Twice As Good Beef Jerky

Kirby loves some jerky.  To make it stretch further I have some times combined ground beef with calf liver so I thought I would share.  It's easy and cheaper on the budget.  Often times I like to add herbs for their flavor and benefit.  Kirby likes the flavor rosemary imparts which is a good thing since it's a great preservative.  

Remember when working with liver to rinse utensils immediately after use or you'll be scrubbing and scrubbing to get that dried stuff off. I just can't make these ingredients look pretty in a picture so you'll have to trust me when I say they're a big hit in the flavor and aroma departments.

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Twice As Good Beef Jerky

An easy, budget saving dog treat recipe for jerky.

Yields: ____
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 hours

Nutrition facts: ___ calories, ___ from fat

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup calf liver

Instructions:

  1. Puree the calf liver and then mix it in with the ground beef.
  2. This is messy so line your dehydrator with wax paper for easy cleanup.
  3. Scoop the meat into a zip lock bag and snip a corner so you can squeeze out the meat mixture. A Jerky gun is even easier but I don't have one yet. Squeeze out skinny strips and small drops for bite size chews.
  4. Dehydrate for about 3 to 4 hours. At this point it really looks like dog poo but it does look better when done.
  5. Remove the wax paper and turn over the meat to dry out the other side. Dehydrate another 3 to 4 hours until the meat is dry and crunchy.

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If you don't have a dehydrator, you can bake the meat mixture on a lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 6 to 7 hours.  Store in a cool, dark place in airtight containers, not the refrigerator which will cause moisture and mold.

Calf liver is preferred over beef liver because fewer toxins have filtered through a younger animal. Liver in large amounts can cause Vitamin A toxicity so feed sparingly.  I like to soak the liver overnight in a few tablespoons vinegar.