With all the current safety recalls of dog trees, why not make homemade treats for your pet? For those that are concerned about ingredients in the trees that they feed their dogs for health, this recipe is a winner! There are only two ingredients, beef tendon and olive oil. Beef tendon is a popular addition to Asian meals and can be easily obtained at your local Asian foods market.
Ingredients & Supplies
You will need; beef tendon, olive oil, a kitchen brush, a good sharp knife, a cutting board, some tin foil and a drying rack / drippings pan combo for the oven. Before you start anything, turn the oven on to it's lowest possible setting (usually 200F)
STEP 1 – Preparing The Beef Tendon
Tendons naturally occur in pairs. Find the part of the tendon where you can easily pry them apart. Taking your knife, gently fillet the tendons apart.
STEP 2 – Oiling The Tendons
Taking your kitchen brush, light coat all the tendons in olive oil. The oil will prevent the tendons from getting overly dry. Place the oiled tendons on the drying rack. Make sure that the drippings pan is coated with tin foil, this will make clean-up easier.
STEP 3 – Baking Time
Place the pan in the middle rack of the oven and let the tendons dry for about 2 hours. The tendons will shrink by about 50% with the drying process.
STEP 4 – The Final Touches
Allow the tendons to cool down for a few minutes and then trim off any excess fat. Cut the tendons into appropriate bite sized pieces for your dog and you're done! Store these trips in the fridge to prevent spoilage. Shelf life is about two weeks.