Hey, fellow pet lovers!
Today’s post is a simple homemade treat recipe since I haven’t posted one in a little while, and I had half a beef heart in the freezer that really needed using. I opted to make some dehydrated jerky style treats using this half a beef heart for little Lily, Nia and Romeo the Rottie.
Let’s jump straight into today’s simple post!
Dehydrated Beef Heart Treats
These treats are so simple to make and are also raw feeding friendly, follow the easy steps below to treat your canine companion to their very own batch.
What do you need to make these tasty treats?
- Beef Heart, I used half a beef heart which made about 200 grams of treats
- Sharp Knife, for preparing your beef heart
- Chopping board
- Gloves if you mind getting your hands dirty
- A tub or an airtight jar for your finished treats
This is everything you’ll need to get started making these simple beef heart treats for your canine companion and once you have everything we can move onto step one.
Step One, Sort Out Your Dehydrator and Trays
If you’ve made any treat recipes from the blog before then you will already know that the first step is to sort out your dehydrator and trays, before preparing your beef heart as this means you don’t have to wash your hands in between.
Step Two, Prepare The Beef Heart
The next step is to start preparing your beef heart, this was the first time I’d ever made treats using beef heart and the sheer size of it was insane, considering this was only half!! Thankfully, beef heart is super cheap to buy which means you’ll get a lot of treats for your money.
To start off ensure you take any fatty lumps or sinew away from your heart as if left on it might spoil your treats. It’s impossible to remove all of the fat so just do as much as you can using a small sharp knife. Now it’s time to move onto the next step and cut your heart into thin strips or whatever shape you would like your treats to be.
Step Three, Cut Your Heart Into Thin Strips
Now it’s time to cut your heart into small strips, a handy tip is to make sure your heart is still a bit frozen otherwise it will be harder to cut into even strips. I opted for shortish jerky strips as they are easy to break apart when dried and they look great. However, you could do cubes, or any shape you fancy, just make sure they aren’t too small as they will simply crumble when drying out but you also don’t want them too large otherwise they will take forever to dehydrate.
Step Four, Move Your Prepared Beef Heart To The Dehydrator Trays
Now that the hard work is done it’s time to transfer your prepared beef heart over to your dehydrator trays. Simply place your strips evenly on each tray, as you don’t want to overcrowd them. Once all your strips have filled your trays, wash your hands and we can move on to step five.
Step Five, Place Trays In The Dehydrator
We’re super close to having finished treats that your four-legged friend is going to love, all you have to do is place your trays into the dehydrator on the highest heat setting and on my dehyrator that is 74 degrees. 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, if you don’t have a timer just keep checking on your treats, but they will take at least 16 hours if not 24 depending on how thick your treats are. These treats took a little less than normal, so just keep a close eye on them and take them out when they have fully dried out.
Step Five, Place Your Finished Treats In An Airtight Jar
Finally, your treats are done and your canine friend can enjoy their tasty snacks. My girl Lily loves beef and Nia normally gets itchy due to allergies but so far she seems ok with small amounts. Thankfully, Romeo the rottie is happy to stand in and help little Lily eat the bulk of this batch. Once your treats are done stick them in an airtight container or the freezer depending on how quickly your pet will make their way through them.
If you haven’t checked out our other treat recipes simply head over to our Homemade Treat Section to see the many other raw feeding friendly treats we have to offer, below I’ve listed a few of Lily and Nia’s favourites.
These are just a few of the many homemade treat recipes on epoch.pet so make sure you check out our others.
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