my price range. If I helped you out, please consider helping and supporting this website using the PayPal Donate Button below. I bought the Nesco 700 dehydrator a few months ago, & have been making the jerky treats, but would like to expand to add some fruit & veggies. I don’t think you’ll ever have to worry about seasoning this for your dog either! Love my dehydrator, I’m new at trying homemade treat for my dog. Buy your liver in any protein you like. Thanks for the tips Billie, I’m glad you found this article useful. Wonderful site! This bone broth recipe for dogs is easy to make, and offers impressive health benefits. I would hope a dog’s stomach could handle it, but it would be worth a shot if you picked up some salmon filets. However at some point, there may be a cost benefit of getting a dehydrator rather than running your oven for hours at a time. You don’t need a huge professional one. 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