Since we might as well be walking on the sun here at Casa de Kolchak, baking dog treats is out of the question.It’s too darn hot. Most of our time is spent on the deck, sitting still and trying not to overheat. The idea of turning on the oven and raising the temperature in here is laughable. Luckily making dog treats in the dehydrator is a great way to make your dog a homemade chew that they will love, plus it’s SUPER easy. Even if you don’t have a counter top dehydrator, you can dehydrate fish chews in the oven at a super low temperature and they’ll still turn out great. I’m pretty sure my dogs would eat pieces of dehydrated white fish no matter WHAT I flavour it like, but I like to marinate the fish in a tasty concoction, just to kick the flavour up a notch and make my treats a little fancy. Wrap up a handful of these healthy, homemade dog treats in a cellophane bag or in a jar and you’ve got a really nice gift for dog loving friends and neighbours that makes it look like your slaved over gourmet treats, when in reality these take 5 minutes to prep, then you can forget about them until they’re done.
Do you want to make DIY Dehydrated Fish Chews for your dog?Let’s do it.
The Stuff (aka Ingredients)
- 1 lb. of fresh or frozen/defrosted white fish pieces – You can use Tilapia, Sole, Haddock, Cod, Pollock etc. I use what ever is on sale.
- Optional: Marinate using any of the 6 combos below or create your own!
- – 1 heaping tbsp. greek yogurt, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp. fresh ginger & 1/4 c. finely chopped cilantro
- – 1/2 c. mango puree & 1/4 c. finely chopped parsley
- – 1/2 c.tomato paste, 1 tbsp. finely crumbled feta cheese and 1 tbsp. finely chopped basil
- – 1/4 c. anchovy paste & 1/4 c. finely chopped parsley
- – 1 heaping tbsp. greek yogurt, 1/4 c. water + 1/4. finely chopped dill
- – 1/2 cup pineapple puree + 1/4 c. finely chopped cilantro
How We Do It (Instructions)
If desired, trim the whitefish into bite sized pieces. (Kol’s Note: The fish will shrink by about 50% as it dehydrates, so cut your whitefish pieces larger than the size of chew you want to end up with.)
If you are marinading your chews, whisk the ingredients together. Place your fish pieces in a bowl or zip top bag, pour the marinade over them and toss the fish to coat well.
Place in the fridge and marinate for as long as you like. (I prefer to make the marinade the night before and let it sit all night.)
Lay out fish pieces on your dehydrator trays and turn on. Allow your fish chews to dehydrate for 6 – 10 hours. (Actual drying time will depend on the moisture in the fish and the humidity in your area.)
Fish chews are done when they are firm, no longer flexible and break cleanly in half.
Oven Method: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Lay out your fish pieces on a foil lined baking sheet or a drying rack. Cook fish for several hours – Mine took 4 hours. (Again, actual drying time will depend on the moisture in the fish and the humidity in your area.)
Store in a sealed, airtight container. Do not refrigerate.