Monday, 8 October 2018

{RECIPE} Marinated Rosemary Ginger Beef Jerky Dog Treats

Mmm....jerky!  It's so doggone irresistible to our boys, yet homemade dog jerky treats are super simple to make and are a healthy treat option. Perfect! It also happens to be one of the few homemade treats that our very picky senior cat is keen to share with his dog brothers.  For simple DIY dog jerky treats there is absolutely no need to marinate at all - straight up plain jerky is our go-to meaty treat - but by special reader request we're often asked about ideas for marinating so we've created two quick and easy lightly flavoured dog-friendly marinades to help get your kitchen creativity flowing. Here are the delicious details on the first marinade.


Marinated Rosemary Ginger Beef Jerky Dog Treats

Note: You can adjust the volumes and/or amount of any ingredient to better suit your dog or personal preferences. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can place your meat on a wire rack over a lined baking tray and use the oven to replicate the function of a dehydrator noting that it is recommended to pre-heat meats to ~75C then dehydrate at ~60C (refer to the safety link below).

Lean beef (or other suitable meat of your preference)
1/2 tbsp powdered ginger 
2 tbsp honey 
2 tbsp dried rosemary (or finely chopped fresh)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water

Marinating: Slice meat into thin strips or small pieces (see tips below), trimming off any excess fat if required. Place in a glass dish (or Ziploc bag, if you prefer).  Combine the marinade ingredients and pour over the meat. Mix to ensure thoroughly coated.  Cover the container and place in the refrigerator to marinate (4 hour recommended minimum and no longer than 24 hours) mixing periodically to ensure all the pieces get a nice bath in the marinade.

Dehydrating:  Remove from refrigerator and drain marinade. Place pieces onto the dehydrator tray. Optional: Pat lightly before placing on dehydrator trays to reduce liquid and make dehydrating and tray clean up a little easier.  Dehydrate according to your specific dehydrator's settings/instructions for dehydrating meat. The dehydration time will depend on your machine as well as how thick your particularly jerky pieces are, but I generally find mine take 4-6 hours. Allow to cool thoroughly before storage. Since homemade dog jerky doesn't use preservatives and isn't heavily salted like human jerky, it should be eaten within a few days of making or frozen (my preference) for longer storage. Dehydrated meat stores very well when frozen as it has already been stripped of moisture which mean that it isn't as vulnerable to freezer burn as typical frozen meat.



Tips and Tricks:
  • Leaner is better when it comes to making jerky.  You don't want fatty marbled meat: harder to dehydrate, less healthful, and a higher risk of going rancid.
  • For chewier pieces, slice the meat with the grain. For more tender jerky, slice against. Thicker strips will be chewier, but take longer to dehydrate thoroughly. If you find it difficult to slice your jerky meat, slicing from frozen may help. 
  • The easiest way to marinate jerky (or just about anything really...) is to toss everything into a Ziploc bag; however, if you're like us and trying to reduce your waste then a dish is a-ok!
  • For safety, start with a quality lean meat, practice safe food handling, and dehydrate with care using meat appropriate dehydrator settings or oven temperatures.  Although jerky is often kept at room temperature, we freeze and keep only small quantities in the treat jar or fridge to be on the safer side. You can read more about jerky safety here.



Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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