Hi it’s MASH Geek, Here’s one of my pets favorites. I have two Maine Coon cats and two Pomeranians. We have been a holistic family for around twenty years. I have made all my own pet chow and treats since I learned from a holistic vet back in the ’90’s.
Recently on TV they have been advertising jerky treats for pets. I make them myself and it costs less, and I can select the organic meats and flavors myself. It is a good idea to make them when you aren’t in a hurry. I take a couple of chicken breasts which I have either bought separately or removed from a less expensive whole bird to use for jerky.
I heat up enough spring water to cover the chicken until it boils. Then I add the chicken breasts and leave the heat on high until it comes to a boil. At that point I turn the burner off and cover the pan. If I go off and do other things it is fine to leave it there until it cools down.
Once the chicken breasts are completely cooled, I pat them down with a clean dry paper towel. Then I slice them in about quarter inch thin pieces. I pat dry those too. I put the sliced chicken pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. No oil or spray is needed. My toaster oven has a convection oven setting, and I out them in at 400 degrees for thirty minutes.
Your toaster oven or conventional oven may be different so be sure to check them after twenty minutes to see how they are doing. The color you are looking for is a rich orange brown. It should be crispy like jerky but not blackened or burned.
The dogs will perform any trick to get these and even the cats like them too.