Recipes for Pets: Simple Dried Liver Treats

Bixby loves dehydrated liver treats. I blame the vet, she hands them out like candy when we are there.

Can't have my box1He also loves boxes. Here he has deconstructed one that I taped shut with a new toy inside. He loved the toy, but first had to make the most of his box time.

I was in the grocery store the other day and stumbled upon a carton of fresh chicken livers. No hormones, no antibiotics, etc, which is important when dealing with organ meats.

I thought he’d really like them. So I tried to give him one…raw. He looked at me like I had lost my mind. Spit it out, pushed it around the floor, and kept looking at me like, “what fresh hell is this?”

Rebuked, I pulled out the baking sheet, turned the oven to 180 degrees (the lowest my temp goes) and started prep.

I washed and thoroughly dried the livers and cut them in half. I lightly oiled the baking sheet and spread the liver pieces out with lots of space in-between so they had room to dry out. Even with the washing, they released a lot of liquid, so halfway through the cooking process, I mopped up the liquid.

Sorry, not much I could do to make dried liver look good. :-(

Sorry, not much I could do to make dried liver look good. 😦

It took about 4-1/2 hours for them to dry out completely. I store them in the refrigerator, but I’ve been doling them out so slowly, I’ll freeze the rest just to be safe.

If this is too much work, or if your dog, like mine, prefers beef liver, we purchase these from the local feed store:


They’re a bit pricey, but they go a long way and a lot less work.


2 thoughts on “Recipes for Pets: Simple Dried Liver Treats

  1. Pingback: Recipes for Dogs: Yogurt Pupsicles | What's 4 Dinner Solutions

  2. Pingback: Friday Recipe Exchange: Recipes for Pups | What's 4 Dinner Solutions

Comments are closed.