So it’s the festive season once again, and everybody’s celebrating. Hopefully, it was a blessed one with your friends, family, and furry ones. While we are all indulging in our festive feasts, we shouldn’t leave our fur kids drooling and begging, isn’t it?
But rather than giving them treats that you have no idea what they’re being made from, why not make them instead? For love our pets shower us with every day, every day should be Christmas for them!
What you’ll need:
1. Convectional oven/Dehydrator
2. Lean cuts of meat/organs/tendon (Fat on the end product would spoil rather quickly)
1. Cut the lean meat into thin strips. Thinner pieces will be easier to dry.
2. As an advocate of raw diets, I usually just cut thin strips of meat and dry them. But if time is an issue, you can boil the meat first until it’s cooked through, pat them dry, then cut them into small pieces.
3. If you have an oven, set it to the lowest heat setting. In addition, I’d usually leave the oven door ajar to lower the temperature further and facilitate air circulation. If you’re using a dehydrator, set it to 75 degrees Celsius. Too hot, the meat will get burnt and lose its nutrients; too low and it may take too long and dry improperly.
4. If you’re using an oven, lay the treats on aluminum foil and spread them out evenly. Flip them over every hour or so.
5. Dry them until they are tough and dry, yet flexible, like jerky.
6. Given Singapore’s weather, I recommend keeping them in the fridge for maximum freshness. The ones I make usually last for a month without any problems.
The best part? My dogs love it more than regular treats, yet it’s way healthier and cheaper. Why don’t you give it a try?