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Dehydrator
« on: December 08, 2011, 03:10:33 PM »
We are thinking about by a dehydrator to make our own treats..Mainly chicken strips..Anyone do this...
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011, 03:53:48 PM »
yep...I use mine quite a bit, or did before I had the Carpal Tunnel surgery last week  :(
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011, 03:59:55 PM »
I have a dehydrator. Do you just slice the chicken thin and put it in there till it's like jerky?

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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2011, 04:39:12 PM »
I have no clue but I am going to try to make my own treats...
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 05:29:40 PM »
Yes...cut it along the grain about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick, sprinkle with garlic (I use on all dog treats) It takes over night for mine to dry completely, some may do faster or slower depending on the model.  I fill all 5 trays so that may be one reason it takes a while too.

I also do freezer burnt beef for them...they don't know it is freezer burned and I don't think they care for that matter LOL
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2011, 05:37:01 PM »
I was just reading on line today about a lady who makes hers in the oven...slices it like Claire said and then cooks it for several hours in her oven at 200 degress...I plan on trying that tomorrow...I will let you all know how it goes. Mine LOVE those damned chicken jerky snacks but I'm too afraid of them now.
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2011, 09:10:55 PM »
yes, you can set your oven to 200 and just slow cook anything to dehydrate it. Takes about 6 hrs or so.
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2011, 09:17:12 PM »
yes, you can set your oven to 200 and just slow cook anything to dehydrate it. Takes about 6 hrs or so.

Great!!  I have asked my local butcher to thinly sliced about 10 lbs of chicken breast and I'll go pick it up and give it a try tomorrow. 
How do you store it afterwards??
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2011, 07:08:07 AM »
Yep, I used to do that too...if you have a screening of some sort it will be best to put things on for air circulation. Oh, and crack the door a bit so that the moisture can escape.  If you keep oven door closed it takes longer...good luck!
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011, 07:49:18 AM »
Oh I do have a wire cookie rack that I can put on the baking sheet...thanks!  Any tips on storage Claire when it is finished? Does it have to be refrigerated or frozen for big batches?
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 08:10:15 AM »
If it is really dry, nothing special but put in a jar.  If semi dry, I refrigerate. I usually frige anyway to be safe, but the last batch of human jerky I didn't...but remember that is seasoned/salted and the dogs isn't except with garlic powder. Check for doneness, I guess...if it is just chix, you could taste.  Oh and to get more bang for your buck, use a turkey breast...more meat ;)
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2011, 08:21:56 AM »
Great Thanks!!!
And the turkey breast is even cheaper...great thinkin Claire!!!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2011, 10:40:13 AM »
Thanks I am also afraid of those chicken strips also.THanks everyone...I am goign to make my own..
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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2011, 10:51:41 AM »
I've missed something here! ??? What's wrong with the store bought chicken strips? I have some in my cuboard right now!


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Re: Dehydrator
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2011, 11:24:19 AM »
I've missed something here! ??? What's wrong with the store bought chicken strips? I have some in my cuboard right now!

It depends. Some have artificial ingredients or are made somewhere scary (like china). But for the most part, in the long run, it's cheaper to make your own


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