Does your dog love to eat chicken jerky but with all the recent recalls and scares of chicken jerky from China, you wouldn’t dare feed it to him or her? Us, too! Well, dog loving moms and dads, Fidose of Reality has uncovered a recipe to make chicken jerky from home that your dogs will absolutely devour. The bonuses: It’s easy to make, cheaper than buying it, and safe! (it’s made in your own kitchen, after all).
Pet Talk is the name of a sometimes wacky, always upbeat, educational television show about pets, animals, and the humans who love them. Airing in the southwestern Connecticut area, the show features hostess with the mostest Lauren Collier, who has been entertaining and informing the pet-loving masses for almost 13 years.
We share this recipe for homemade chicken jerky for dogs thanks to our friend, Lauren Collier, who is the hostess of Pet Talk, which has been on the air for 13 years. Fidose of Reality interviewed the lovely Lauren Collier for Dogster magazine, where we write a weekly (or more) feature. Meantime, beckon to Bowser and tell Rover to lick those chops: Here’s Lauren’s Chicken Jerky recipe (that viewers are chomping at the bit about):
These all natural chicken jerky strips make the perfect snack for your dog, plus they are so good you can even eat them yourself! A few quick tips for easy preparation: Popping the meat into the freezer for about 15 minutes beforehand makes the meat much easier to slice thinly, and the thinner you slice the meat, the less time it takes to dry.
What you need:
* 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast tenders, sliced into strips about 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch thick
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* Dog Friendly seasonings including parsley, rosemary, and sage are optional… (note: if you have a dog with epilepsy, be careful with the rosemary, as Fidose of Reality found out that rosemary is contraindicated for dogs with seizures. Thank you, Dr. M. Jean Dodds)
Rinse off chicken breast and remove any fat. Slice the chicken with the grain. This will help make the jerky even chewier for your dog. Fat slows down the dehydrating process and will make your chicken jerky spoil faster. Next coat the chicken slices with a few dog friendly seasonings including parsley, rosemary, sage.
Place the chicken breast strips evenly throughout the tray, leaving an equal space between them and making sure that they do not touch each other. This is because there needs to be air flow in between them while they are drying out.
Once they are all in the food dehydrator turn it on and set the temperature for 140 degrees. It will probably take between 3 and 12 hours for it to fully dry, depending on how thick you cut your slices and the exact temperature of your food dehydrator. It is a good idea to start checking it once every hour after the first hour. To check it, simply open up the tray and take one slice out.
Cut it open with a sharp knife and exam the inside. You should see no moisture at all and if it is properly dried it will have the same color throughout. If it is not finished put it back in for another hour. Once it gets close start checking once every half hour.
Once your chicken jerky is done store it in sealed containers, zip lock bags work great for this. Write the date you made it on them. You can also store it in the refrigerator for even longer shelf life. There, you are done. Enjoy your healthy snacks!…..