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Homemade Jerky

I've decided to make some turkey jerky for Nico and my BIL's welsh terrier. The tainted jerky from China started me down this path. I've actually got a very small trial batch in the dehydrator right now. My question is, what seasonings can or should I use? When we make human jerky, we use a seasoning package that has something in it to cure the meat and act as a preservative. I'm guessing it's pretty salty, and I don't know if that'll be good for the dogs. With my small batch, I didn't use the cure stuff - I'm not worried about it lasting very long, I'll store it in the refrigerator and I popped it in the oven and got it heated to over 160 degrees to try to kill bacteria before I put it in the dehydrator. If anyone has made jerky for a dog, how did you do it?
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I am about to embark on this path, so may be able to answer some of your questions in the future!

Check your library for books on making jerky or food dehydrating, maybe you can get some ideas there. I ordered a few books from Amazon, but they aren't here yet. I also am going to place some more books on hold at the library in the very near future! (I had to go renew my library card a few hours ago, so that's the hold up)

Ideally, I would like to make it once a month? I'm thinking that I can use salt to preserve it and maybe keep it refridgerated?

My initial idea, was to let the meat soak in salt water (not OVERLY salty) and then dry it from there, maybe using some cumin or garlic powder for seasoning.

I just picked up a bunch of books on nutrition for dogs, so I'll be back if I find something to post here I'll start going through them tonight.

My dehydrator should be here on Friday, and I'll probably test it out Sat or Sunday.

Lets have fun with this!!!

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you ladies are the best!!!! good luck on this--- keep us posted.




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In researching Jerky made in the USA for my boys I came across this recipe.

http://www.jerkyusa.com/recipes1.htm

they sell jerky for human consumption do you think it would be too salty for our dogs?




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What...I want a dehydrator!!!! Where did you get it? I bet the dogs will love the jerkey Sunnygirl !!!

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I was talking to someone the other day who has as many food allergies as myself and they were telling me that they make jerky for themselves.

They use salt, pepper, garlic. Soak over night, than put in the dehydrater. They said it tastes great. I was thinking about getting a dehydrater and making it for the whole family. I would think it would be okay for the boys. I know you can't give them garlic cloves, but garlic is in alot of dog foods, It's in the Wellness that I feed them. I wouldn't want to much salt for them or us either.

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Keep telling us about how it goes with the dehydrators! This is pretty interesting stuff and it has me thinking too! I could use it for my boys when they go camping too. They could take along dehydrated veggies and then boil them at when they get to camp!
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Yes, I am waiting to hear how all of this goes so I can decide if I want to start making my own jerky. It is nice to have all of you trying it first. Please keep us posted on how it goes. I can't wait to hear if the furkids like it.


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Nico's jerky is done. I don't think there's anything he won't do for it. He's coming, he's dancing, he's holding 3 minute sits (not bad for 4 months), he's doing sit/down/sit like a machine. Unfortunately for Nico, I made a small batch (just 1 lb. of ground turkey) and the kids are eating it like it's going out of style. Just as well, because I didn't use curing salt so I wouldn't want to keep it long. I did cook it to kill bacteria before I dried it, though. I have to go find curing salt tomorrow so I can make more while I have BIL's dehydrator handy.
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Homemade sweet potato treats

I just ordered a small food dehydrator from amazon.com. Until it gets here, I'm just giving my boys real chicken (instead of the chicken jerky) but I am looking forward to hearing others' tips for making homemade meat jerky! For now, I am making my own dehydrated sweet potato snacks in the microwave.

I slice up a sweet potato into 1/4" thick pieces, lay them on a plate, and nuke them until they are dried, but not browned (or burned - like my first attempt), and are still kind of pliable. As they cool, they harden. Some are harder/cruchier and some are more soft, but my dogs love them either way. It is hard to get the consistency right, so I think the dehydrator will work better. But this is good for the meantime. Made in California!!

Oh, also, it seems to help to nuke small batches at a time (otherwise too much steam builds up in the microwave). It helps to open the door to vent the steam periodically too. Good luck!

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