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.
- 1 lb. liver
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. garlic powder (not garlic salt)
- 1 1/4 cup potato flakes
- beef or chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 400° F
- 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.
- Place ingredients, liver through potato flakes, into a food processor.
- Pulse ingredients.
- Be ready to add the broth as needed to make the mixture spreadable into the pan. The consistency will be very thick.
- Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
- Use a knife to loosen, then invert pan and empty onto a wire rack.
- 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.
Concerned by an outbreak of illnesses in at least 600 dogs, government health officials are asking for public feedback to assist in the investigation of poisoning caused by chicken jerky dog treats imported from China, and have for the first time made their findings available to the public.
Obtained by MSNBC through a public records request, the FDA report is the first to name specific brands most commonly cited in poisoning cases. Kidney failure and a variety of ailments have been tied to the contaminated treats, according to data collected from both consumers and veterinarians. The three brands named are:
- Waggin’ Train (Nestle Purina)
- Canyon Creek Ranch (Nestle Purina)
- Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats (Del Monte)
The complaints were collected from October to December 2011, and were submitted by consumers in cities from California to New York. Given the large number of incidents in a relatively short time frame, the FDA intends to continue collecting and analyzing data regarding the poisonings.
“We still invite owners and veterinarians to submit complaints and samples,” said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman. “The more information we have, the more likely we can find a link.”
Consumers who suspect that their pets have been poisoned by contaminated treats are encouraged to report illnesses to the FDA’s pet food complaint site.
Our incredible bronze orlopp turkey from The Healthy Butcher
A little sneak peek taste for Charlie & Sota
Patiently waiting for dinner
Butternut squash, plain yogurt and bananas are on the menu
Logan not so patiently waiting while his food is stirred together
Charlie enjoying the feast
That was great dinner now lets play!
Logan & Sota enjoying a post meal break
Happy Thanksgiving from The Hydrant Crew!
4 red apples, e.g., delicious
3/4 cup granola, with no added salt or sugar
Sprinkling of cinnamon and carob
Preheat oven to 350°F. Hollow out unpeeled apples.
Fill each apple with granola, packing it in as tightly as you can. Place the apples in a shallow Pyrex baking dish, and sprinkle with cinnamon and carob.
Bake for 30 minutes or until apples are tender.
Remove baking dish from the oven and let the apples cool to room temperature.
Serve plain, or add a dollop of goat milk yogurt or Balkan style yogurt.
The human members of your family might enjoy adding some vanilla ice cream.
My little buddy Charlie, showing us how smart he really is … he knows if he doesn’t move, I’ll bring out the treats — Remember! Most dogs are motivated by food
For those that know me, I *love* baking for my dogs!
I”m always putting together new treat recipes, knowing the benefit behind each carefully chosen ingredient.
I hope you enjoy this little dog cookie recipe. It’s super easy to make, and it makes a large batch, so you can keep that cookie jar full for at least a couple of weeks (or a week in my house!).
I’d love to see photos of your home made dog treats!
Paw-Print Dog Treats
Makes about 2 dozen
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup brewer’s yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Combine flour, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Place canola oil in a large bowl. Add flour mixture to oil in 3 additions, alternating with 1 cup stock; mix until combined.
- Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes (dough will be sticky). Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out rounds using a 2-inch fluted cutter (bakedeco.com). Transfer to baking sheets. Make an indentation toward the bottom of 1 circle using your thumb, then press dough to make an arch of 4 small circles on top of the thumbprint using the tip of your pinky. Repeat with remaining rounds. Freeze for 15 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating sheets and lightly brushing with remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock halfway through. Turn oven off, and let stand in oven for 40 minutes.
Dog treats can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 month.