An assault on my nostrils.

IMAG1529As I mentioned in my last post, I bought some offal to dehydrate. For those of you who do not know what offal is, it is organs. My friend Ali always refers to it as “awful offal”. And after my attempt to dry liver, I will also probably be referring to it this way in the future. I decided to try drying the offal products not only because its fun to try new things but because trying to get Rosalie to eat liver is like trying to get a  five-year-old to eat brussel sprouts. I have try so many different things to get her to it. Mixing it with vegetables, other meats, drenching it in fish oil, making various purees, etc. However, as you read in my previous post I finally succeeded in this quest before I started drying. The answer was so simple too. Just try a different kind of liver in this case it was chicken. I had previously only tried beef.

This did not deter me from dehydrating though. Although, after the stench of the liver wafting through my house for several days makes me wish it had.

I began by rinsing all the offal. The chicken hearts, gizzards and livers I just plopped right on to the dryer racks after their rinse. The beef liver I sliced into long strips before setting on the racks. I turned on my dehydrator and left for work. I do not know what temperature it was set at because my dryer does not have the option to set different temperatures. When I returned about 7 hours later, my nostrils were assaulted as soon as I opened my front door. I do not suggest drying liver inside your home! If you can, do it outside somewhere, like in your garage, DO IT! Unfortunately I do not have this option so I am now cursed with a house that smells really, really bad. Hopefully the smell will dissipate soon. Otherwise I may have to move. 😉

IMAG1482The other problem I had when drying the liver was that it stuck to my racks and was very difficult to get off. I am still soaking and scrubbing the trays from the first batch. For the second batch of beef liver (hey, my house already reaks might as well get it all done now), I sprayed the rack with Canola Oil cooking spray. This made a world of difference. It was SO much easier to get off the racks.

IMAG1477I will probably never dry liver again. The dogs loved the smell though. You know how your house smells when you have some delicious dish cooking all day in your slow cooker? Well, this is how I imagine my house smells to them. They spent a lot of the evening with their noses in the air taking in the doggie goodness.

I didn’t have any problem with the hearts and gizzards and will most likely dry them again in the future. The dogs love them too. Rose even liked the dried beef liver! Another offal success.

IMAG1490Unfortunately, I think I left my dehydrator on for too long. After two days of drying, I woke up this morning to a partially melted drying rack. Also, don’t strain the scalding hot water from your dinner’s pasta onto the plastic trays sitting in the sink. This will also melt them.

Pre-dried Beef Liver

Pre-dried Beef Liver

Pre-dried chicken hearts and gizzards

Pre-dried chicken hearts and gizzards

Pre-dried chicken livers and beef livers

Pre-dried chicken livers and beef livers

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Dried beef livers

Dried beef livers

Dried chicken livers

Dried chicken livers

Dried chicken hearts and gizzards

Dried chicken hearts and gizzards

The finished product

The finished product

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4 thoughts on “An assault on my nostrils.

  1. Great write up .. i really enjoyed reading it all and i learned a few tips along the way (like using canola oil spray on the racks when drying beef liver)..

    i have one question? did you give your dog the liver treats everyday? or how often? i heard that too much liver in their diet can cause kidney failure just because its so rich… I am working on making some dried liver treats and are just trying to do a bit of research ..

    Cheers,

    Daniel ^_^

  2. Great write up .. i really enjoyed reading it all and i learned a few tips along the way (like using canola oil spray on the racks when drying beef liver)..

    i have one question? did you give your dog the liver treats everyday? or how often? i heard that too much liver in their diet can cause kidney failure just because its so rich… I am working on making some dried liver treats and are just trying to do a bit of research ..

    Cheers,

    Daniel ^_^

    • Hi Daniel! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I gave my dogs a few treats a week. You need to be careful with how much liver you feed because it is very high in Vitamin A which is a fat soluble vitamin. Fat soluble vitamins unlike water soluble vitamins are stored in the body. (Water soluble vitamins are flushed out and need to be replenished often) Because fat soluble vitamins are stored in the body too many will cause toxic levels. This is also why it is best to feed broccoli in small amounts as well. Liver should not exceed 5% of your dogs total diet. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Have a tail wagging day,
      Ashley

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