I love my dogs. I love feeding them good quality tasty food.
I also HATE wasting… anything. As a farmer I am constantly working to preserve my food whether grown on a tree or in the garden. I preserve my leftovers after I have cooked a nice meal. I even save the animal pelts and tan them for crafts around the house.
We sent a couple of our pigs to the butcher last year and I asked the butcher if he could package up the fat, livers and other organs for me. He didn’t even hesitate and simply said “Sure!”
The Benefits of Liver for Your Dog
Liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that most dogs readily eat. Liver can provide your dog with protein, fat and vitamin A, all of which help them stay healthy if offered in moderation. Liver is also a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc. It provides many B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and essential amino acids your dog needs from their diet to keep them healthy.
Liver can be an important component of a raw food diet for your dog, too. Be sure to use other organ meats, such as the heart, the kidneys or the brain, to give your dog a wider variety of nutrients that he needs for good health.
How did I make my Jerky?
I slice up my livers very thin!! The thinner, the drier which means it will last longer (less moisture.)
I like to marinade the slices in fresh Oregano. Really its just to mask the awful smell while they are dehydrating. I rinse all of the excess blood, toss in the Oregano and let it sit in the fridge for about 6 hours.
Next I lay them on my dryer racks. You can also broil them in the oven.
The drier they are the longer they will last. I dehydrate at 160 degrees F for 9-12 hours. I store mine in a cloth sack in a cabinet that is safe from mice. I do not like to use the fridge or glass jars since they can absorb moisture.
Shelf life can be up to 2 years if stored correctly.