DIY: Liver and Potato Grain Free Dog Treats

11 Apr

Liver and Potato Grain Free Dog Treats

Making your own grain free dog treats is simple. Just because your dog is sensitive to grains, doesn’t mean you can’t make the treats he needs. You can always make substitutions to existing dog treat recipes, but with this yummy liver and potato recipe, who needs to!

Grain free dog treats are not just for dogs with dog food allergies. And even though liver dog treats are often associated with dog training, you can make this recipe any time, and for almost any dog.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. liver
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1 1/4 cup potato flakes
  • beef or chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Cut liver in to 1″ pieces. The size does not need to be accurate since you will be pureeing it. However, the smaller size helps aid the process.
  3. Place ingredients, liver through potato flakes, into a food processor.
  4. Pulse ingredients.
  5. Be ready to add the broth as needed to make the mixture spreadable into the pan. The consistency will be very thick.
  6. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  9. Use a knife to loosen, then invert pan and empty onto a wire rack.
  10. Let it cool completely before cutting.

Storage: Since these dog treats use liver, they will not last as long as other treats. I would recommend no longer than 3 days in a dog treat jar, 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer.

Tips & Techniques

  • You can easily use beef or chicken liver for this recipe. To intensify the meat flavor, be sure to use the same meat flavored broth as the type of liver you choose.
  • Potato flakes are just dehydrated potato, or better known as instant potatoes. What you should keep in mind is that your dog does not need the additional flavors, salt and artificial preservatives that some instant mashed potatoes contain. So, we recommend sticking to just potato flakes that you can find with the other grains and flours. Your best bet is a specialty grocery store or health food store.

2 Responses to “DIY: Liver and Potato Grain Free Dog Treats”

  1. Arlene June 27, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    My Doberman Pinscher Chloe loves these grain-free liver treats! After I bake them, when they’re cool, I slice them into “sticks” and put them in my dehydrater to dry them completely. This makes them wonderfully crunchy. Dried like this, they can be kept in a canister at room temperature for weeks without spoiling. I also dehydrate thinly sliced sweet potatoes until they are crunchy “chips.” Chloe loves these, too.

  2. Joy February 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    ***NOTE: Onions & Garlic, in any form, is TOXIC to dogs!!! Even small amounts can cause unseen dangers to dogs!…(per 3 vets questioned separately) *** Watch Out for ingredients like BROTH! Broths are usually made with ONION, sometimes garlic too!***

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