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One Ingredient Homemade Beef Liver Dog Treats

April 13, 2014

One Ingredient Beef Liver Dog TreatsFido doesn’t want the overly processed foods and treats any more than we do. Spoil your loveable mutt with some delicious, homemade, cheap, and super easy dog treats that they will love more than anything you can get in a box or bag! This recipe is dog approved, the pups will actually sniff around for more! Plus, liver is incredibly good for your pooch:

  • Liver is packed with nutrition for your pet, such as Vitamin A and K, plus various B Vitamins including Folic Acid.
  • Liver is also packed with iron and beneficially enzymes.
  • It is rich in protein and is naturally grain-free!

By dehydrating these goodies, you aren’t cooking “out” the good ingredients. You are preserving them in its natural form but giving it a longer shelf life. Plus, at the store – I’ve seen packs of dehydrated dog liver treats sell for $15 a container and some have a bunch of weird additives added into it. By making the liver treats this way, you will know exactly what you are giving to your pup.

But of course, as will any treat – do not over feed your dog with this goodie since it has a high vitamin A content. No more than a couple a day is plenty, and your dog will savor every bite.

One Ingredient Homemade Beef Liver Dog Treats

The Fundamentals

1 grass-fed beef liver, diced into bite sized pieces

The Makings

1. In a dehydrator (I recommend this one, and this more budget friendly one), arrange your bite-sized liver pieces about 1/2 inch from each other.

2. Put the dehydrator on 150 degrees and allow to dehydrate for 5 to 7 hours – depending on how large the pieces are. Cook until they resemble jerky.

3. Store in an airtight container and reward your pooch!

Dehydrating Liver Treats

Other Great Doggie Resources & Treats

Pet Care

I’ve always feed my pets a diet of raw food and bones, but if you’re not quite ready to make 61mfS8E7DKL._SL1500_that transition, I recommend that in the very least you buy organic pet food. I am also a huge fan of this brand of dog food and this brand as they both contain dehydrated raw food for optimal nutrition in a grain-free formula. These treats are also fantastic. For a more budget friendly dog food option, this kind is a great choice.

For a raw food diet, please check out my post here for Real Food Dogs as well as following books:

For other great real food resources and products, visit the Girl Meets Nourishment Shopping Guide here!

Sources: Modern Dog Magazine, The Nest: Dogs & Liver, Fearless Eating: CLO.

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  • Reply Cheri April 19, 2014 at 10:14 pm


    • Reply Katie April 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      So glad to help! :)

  • Reply Doreen July 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hi ….this is a wonderful idea….I don’t have a dehydrator yet and was wondering if you would be able to tell me how to do it in an oven? Thanks for the info.

    • Reply Katie August 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Hello Doreen,

      Yes! You can use your oven – though you do need to turn your over down as low as it can go (i.e., 185 degrees) and just keep your eye on the items you are dehydrating. It generally takes about the same time to dehydrate.

      Hope this helps!

  • Reply Doreen September 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I put my liver pieces in the oven this morning and my puppies are just laying by the stove super excited waiting semi patiently lol….they are gonna love them…thanks again for the tips :-)

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  • Reply Bonnie Ball January 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I made a batch yesterday to just to see. Turned out super! This treat is so flippin easy to make and I know what my dog is eating. Thank you for sharing. I have a second batch in the dehydrator.

    • Reply Katie January 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

      So glad you made them! :-)

  • Reply Marie May 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Just wondering how long these will keep ???

    • Reply Katie May 14, 2015 at 7:36 am

      These will keep for quite a while since they are dehydrated, but I myself wouldn’t keep them longer than a month in the cupboard. But in the fridge, you could probably store them for two months. :) Hope your pup enjoys!

  • Reply Leah W December 6, 2015 at 4:45 am

    So glad i came across this. We have a 14 week old Labrador named Rory. He just loves his liver treat the vet gave us, but i really didnt want to buy him the supermarket stuff as it packed with crap. So all the way from south Australia, thankyou for this simple recipe! Pur puppy loves it and he is training well, he knows he will get a treat when he is a good boy.

  • Reply Jennifer Pickles May 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I made these, threw them in a ziploc in the fridge. Just 2 days later they have a greenish tinge and I’m afraid they may have spoiled.

    • Reply Katie June 13, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Oh no, I didn’t have the problem at all. :( Did they dehydrate all the way?

  • Reply Levi July 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Great advice
    Do something similar with every big game hunt. Heart, lungs, liver dehydrate for epic treats. Also saw/freeze marrow bones, and jerky the scrap from butchering .. respect the animal with no waste, never buy treats .. and keep dingo looking to please.
    Easer working if slightly frozen. Save time with quality meat slicer if doing large volume – plus equally sliced pieces dehydrate consistently. After cool, put small quantities in quart ziplocs and freeze. A few pieces at a time go in dingo kit, rest stay frozen. They last forever.
    warning: Elk/deer organs stink while dehydrating, *especially lungs (bad breath) – use the dehydrator Katie pictures, weight the top (crow/magpie/prey), operate outside on a ‘secure’ porch (bears/predators). I also put screen over exhaust port so bees/yellowjackets/etc can’t investigate.
    Keep up the great site!

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