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Living In: Syracuse, New York, USA
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Last updated: Feb. 19, 2013 2:49 pm
Posted: Jan. 13, 2013 7:14 pm
Answered by: linda
Jan. 13, 2013 7:18 pm
In my post you commented that you dehydrate chicken for your dog and make jerky. I want to start doing this too,especially since her brand had a major recall in ny. I really don't want to buy a dehydrator for this. I really dont eat jerky all that much :) can you cook it in the oven ? and do you put any seasoning on it for your dog ? TIA
Jan. 13, 2013 8:42 pm
Check this out!
Linda (LMT)
Jan. 14, 2013 4:58 am
Hi linda. I have a dehydrator and bought it mainly to make chicken jerky for my dog. It paid for itself by the money I saved making my own and also for the peace of mind knowing what I'm giving him. You can dehydrate in the oven ... Google has lots of hits how to do it. I do not use any seasonings or oils, just plain and LD enjoys them. After they are dehydrated and cooled I store them in a container in the fridge. Tip; trim away all fat as fat is what makes them go rancid. If there is fat on them they won't keep as long (this is what I read). You can also use ground chicken/turkey too. Make a patty as flat as you can and dehydrate that. When it is almost done cut into strips and finish dehydrating. It's a labor of love for me to make them but it is time consuming but my little guy is so worth it.
Linda (LMT)
Jan. 14, 2013 5:03 am
Another tip; if you use the oven find a rack that is like a cooling sheet that can go in the oven (all metal) and put that on a cookie sheet. This way the strips are exposed on both sides (like a dehydrator) and flip at least once during the process. Because it can take 4 - 6 hours to dehydrate meat (thickness dependent) I make as much as I can. They keep well in the fridge and I'm assured of no spoiling that way.
Jan. 14, 2013 1:46 pm
thank linda, I bought some thin sliced chicken breast I am going to pound a little thinner and cut into strips. and give it a whirl in the oven tonight.I agree it is totally worth it to do this. And a friend has a deydrator she doesnt use and or want and when she finds it in her basement she will pass it along to me.How long do they keep in the refrigerator ? thanks again.
Jan. 14, 2013 1:47 pm
thanks marianne, just home from work and I have to run out again and when I get back I will check this out !
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