Freeze drying is like putting foods in a state of suspended animation. The process was first made popular by the astronauts and is used today to make food for camping and for emergency rations. Freeze dried dog treats are perfect for vacations, camping trips, or just for keeping around the house without having to worry about expiration dates or spoiling. For humans, freeze dried foods are generally revitalized with a bit of hot water, but in the case of pet treats, your pooch can even eat the freeze dried treats without the need for rehydration.
Freeze drying your own dog treats is a healthful and proactive approach for anyone wishing to provide the very best for their pets. It is also excellent for dogs that may be ill, have sensitive digestive systems, or are battling cancer or other diseases.
How can you freeze dry dog treats?
One of the best recipes for simple freeze dried dog treats includes calf or cow liver. Liver is very gentle on a canine’s tummy and generally won’t give them any sort of bathroom trouble. It is also very healthy and full of protein. Most individuals don’t own an actual freeze drying machine, so here is a simple method that will allow you to achieve the same results in your home freezer.
Use only fresh calf or cow liver. Don’t use leftovers from dinner or anything mixed with onions or garlic. Boil your fresh cow or calf liver for 35 to 45 minutes or until completely cooked. Let the cooked meat cool completely and then dice into small bite sized pieces. Lay the pieces out on a flat baking sheet and put them in a very cold freezer or a deep freezer. The colder the freezer is, the better it will be, because you want the meat to be dry and frozen into a dehydrated state. The pieces will need to be frozen for five to seven days to achieve a complete freeze dried effect. It is normal for the liver to turn white during the freezing process.
Test the meat to see if all the moisture is out by taking a piece out and letting it partially thaw. If there is any water at all, it is not frozen enough. Once you achieve the correct freeze dried state, you can store the liver treats in a plastic bag, but it’s still best to keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
Your happy puppy will love these healthy freeze dried dog treats. They are much better than anything you can buy at the store and, without any harmful additives, you can feel confident giving them to your pets without fear of making them ill or irritating their tummies.