Dehydrated Pet Treats

I’ve been playing with my dehydrator again!!  This time I made chicken wrapped green beans and the dogs LOVE them!!

It is a time-consuming process, but it is soooo easy.  Cooking time adds up to be about 13 hours, but 12 of those hours I don’t have to be doing anything with it.

I only used 2 chicken breasts because I was testing out the recipe with about 1 pound of fresh green beans.

I started out by washing and cutting the ends off the green beans while starting a pot of water to boil.  I blanched (fancy word for boiling) the green beans in the boiling water for about 3 minutes and then tossed them in a strainer to drain and cool down.

 

While the beans were cooling I trimmed all the fat off the chicken breasts and cut them into 1/4 inch thick slices.  When you are dehydrating meat you want little to no fat left on there because the fat will take longer to dry out and could possibly go rancid.  Also you want to use all the necessary precautions when you are working with raw meat.  Make sure all your surfaces and utensils are clean.  And always be sure to clean up thoroughly after you are done.  We don’t want anyone getting sick from salmonella poisoning!

I took 2-3 green beans and wrapped the chicken strips around each one.

I laid them all out on the dehydrator trays, being sure to make sure there was “breathing” room between each of them.

I had enough to fill 3 of the 4 trays on the dehydrator and I had a few green beans left without chicken so I threw those on the last tray.  I put everything on the dehydrator base and went to put the lid on and discovered that my lid has disappeared.  As usual, I went searching through my cabinets and found a suitable substitute lid to use.  I thought I was being smart last weekend by putting the dehydrator up on top of the fridge so Loki couldn’t get ahold of any of the plastic trays, but I may have left the lid in the dish drainer and he snagged that.  Or it may have fallen behind the fridge.  I still need to pull that out to see – I guess I should do that before I go blaming Loke, right?

Since the chicken wrapped around the beans make them alot thicker, I allowed them to dry for 12 hours before putting them on a cookie sheet and baking them in the oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.  That just finishes them off and makes sure that any germs are completely killed off.   I store them in a glass jar with a sealable lid in the pantry.  And YES the dogs love them!!

**I forgot to share where I got this incredible recipe.  I found this great lady on YouTube that does all kinds of canning called Linda’s Pantry – she has a video for 2 ingredient dog treats here: https://youtu.be/uLzhRPIK808

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