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.
From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Tis the season for turkey!
(Kol’s Note: TURKEY ALL THINGS!) Now that your dogs are dressed properly for Turkey Day, they’re ready for the noms!
Many people are very tempted to sneak the dogs some table scraps during Thanksgiving, but if you’re not careful, that can be dangerous. There are tons of food that aren’t safe to share with your pets. (Still want to share a dog safe holiday meal? Check out these tips.)
These turkey dinner chip dog treats are totally dog friendly.
- 1 cup leftover turkey breast meat, finely chopped
- 1 cup leftover potato or sweet potato
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup leftover veggies, like beans, broccoli, squash, carrots – whatever, finely chopped
- 3 – 4 tablespoons cranberry sauce
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