I love making homemade dog treats for my dogs using dehydrated fruits, vegetables, and meats.
Nowadays, many pet owners are dehydrating their own dog treats, giving their pets home made treats that are easy to prepare and healthier than commercial products.
Some of our favorite dehydrator dog treats recipes include Dehydrated Strawberry and Peanut Butter Dog Treats. It’s fun and easy to make dog treats at home, so why not try it?
Easy to Make
The process is as simple as washing, peeling (if necessary), slicing, arranging on dehydrator trays (or in the oven), setting the temperature, and walking away!
A few hours later, your treats are ready to be eaten, enjoyed, and stored.
What are Dehydrated Dog Treats?
Treats for your dog can be both fun and time-consuming. However, dehydrated foods for pet treats are simply sliced up pieces of meat, fruit or vegetables that are put into the dehydrator and left there for a certain length of times. They are usually crunchier treats for dogs.
Remember to check that any foods you dehydrate are suitable for your dog. Some fruits and vegetables can be dangerous for your dog.
If you didn’t know, when you dehydrate something, you are removing the water out of it in order to preserve it. You’ve probably seen dehydrated fruits, like sweet potato chews and meats in the supermarket or snack aisle.
Benefits of Dehydrated Healthy Dog Treats
Dehydrating meat gives you all the nutritional benefits of eating raw meat, but removes any dangerous pathogens often found there.
Raw treats are also much easier for you to store than dehydrated treats, but they don’t last nearly as long.
Your dog will love homemade dehydrated dog treats for a variety of reasons:
Healthy & Nutritious
You can make dehydrated treats right in your own kitchen for your dog, and we bake every nutrient right into them. Water is the only thing you are removing!
We can make dehydrated dog treats with raw vegetables or raw LEAN meat (fatty meat does not dehydrate well).
After your dehydrated treats have finished their time in the dehydrator, pop them into your regular oven at 300F for 10 to 15 minutes AFTER they have spent time in the dehydrator, so you keep the nutritional benefits but eliminate dangerous bacteria like E.coli or salmonella.
It is unlikely that dogs will get sick from salmonella or E.coli, but I prefer to be safe than sorry.
Dehydration Temperature For Meat
The temperature required for meat cannot be reached by all dehydrators, which is:
- The recommended temperature for poultry is 160°F (70°C).
- If you are cooking beef or fish, the temperature should be 145F (62C).
To ensure the meat is cooked thoroughly, either pre-cook it or cook it more afterward in your regular oven. By doing so, we have heated it through to the very end and is safe for consumption.
Store Easily & Keep for Extended Periods
How long do dehydrated dog treats last? You can store your homemade dehydrate dog treats in an airtight container or zippered bag for up to several weeks.
We can keep dehydrated dog treats at room temperature for two weeks or in the fridge for up to two months without losing their nutritional value.
You can use a vacuum sealer to dehydrate your treats. Put the sealed bags into the freezer and they’ll last for up to 12 months.
You’re probably not going to keep your treats for that long! They certainly aren’t in our house. But it’s good to know, just in case.
Inexpensive & Cost Effective
Most store bought dehydrate dog treats and chews aren’t cheap, especially those that are made from meat.
Making your own dehydrated dog treats saves money and ensures that there are no hidden ingredients or things you don’t want your dogs to be ingesting.
If you’re planning to make them regularly, then investing in a dehydrator might be worth considering. However, you’ll probably recoup that cost within a few months.
You can find food dehydration units for as low as $50 - $60. It was actually less than $60 when I bought mine, and it’s been well worth it.
You can make dehydrated treats using your regular oven too, if that’s what you prefer.
Can You Make Dehydrated Dog Treats In The Oven?
You can bake treats in the oven, but I haven’t tried that myself. The process is very similar, using a baking tray lined in grease-proof paper to place the meat and vegetables on.
Keep the oven as low as possible. Some people also recommend that you leave the oven door ajar.
When drying in the oven, you’ll need to keep turning them every half hour until they are dry.
How Long Does It Take to Make Dehydrated Dog Treats?
When you look for answers to this question online, they’re usually quite vague. It really depends on how thick you cut things, so online timing ranges from 5 to 30 hours depending on how thick you slice them.
Supplies Needed for Dehydrator Dog Treats
- Dehydrator - Best dehydrator for dog treats - Excalibur 5-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator, White: Home & Kitchen
- Medium size bowl
- Rolling pin
- Bacon Grease - every dog's favorite!
Dehydrator Dog Treats Recipe
- • 1 . cup all purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
- • 1 cup cornmeal
- • 1 cup old fashioned oats
- • 1 banana
- • . cup bacon grease
- • 3 tablespoon peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
- • 4 eggs
- In a medium size bowl combine eggs, bacon grease and banana. Bacon grease can be
liquid or solid.
- Add in flour, cornmeal, oats, and peanut butter. Mix until thick like cookie
batter. Add additional flour if needed.
- Flour board and roll dough to ¼” thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes.
- Place treat dough on dehydrator mats, spaced out so they aren't touching. The
dough will not spread.
- Set dehydrator to 145 degrees and check at 8 hours.
- Place in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes to finish them off and seal the flavor.
- Store treats in an air tight container, store in the freezer, or store in mylar
bags for long-term.
- Make sure to label them!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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