It’s game day and you have a party planned, but what about your fur pal? He wants to get in on the celebration too! So, while you celebrate your favorite team with beer and chips, why not help your dog celebrate with a healthy and delicious treat? Here are two recipes that use chicken and pork, that are easy to make and healthy too! You can even make them ahead of time.
Pork Chop Jerky
Pork has 9 amino acids that are good for your dog, plus vitamins B6 and B12 and selenium. Pork also has taurine, which if you have read about dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs recently, you know that this amino acid may play a roll in preventing this potentially fatal condition.
You want to find fairly lean pork chops. Too much fat can upset your dog’s stomach or cause pancreatitis. You don’t want to be trying to find a vet on game day. It’s hard to cut all of the fat off, so just do your best. But be aware, that the more fat left on the meat, the faster your jerky will spoil.
1 pound thin-cut boneless Pork Chops (or any other protein if your dog has allergies)
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.*
2. Clean the pork chops, then carefully slice them into strips and remove all the fat you can. You will find they are easier to cut if frozen slightly.
3. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
4. Dry in an oven, with the door slightly open to let out moisture, for about 3 to 4 hours, until meat is dry in appearance.
Cool and store in an airtight container.
*Don’t make the mistake I did on my first dehydrating experience and set the temperature too high. You will cook the meat and it will become hard as a rock.
If you have a food dehydrator, just follow the manufacturer’s directions for dehydrating. I’m using the Power Air Fryer Pro.
Ginger Nori Chicken Jerky
Here is a healthy treat for your dog. Nori is seaweed and is full of micronutrients. It has more vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc, than most fruits and vegetables and your dog needs these in his diet. One tip though before you make this, marinate a few pieces first and see if your dog likes it. I didn’t and Shelley had to rinse it all off. I bet I will still be able to smell it, but she is going to try to make it yummy.
2 to 3 Chicken Breasts
2 Nori Sheets
1 tablespoon dried Ginger
2 cups Water
1. Using a food processor or blender grind the nori sheets to a powder.
2. Combine water, ground nori and ginger in a bowl.
3. Clean the chicken breasts, then carefully slice them into strips, removing all the fat you can from the meat. They are easier to cut if frozen slightly.
4. Place chicken strips into the marinade and allow to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Place on a cookie sheet 1/2 inches apart, brush with marinade for additional flavor.
7. Dry in an oven, with the door slightly open to let out moisture, for about 3 to 4 hours, until meat is dry in appearance.
“I thought these were yummy!”
Cool and store in an airtight container.
If you have a food dehydrator, just follow the manufacturer’s directions for dehydrating.
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