Hey, fellow pet lovers!
Today’s post is a simple recipe to make your very own dehydrated pork treats. This recipe is a favourite in our household and the youngest out of the bunch; Lily loves them!
Let’s jump straight in!
Homemade Dehydrated Pork Treats
What you will need?
- A chopping board
- A sharp knife
- Gloves if you mind getting your hands dirty
- A dehydrator
- A reusable tub or jar to place your finished treats in
- Scales (None essential)
- A kilo or more of Raw pork tongue or any pork, but we like to use the tongue
You can use, however much pork you want or however much you can fit in your dehydrator. Just remember that the treats will decrease in size to about 1/3rd of their original weight. Now we have everything we need, it is time to start making our treats. I must say out of all the treats I have made my girls, these have to be their favourite!
Step One, Sort Dehydrator & Trays
If you have followed one of my treat recipes before then, you will already know that the first step is to sort out your dehydrator and trays, so that once you cut up your pork into even strips, you can easily stick everything on your trays without having to wash your hands in between.
Step Two, Prepare The Pork
Once we have our raw pork and have sorted our dehydrator trays, we need to prepare it for going onto our dehydrator trays. Get a sharp knife, stick your pork on your chopping board and slice it as evenly as possible; this will ensure your treats dry out at an even pace and are all finished at the same time.
Step Three, Place sliced pork onto dehydrator trays
Once your pork has been evenly sliced and has been placed on your trays, it’s ready for the dehydrator.
Step Four, Transport pork to the dehydrator
Place all your sliced pork into the dehydrator on its highest setting. We have an Excalibur nine-tray dehydrator, and it has a set timer on so we can choose to leave it on for 24 hours or longer. However, don’t worry if your dehydrator doesn’t have a timer just keep checking on your treats every six hours or so, they will take at least 16 hours if not longer.
Step Five, Put your finished Pork Treats in an airtight tub
Well, how simple was that?
We have always kept our pork tongue treats in the freezer as they can be a bit fatty and leaving them out might result in the fat going rancid. So to be safe, we just stick the treats in the freezer and grab them when we need them. I am sure your furry friends will love these treats! A neat little hack if you have a fussy pet as we do, is to grate some of your dehydrated pork treats into your pet’s food if they turn their nose up, this always works for us.
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This might seem like a silly question but how do you know when it’s done? Should it be brittle or pliable?
Hi Caroline, thanks for your comment and there are no silly questions around here. It’s been a little while since I made these treats, but the rule is that you know they’re done when there is no more moisture left—however, these treats were more pliable than brittle.
As you can see in the photo above mine were quite fatty, so I stuck them in the freezer when they were done and took a few out when needed. I use a dehydrator and leave the treats in for at least 16 hours, sometimes longer. I hope this helps and thanks for checking out epoch.pet. 🙂
Thanks, Kaite:) The pork I used, too, was fatty, so stuck in freezer, as well. And, youre right, the smell… I was trying to dehydrate doggo’s raw food for a few days camping trip. Wont be doing that again. Live and learn:p
Caroline, I’m so glad to hear you’ve made these pork treats for your canine companion and dehydrating treats can smell awful haha! I refuse to make tripe treats although many raw feeders do, I just cannot deal with the smell for a whole day or put my dehydrator through that; kidney treats are smelly too, but my girls love them. Enjoy your camping trip, we usually take freezer dried dog food with us as its healthy, stores great and easy to carry. Thanks again for checking out epoch.pet! 🙏