It’s so easy to turn your leftover turkey into dehydrator dog treats.
Turkey holidays are my
Turkey holidays are my
I don’t know why. I
They had frozen salmon on sale at our local grocery store this week, so I jumped at the chance to buy up a bunch and make a big batch of homemade dog treats. All it takes is 5 minutes prep and they drive my dogs wild. Kolchak will do pretty much anything for a piece of these Salmon dog treats.
Treat the special pooch in your life to a delicious and healthy homemade treat with our new Lamb & Herb Jerky Dehydrator Dog Treat recipe. It’s easy to make, you’ll know exactly what is in it and you can give your dog a homemade treat that you can feel confident in. … [read more]
If you are a novice at making dog food from scratch, it may seem like there is an overwhelming amount of information to learn. However, you can start off with some basic nutritional guidelines for dogs and continue to learn as you go.
The advantages of homemade dog food are well worth the effort. The following tips on feeding, variety, supplements, and foods to avoid will arm you with some basics.
Keep in mind that with a little research, your beloved, four-legged family member will be reaping the health benefits of healthy, home-cooked meals.
Molasses. Butterscotch. Toasted sugar. Egg nog. And Peppermint. Especially peppermint. Even though I eat mint year round, for some reason I find it so much more satisfying at Christmas. Maybe it’s because that’s when I call it Candy Cane? I don’t know, but to me, Christmas tastes like mint.
I have to be careful not to leave gum out or Kol will steal it. (I don’t even buy gum with Xylitol in it due to it’s toxicity to dogs.) He will absolutely lick a candy cane if you have one in your hand. He loves the stuff and I can’t blame him.
Duh? What a no-brainer. They make the house smell crazy festive, Kol loves them and I have a new and delicious dog treat recipe to share with you guys. I decided to make these DIY dog treat extra special by combining two of Kolchak’s favourite flavours: Peppermint and carob. For the unfamiliar, carob is a rich flavoured bean with a flavour reminiscent of chocolate, but without any theobromine, which makes it 100% safe for dogs to eat. It drives Kol wild. So, it’s safe to say that he is a huge fan of our new homemade peppermint carob dog treats.
It’s just been way to hot at Casa de Kolchak to turn on the oven and let’s be honest? When it’s nice outside, I’d rather be off enjoying life with my dogs than cooped up in the kitchen making homemade dog treats. The good news is, there’s another way! Dehydrator dog treats are perfect to make in the hot weather.
Because a dehydrator works by circulating warm, but not roasty hot air, the machine doesn’t generate a ton of heat, plus I have power on my deck, so I can plug that suck in outside and avoid running it indoors altogether.
Usually, when I make dog treats in the dehydrator I don’t worry to much about pre-cooking the meat. Yes, not cooking it through can leave behind traces of bacteria, like salmonella, but since my dogs are raw fed (and I believe the canine system is much better equipped to handle these bacteria than our human systems are), this slight risk doesn’t cause me a lot of concern. In the summer however, when the heat and especially the humidity are high, it takes me longer than usual to dry out our treats and I feel better knowing the meat was cooked through prior to drying it.
Chances are the BBQ becomes the food prep MVP of your home during the summer. Most people I know use it several times a week and so, it was the easiest most logical choice for our latest dog treat recipe, which is super easy and drives my dogs absolutely WILD.
Since it’s already on, there’s no extra pan or tray to clean up. It won’t heat up the house and WHO DOESN’T LOVE BBQ?!
1 lb. dehydrated dog chews
The Stuff (aka Ingredients)
How We Do It (Instructions)
If desired, stir together Maple Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Soy Sauce and Sage or Parsley.
Slice Pork Loin into generous 1/4" - 3/8" medallions. Place pork slices in a Ziploc bag or covered dish and place in the fridge to marinate over night.
Heat the BBQ to medium heat. (Ideally, you can cook your own dinner, then toss these on while the BBQ cools down!) Place pork medallions on the grill and cook 2 - 4 minutes per side, until pork is cooked through.
Remove pork from BBQ and place in the dehydrator. Turn to 165F or the "meat" setting. Dry for 8 - 12 hours until chews are firm and non-pliable. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate or freeze, as the moisture will rehydrate chews and cause them to spoil faster.
Fully dried treats, if properly stored, will keep fir up to three months, though you'll probably run out of them long before that!
Not a pork fan? We gotchoo covered. Check out all of our great dehydrator dog treat recipes here or help your pooch cool down with a homemade frozen dog treat.
A few weeks ago, we shared how excited we were that the company had sent us one of their banana ice cream makers to try and how we use the Yonanas machine to make frozen dog treats. The dogs love it. I love it. And since we’ve been experiencing a bit of a heat wave here at Casa de Kolchak, we’ve been using it a lot.
We’ve been experimenting with new flavours and recipes for frozen treats that the dogs and I will all love. Dude, sharing is caring and I pretty much never make human treats. The fact that Yonanas is a treat the dogs and I can share is awesome.
It’s rich, it’s creamy, it’s like a PB & J – without the bread!
Let me tell you, these dogs LOVE it. Look at those faces.
What is your dogs favourite flavour?
You guys know how much I love a good kitchen gadget.
Small appliances are my jam, yo. In my dreams, I have a whole room that is just floor to ceiling shelves of small appliances. I’d have one of everything. In real life? I live in an apartment with a small galley kitchen, no pantry and a total lack of storage space, so small appliances really have to be something special to earn a spot in our postage stamp sized appliance cupboard.
A few months ago, we got sent a Yonanas machine to try. Y’all have seen these right? They call it the “banana ice cream” maker and it basically takes frozen bananas and turns them into a thick, creamy frozen treat. A frozen treat that is absolutely perfect for sharing with dogs.
Let’s be real for a minute, making frozen dog treats can be a bit of a pain in the tail. Mix up the ingredients, sometimes blend them, pour them into the moulds, freeze them and then serve them. And even then? Most frozen treats aren’t really an ice cream for dogs, as much as they are flavoured ice cubes. My dogs love ice cream, but it’s not very good for them. Did you know that the reason ice cream is scoopable is because it’s full of milk fat and sugar? Whomp whomp. I love the Yonanas because it lets me make soft, creamy frozen treats that are actually good for my dogs.
Step one: Freeze a slightly over-ripe banana (We call ’em “Cheetah Bananas” because they have those ugly brown spots that mean they’re extra sweet.)
Step Two: Feed it into the machine
Um…I feel silly for numbering the steps. That’s all there is. It really is that easy.
This powerhouse of a small appliance can make so much more than just creamy banana ice cream though. If you can freeze it, you just might be able to Yonanas it. We’ve been playing around, having fun and seeing just how many different frozen dog treats we can make. The answer is A LOT. Here are 28 of Koly and Fe’s favourite things to turn into healthy delicious soft serve frozen dog treats:
Head to the local grocery store and hit the freezer aisle. You can get so many dog friendly frozen fruits and veggies. Just pop the bag in the freezer and make tasty, dog friendly Yonanas whenever you like.
Get creative! Some of the dog’s favourite Yonanas flavours are mixes! Pick 2 or 3 ingredients, alternate adding them to the machine and create one of a kind flavour combinations just for your pet. You can even add toppings to pump up the flavour. You can even try sprinkling a little crushed dog cookie or chopped up jerky treat on top to make a doggie sundae.
Kol’s favourite is Banana with a little bit of peanut butter and blueberries. Felix’s changes all the time, but he’s currently on a real cantaloupe kick. Me? I’m partial to banana berry with just a little squeeze of fresh lemon stirred in. (I find a bit of citrus cuts through the creaminess of the banana in a really refreshing way).
Small appliance have a tendency to get forgotten on a shelf, but this summer, we’ve used the Yonanas 2 or 3 times almost every week. It’s a quick, easy, healthy way to share a frozen treat. The machine even comes apart and washes up in less than 5 minutes. What’s not to love about that? In my opinion, this is one small appliance that is worth every penny of the price tag – and more.
For more human – friendly recipes and frozen treat ideas, visit yonanas.com
To be honest, they can be right. If you want to make the fancy stuff, like liver filled whoopie pies or intricately marbled banana carob cookies, then sure, it’s going to be a bit of work. What people don’t realize is that there is a really easy way to make dog treats at home without ever turning on your oven. Some of the easiest treats I make and the ones my dogs love the most are made in our countertop dehydrator.
Dogs love to eat meaty treats, but jerky and cookies can carry a whopping calorie count and they aren’t great for pups who are watching their waistline.
These easy to make dehydrator dog treats combine the low calorie health benefits of veggies with a taste of meat, to create a green bean chicken dog treat that your pup will love. My puggle, Kolchak is a food hound. (Actually, I usually call him a food something else, with some 18A rated language.) He will cut you and step over your limp body if he thinks it will get him closer to a snack. When something smells super delicious, there is *no way* to keep him from loosing his head. What can say? He’s part beagle. These dogs are slaves to the snouts. Snacks: All the cool dogs are doing it. Actually, all the cool dogs are over-doing it. It’s estimated that almost HALF the pet population is overweight. Time to lay off the Snausages (they are smelly and gross and full of junk anyways.) Still, I totally get it. Dogs love treats and we, as their people, love giving them treats. The secret is learning to give treats that they will love and you can feel good about.
I know we have professed our bean-love before, but let me just say it again. Beans are delish. We love fresh steamed green beans as a treat or green bean pupsicles as a cool treat on a hot day. Beans are full of awesome. Full. Beans are a great source of carotenoids and antioxidants, two things that are essential for kibble fed pups due to the highly oxidized nature of kibbles. Beans are also a rich source of dietary fibre, zea-xanthin, folates, vitamin B-6,thiamin, and vitamin C, as well as a great mineral source for iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium. They are also AWESOME for your waistline.
The only catch? They are just beans. My dogs really love meaty treats and getting them to eat dehydrated green beans without a kick of flavour can be a real challenge. That’s why I decided to combine the power of chicken and green beans to make these easy dehydrator dog treats.
Meaty, Green Bean Dehydrator Dog Treats
2 cups frozen green beans, defrosted
1 cup freeze dried chicken treats, like Purebites (<affiliate link)
*Kol’s Note: You could actually use any kind of dried meat treat you like. Felix loves these made with duck or white fish due to his allergies.
These crunchy green beans treats can be made in the oven or in a countertop dehydrator. We like to make ours in our dehydrator because it is so easy to just pop them in there and forget about them. I always worries about leaving the oven on for this long.
OVEN: Preheat to 150F or get out your counter top dehydrator
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