Healthy Homemade Chicken Dog Treats
If you couldn’t guess by the title, today’s post is going to be a little bit different. Other people post pictures of their kids helping out in the kitchen or pimp them out in their photos in hopes that you’ll get sucked into the cuteness factor and dig deeper into their site to see more pictures of their offspring. Well, I’m not beyond this same kind of pandering so today I’m going to post and pimp out one of my twins-Rizzo.
Oh, let me explain the twin thing. No, I do not have 2 dogs…Rizzo is an only “child” mostly because she’d probably eat any other 4 legged critter that might be brought into the house. When people ask me if I have children I proudly announce “yes I do…I have twins.” The twins I’m referring to are not my boobs, although they too carry the twin moniker, but Craig and Rizzo are the twins in my house. On most days the two of them are like a couple of 4 year olds that I can only tell apart because one of them has a big fluffy curly tail. I’ll let you guess which one that is. With their pestering, hanging over my shoulder when I’m cooking meat in the kitchen, big cow eyes begging me to scratch their heads…some days the two of them feel like there’s 10 of them.
I don’t make lots of homemade dog treats, quite frankly Rizzo is a meat girl…if it’s not meat, she’s not interested in it. One of her favorites are these chicken dog treats that we’ve been getting for her for quite some time. I really like them because it’s simply dehydrated chicken breast-no fillers or extra garbage in them…but they can get expensive. So I got to thinkin’ that since I have a dehydrator and they do put chicken on sale…I could make these healthy dog treats, even healthier by knowing exactly what was in them.
I figured out what the price point was that would allow me to make the treats at the same cost or less expensive than buying them. The other added benefit of making homemade dog treats is that since I generally buy the skin on, bone in breasts (to make them) I use the leftover bones to make a big batch of chicken stock. So I actually end up feeding both of the twins something special.
I’ve also found that if we feed Rizzo healthy dog treats she looks and feels better, and at 13 years old you can see pretty quickly the effects of what she eats. It certainly helps that these are easy homemade dog treats and they don’t take a lot of time and effort to make (certainly a lot less time consuming than making doggy biscuits). But since I love her to pieces any extra special things I can do for her makes me feel like I am at least returning some of the love she gives to me.
If you have a pet, do you prefer to vent your problems with your pet or your significant other? A survey conducted last year shows that 33% of married women prefer to talk to their pets rather than their husbands because they say that their pet is a better listener. Presuming the pet isn’t listening attentively just because they are holding its favorite treat in front of them.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been talking with my husband, who seems to be involved with the conversation (he’s making eye contact and answering questions with more than just some kind of guttural noise) and 10 minutes later he claims that we never had the conversation at all. When I talk to Rizzo she wags her tail and gives me facial expressions that I interpret to mean she is paying full attention to my every word (probably waiting for me to drop in the word “walk” or “chicken.”). She may not be understanding what I say, but at least I know she’s listening.
Only 18% of married men feel that their pets are better listeners than their wives. Does that mean women have mastered faking more than just orgasms?
Does talking to your pet make you feel better or does it make you feel like you’re one of those “crazy” pet people?
Recipe: Healthy Chicken Dog Treats
- 4 – 5 Pounds Bone In Chicken Breasts
- Remove skin from chicken breasts and discard or make into fried chicken skin.
- Slice chicken breast 1/4″ – 1/3″ thick slices. (The overall shape doesn’t matter, but make sure that the thickness is uniform.)
- Remove as much of the chicken from the bone as possible and toss bones into a stock pot for making stock (or put them into a plastic bag and freeze them to make stock at a later time).
- Lay out the chicken pieces on the dehydrator tray and make sure to leave room between the pieces.
- Set the temperature on the dehydrator to 145 degrees Farenheit and let it dehydrate for 8 hours.
- To check for doneness, the chicken pieces should snap when broken. If they still have moisture in them, continue dehydrating.
- Store chicken pieces in a zip top bag.
If you use boneless skinless chicken breast, you still need to slice it to a 1/4″ – 1/3″ thickness.
Preparation time: 20 Minutes
Cooking time: 8 Hours
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)