Recipes for Jerky and Chews

It’s common for people to dry food these days and you can also do it for your dog.

Using a food dehydrator is both efficient and convenient, but you can also use an oven if you don’t have a dehydrator. There are various recipes for jerky and chews that you can prepare for your dog.

Chicken Jerky

Your dog is sure to love this recipe because it’s every dog’s favorite. You will need to get a sharp knife ready before you start. It’s advisable to use partially frozen meat since it’s easier to slice. It’s also important to note that thin slices will dry faster, so be sure to make them as thin as possible.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds chicken breast tenders, boneless and skinless

Dog friendly seasonings of your preference, such as sage, parsley, or rosemary, al-
though the sage must be fresh and chopped.

Instructions:

1.Start by rinsing the chicken breasts and removing any fat present. This is important because fat slows the dehydration process down, in addition to giving the jerky a short shelf life.
2.Slice chicken to form strips with a thickness of ¼-1/8 inch. If you want the jerky to be chewier, slice with the grain.
3.Use oil and seasonings to coat strips.
4. Space strips evenly on dehydrator tray, making sure they don’t touch one another. This is because there should be space between the strips so they get sufficient airflow to dry.

5.When finished, place tray inside dehydrator before turning it on and setting the temperature to 140 degrees F. Give it about 3-12 hours in order for the strips to dry completely. There are various factors that will determine the amount of time it will take to dry, such as the thickness of the strips and the temperature of your dehydrator.

Check the strips every hour, beginning in the second hour, to establish their level of dryness. Using a sharp knife, cut into a strip. If you don’t see any moisture in the meat then it has fully dried.

You can use air-tight containers to store your chicken jerky, although Ziploc bags are considered the best. Store containers in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life.

Sweet Potato Chews

This is a really simple recipe with only one ingredient: sweet potato.

Ingredient:

Sweet potatoes

Instructions:

1.Wash sweet potatoes thoroughly before peeling them.
2.Slice into ¼ inch slices (you can do this by cutting down the middle which
should act as their length).

3.Set the dehydrator to 145-155 degrees F, which is usually the highest, and leave at that temperature until slices are completely dried. This will take about 6-8 hours in order to give the slices a chewy texture. If you want the treat to be crunchier, extend the dehydration period until you achieve the texture you desire.