Beef kidneys are an inexpensive organ meat perfect for dehydrating. High protein, low fat, and no carbs make them a good choice for treats. Kirby and Kenzie love them but beware they do have an odor while dehydrating. Not as bad a liver but still not good.
You can slice the kidneys in half lengthwise and remove the fat in one piece before cutting the kidney into pieces or slice and then remove the fat from each slice. Either way it’s easiest to do this while the kidneys are still partially frozen. I take mine out of the freezer the night before and place them in the refrigerator to slowly thaw.
Removing the fat is especially important when making these treats since fat will not dry which will lead to spoilage. Also they will shrink as they dry so keep that in mind when slicing.
Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Nutrition facts: 18 calories each, 0.5 g from fat,
- 1 - 1 lb. beef kidney
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- After removing the white, fatty part, slice into small pieces. Rinse and pat dry.
- Place in a bowl and add parsley and garlic. Using your hands thoroughly coat each piece.
- Place on lined dehydrator trays leaving space around each for air to circulate. Dehydrate for three hours, then remove paper and turn over. Contnue dehydrating until completely dry.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack.
These treats will keep for several weeks in an airtight container. Don't keep in the refrigerator as that will add moisture resulting in mold.