Almost 2 years ago we decided to stop feeding our dogs kibble and made the switch to providing them a full raw meat diet. With the switch came extremely large restrictions and conditions on what they could and could not consume, but we were in agreement that feeding raw was best option for our pups. We all know that treats really aren’t necessary, but we are the type of people who believe a treat is good every once in awhile; especially when you’re training a food driven puppy!
Off we went to the land of Goggle, and we were excited to discover that there are many healthy meat based treats for your dogs – raw fed or kibble. As homesteaders we strive to consume a clean food source, why shouldn’t our pets receive the same care? Treats can easily be made to be grain free, contain a simple ingredient or have a few natural supplements added to them. But the best part? It truly doesn’t take a lot of time to make meat base treats, so there’s really wasn’t an excuse as to why we weren’t doing it.
This post is about making dehydrated liver and turmeric treats, but the options on what else you can make are endless! Items such as chicken and beef strips are a favorite here, in addition to beef heart and tongue.
Aside from dehydrating we also like to smoke meat treats, both salmon skin and underbelly are excellent in the smoker and are packed full of Omega 3. But we can’t forget about the chicken and duck feet, the pups go crazy for them!
I know, many of you are going to tell me that our dogs are spoiled, and you are absolutely right! We have seen first hand the damage that grains and preservatives can do to a dog, specifically our old farm dog. By making treats within the guidelines of their diet we know exactly what is in them and we keep out all of the junk found in store treats.
Out of all the treats we make for them their most favorite is beef liver rolled in turmeric, freshly ground peppercorn and parsley. In truth it only takes 5 minutes make and that consists solely of prep time. Well, unless you include the dehydration time of 5 to 7 hours.
How long it takes to dehydrate the liver treat will depend on a few things – the type of dehydrator you have and how thick you sliced the liver pieces.
Why Add Turmeric, Peppercorn and Parsley?
Organic turmeric contains high levels of curcumin, which is excellent for dogs in many ways. It helps to promote great heart health, works to detoxify the liver, is an anti-inflammatory and helps to relieve allergies issues. It’s also been said to contain cancer fighting properties…turmeric for the win! The curcumin from the turmeric needs assistance to fully absorb into a dog’s system and the way to achieve this it to add freshly ground peppercorn to the mixture. If you’re having a difficult time finding organic ground turmeric at your local market, this brand here is one we use often, and trust.
Freshly ground peppercorn promotes good gum health and can help to eliminate internal parasites. It’s also used to help in the absorption of many vitamins and minerals. You’ll want to make sure that for every half a cup of organic turmeric powder used 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground pepper is added.
Parsley is not only an excellent breath freshener, it also has amazing health benefits. This herb helps with arthritis, is said to help reduce the risks of cancer and works to assist in the treatment of urinary tract infections. It’s also amazing for preventing any kidney related issues and kidney stones, BUT it does come with warning labels – dogs with kidney problems should not consume parley, nor should pregnant females. As part of their meal plan our pups receive parsley twice a week, no stinky breath here!
You don’t need a high end dehydrator for this job, our Nesco dehydrator does an amazing job and you can pick one up easily here. That poor dehydrator of ours, it gets worked to the bone – fruits, nuts, herbs, fruit leather, dog treats, I guarantee you’ll love this hard working machine!
Alright folks, I know you’re going to do your pup’s right by giving this a try, and while you’re at it you might want to try making some Turmeric Paste for your dog. Turmeric paste can be give daily to help with inflammation, here’s the link.
- 1 pound of Beef Liver
- 1/2 cup of Organic Turmeric Powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground Peppercorn
- 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped Parsley
- Slice beef live into one inch pieces, or if using pre-sliced liver cut into strips 1 inch wide
- In a bowl mix together the organic turmeric, freshly ground Peppercorn, and Parsley
- Gently toss together the liver and mixture
- Place on to the dehydrator trays not allowing the pieces to touch
- Set to the meat setting of your dehydrator, or adjust temperature at 170 degrees
- Dehydration times will vary based on the size of your cuts
- Your liver treat is done once it has the texture of beef jerky. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.