Sunday, 17 March 2013

Make Your Own Chicken Jerky Treats

With all of the uncertainty coming out of the dog food industry, and the amount of recalls circulating around chicken jerky treats, I’ve decided that the best way to avoid any risk is to try to make them myself.  

Here’s a quick and easy recipe I’ve managed to dig up.  It works well and Bear is ecstatic to be getting chicken jerky as part of his treat pantry again. 

  • Chicken Breast Fillets
  1. Preheat oven to 200° F
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  3. Rinse off chicken breast and remove any fat.
  4. Slice the chicken with the grain. This will help make the jerky even chewier for your dog. The slices should be very thin, about 1/8" to 1/4" thickness.
  5. Place the strips on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for approximately 2 hours (see note below).
  7. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack until completely cool.
  8. Cut strips into bite sized pieces.
Storing: These homemade dog treats may not last long enough to be stored because they are so good. But, just in case they do, store them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. Freeze any remainder for up to 8 months. Be sure to read our tips on storing homemade dog treats for more information.

Tips & Techniques
  • Checking - The baking times will vary due to difference in ovens, temperatures and meat size. Your jerky treats should be firm and dry, not at all soft or spongy. It is safer to go a little extra dry and firm than for the meat to be underdone.
  • Cutting - Once the treats are cool, it's easier to cut them with kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter, than a regular knife.

Thanks to the Dog Treat Kitchen for the recipe!

Keep your tails wagging
Bear’s P4ws

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! We use our food dehydrator instead of the oven because we can just leave it on and go to bed. It's a great investment if you have a dog and want to make their own treats :)