My first post!
I also bought a food dehydrator as another way to store my home grown fruit and veg, and to give the kids healthy treats instead of sweets.
Then I thought of drying meat as training treats for my very fussy Jack Russell x. Lo and behold, I found a treat that he loves
I am a groomer, and hit on the idea of trying my clients with the treats, and have not found a dog yet who will not eat them. In fact, I gave away lots in little bags as healthy Xmas treats for my regulars.
Now I have re-homed a young Labradoodle, the dehydrator is on almost constantly!
I have dried most meats and offals, and all seem to go down well, but I have found that if I dry them just to a' leathery' texture rather than completely dry and crispy, the fussier dogs prefer them and they work great as 'high-value' training treats. The dogs really do 'roll-over' for them!
They don't keep as long as the crispy ones once exposed to the air, but still for a week or two. I bought a small vacuum sealer and pack them into small bags that are easy to carry around and store indefinitely.
Now all the dogs on our regular walks come straight to my right coat pocket!
I find lamb liver best for the smallest and/or fussiest dogs, but they all seem to love kidney, heart , chicken and fish too. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), steak was the least sought after.
Lights I haven't tried as we don't have a local butcher where I live. (probably the only thing I really miss since moving from a town).
If anyone has any other ideas for the dehydrator, I would love to know.