Journal 2018

        Welcome to the Kitchen! 

Here you will find recipes that will delight your pets.

 Lately there has been several warnings and recalls on many dog foods and animal treats found in our local stores.  We love our pets, and one of the ways we show this is by providing them with treats. We love it when it causes their eyes to sparkle with delight. But doing this safely isn't an easy task. There are no guarantees that the the treat found in that box or bag will be healthy and safe. 

When it comes to treats, Prince Pippin and Lady Sofia will give you a two paws up on these! They long for them, they dream of them, and when they finally get them, it's excitement and time to beg for more. The treat they love the most is CHICKEN!  

Pippin Chickie Treats

It's pretty simple to make, and costs far less than buying treats. What you need is a food dehydrator. If you don't have it, then go to a thrift store and look for one there. I bought mine at a yard sale. Just make sure it has a fan to blow the heat about.  I've been told how some only have a light bulb. I doubt if they would be an efficient as the one with a fan. However, I could be wrong.

To cut back on extra fat in their diets, and on my time, I'll buy the deboned and skinless chicken breasts. 

Cut the breast meat up into slices about a fourth or a third of an inch thick. I use scissors to do this with, and it's far easier, too!  If you find the chicken a little slippery, you can firm it up a little by placing it into the freezer for a short time. But be careful to not over freeze it. 

Once sliced up you can either leave it as is, or sprinkle on some spices. My vet suggested using Italian seasoning. I was doing this at the start, but soon found that my dogs loved it just as it was. . . .with nothing added.

Place the meat on the tray, and follow the manufacturer's instructions for jerky.  If you don't have a guide to go by, then dehydrate until it's leathery, but not crisp. 

Cut into any size you desire. No, don't listen to your pet, they will expect you to give them the whole strip. Remember, this is a treat and not a meal, and you want them to still eat the other as well.  

One day, while at the veterinary hospital with my dogs, I was asked if I ever give my them chicken jerky. I said that I do, and how much they love it.  He then explained how there are some chicken jerky that come from China, and dogs have passed away from eating it. I asked if there was any that was safe for them to have. He replied that there was. I then asked what brand is it, and he replied, "Whatever you wish to call it." By now I was a little confused, and that's when he told me how to make chicken jerky at home. And they NOW CAN HAVE IT, AND IT'S SAFE FOR THEM TO EAT. I'm passing the recipe on to you. 

 Pippin Chicken Bones 

There are no bones about these Pippin Chicken Bones, just good meat. 

Which makes them not only tasty, but good for them as well.  I've been told how wheat flour is not as good for them as many others, however, I haven't seen any difference in their health when using it.  So it's up to you to what type or brand of flour you use. But try to keep the fat content down by using skinless white breasts.  If you would like I guess you could use any other type of meat, just do not add fat to it if you do. h

Boil two chicken breasts, boned and skin removed, in 6 to 9 cups of water. Cook until there are only a few cups of good chicken broth left in pot.

Remove the chicken from the broth, and place in blender with 2 raw eggs. Add some broth, and blend on high. Add more broth as needed to make a smooth, liquid paste.

In a large bowl put in about 6 to 8 cups of flour. You can use any that is safe for dogs, I use wheat flour. Add the chicken paste and the rest of the chicken broth, mixing well as you go along. Go ahead and use your hands, it's a lot easier. The dogs lick them anyway. lol

Roll out on floured board to about ½" thick. You can use a cookie cutter (I use a bone shaped one) or just cut up into whatever design you like. Lately I've been rolling them into long logs, and they love it that way. It's easier for them to hold onto with their paws. 

Bake at 300° for about 30-minutes or until dry. Keep in refrigerator.

Feel free to use any of my recipes on this page. Only remember this, I'm ONLY a dog owner and not a vet, nutritionist, or a professional chief for dogs. These treats contain NO PRESERVATIVES, and will mold if they are left out. So please refrigerate them at all times. I'll even go so far as to place them in the freezer, just to make sure they don't go bad.