At Casa de Kolchak, we believe in real food.My dogs are used to getting fresh, wholesome foods like lean meats, unseasoned vegetables and seasonal fruits. These real food additions are a part of their everyday diet, so when the holiday roll around. I don’t hesitate to share a bit of Thanksgiving leftovers in a dog-friendly way by turning them into healthy dog treats. Not all dogs are ready for a Thanksgiving feast. If your dog eats kibble or dog food most or all of the time, the holiday indulgence can cause stomach upset or worse, trigger a bout with pancreatitis.
These turkey jerky dog treats made from left over turkey are the perfect, safe holiday treat.
The Stuff (aka Ingredients)
- Leftover Turkey – White meat is great, but dogs love dark meat too
- – 1/4 c. olive oil
- – 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley or other fresh, dog friendly herb
How We Do It (Instructions)
Thinly slice turkey, carving with the grain of the meat.
If desired, mix together oil and parsley in a Ziploc bag. Add turkey meat and toss to coat. Squish out air, seal the bag and allow to marinate overnight. (This step isn’t vital, but it can help revive meat that might have been over cooked or left out and got a bit dry.)
Preheat oven to 150F. Lay out turkey on parchment lined baking sheets or on drying racks. Bake with door open for 3 – 6 hours, until jerky is crispy and crunchy.
Lay out turkey on drying racks. Turn on dehydrator. Dry for 3 – 6 hours until crispy and crunchy.
Store in an airtight container.