Saturday, August 3, 2013

Dog Jerky Treats

Question about dog jerky treats: 
Q: Please help. I tried making dog jerky treats, but it was not easy. I cut the meat by hand and then pounded it using a mallet. It took me forever! It also created a mess in my kitchen. Is there an easier way? 

how to make chicken jerky dog treats
Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

A: Here are some fellow dog treat business recommendations that should be helpful to you! We offer three suggestions recommending three different products - highlighted in blue - with links to the actual product. The dog treat business names are highlighted in mauve with corresponding links to their Facebook pages enabled.

1) Knife and cutting board set from Cabela's makes cutting easier

The following suggestion comes from Lynne:
  • Precook chicken breasts in the oven or microwave.
  • Let cool.
  • Using a sharp long knife and cutting board, slice the breasts very thin. 
  • Tub a little ginger or cinnamon on the breats.
  • Dehydrate the chicken for about 12 hours 
2) Chef's Choice electric slicer works well on frozen chicken

The next suggestion comes from Kimbra's K9 Crunchies based in Eagle Point, Oregon.

  • Freeze chicken breasts.
  • Slice them into think strips using an electric slicer.
  • Dehydrate.
Kimbra says that before she started using the electric slicer, she cut the
meat by hand, but found that cutting either frozen or partially frozen meat makes the job easier.

Electric slicer
Chef's Choice electric slicer

The Doggy Dessert Chef agrees that cutting slightly frozen chicken makes a big difference in the ease.

Electric meat slicer
Deni electric food slicer
This electric slicer is the favorite of Zelda's K-9 Treats and Things, LLC,  
based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin suggests to freeze chicken breasts and leave the hearts in as well. 

Zelda says that if you decide you want to make dog jerky using tongue, be sure to wear rubber gloves and hold your nose. However, it is definitely worth the effort in the end.

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