today’s world we need to be wary of our food sources, and do-it-yourself recipes are a great solution. Some treats for pets can be very expensive and not all that healthy. These chicken jerky strips can be easily made with just a few ingredients. The end result is healthy and can be enjoyed by dogs and humans.
The only ingredients: 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, vegetable oil spray, 1 Tbsp. salt, and dog-friendly seasonings, such as parsley, sage, and rosemary. The chicken strips need to be cut thin, so placing the raw meat in the freezer a couple hours before slicing helps firm it for easier slicing. The oven baking process takes 2-3 hours; however, a food dehydrator works well to slowly dry the chicken.
1. Preheat the oven to 200 Fahrenheit.
2. Rinse the chicken and remove any fat. Slice with the grain and coat the chicken with the dog-friendly seasonings. To avoid cross-contamination, scrub the cutting surface, knife, and your hands after handing raw chicken!
3. Spray a baking tray with vegetable oil and lay the meat strips in an even layer across the entire tray, leaving space between each. It is important they do not touch so the air flow will dry them evenly.
4. Place the tray in the oven for 2-3 hours, flipping the chicken strips over half-way through.
5. Check for doneness by opening a slice with a sharp knife and examining the inside. There should be no moisture and the chicken will have the same color throughout. Make sure they are completely dehydrated.
6. When done, sore in a sealed container or zip-locking bags. If stored in the refrigerator, shelf life is extended.
If you do purchase your jerky treats, look at the UPC bar code: If the numbers begin with 00-09, the product is usually from the United States or Canada; however if it reads 690-692, the product originates in China. This isn’t foolproof, though, as some products originate in one country and are processed and packaged in another. Thus a product label saying it is an American product may simply be packaged in the US. Read labels carefully; this can be a guide to help you make your purchasing decision.