Paw Paw’s and Tripe Chips

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One of my clients highly recommended a local self service dog wash that happened to be very close to where I live called Paw Paw’s. I wash my dogs at home but it is always nice to know of a close place to wash off my hiking pack when they get super muddy and I just can’t justify leaving them in their homes in that condition to muddy up their nice carpets. Not to mention, my clients talked very highly of the owner Ali. I went in to introduce myself. A young business women in her twenties, Ali was warm and welcoming. Paw Paw’s is not just a dog wash but a dog health food store and boutique as well. I am so happy to have found this place. I love The Dog’s Meow but it is just so far away from my house and Paw Paw’s is nice and convienient for me. Paw Paw’s carries various high quality foods for your pet, including Stella & Chewy’s raw food. I asked Ali if she carried tripe and she told me they were going to start carrying it next week. They did however have a product I have never tried.

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Made by a local company here in Utah, Proof Pawsitive Tripe Chips. “Your dog will try to convince you that you can’t give just one.” Nakia loved these chips so much that I caught her trying to sneak more out of the pantry. At about $11-$12 for a half pound package it was well worth the tail wagging. If you live in the Salt Lake Area, I also strongly suggest stopping by Paw Paw’s. Whether to pick up an adorable Easter Woof Wear collar, also a local company, or just to give your dog a spray down Ali makes you feel like you and your dog are her number one clients.

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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