Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Freeze Dried Liver Treats

Treats can be expensive, especially liver based treats, which is why I started making my own. A few months ago I listed a recipe for how to make dehydrated liver treats. These treats are great, except they take a lot of prep time and the smell that permeates the house when baking the treats is vile. So I decided to start making freeze dried liver treats.

These treats are quick and easy to make, and are also a great summer treat for hot pooches.
I've found that Calf Liver seems to work better for these treats, but if you can't find calf liver that's alright just make sure the liver is fully cooked.

  • Boil the liver until fully cooked, about 45minutes if using a full piece, 20 minutes if cut into chunks.
  • Drain, cool and cut. Cut the treats into thin pieces, the thicker the cut the longer it will take for the treats to dry out. I also personally like long thing pieces that are easy to break up.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the treats out.
  • Place in your freezer. The cooler the freezer the better the results. Leave the treats for at least one week, longer may be needed for thicker pieces.
  • As they dry they will take on a white freezer burnt colour.
  • To check that they are ready pull a couple out and let them thaw, if they are squishy they are not fully dried.

Leave them in the freezer until ready to use them. Use as a cool tasty treat or as training treats.


  1. Yummy yummy yummy.......

    Liver treats are just the best!!

    Love and licks, Winnie the Greyhound

  2. We have made liver treats this way before and it saves a lot and the dogs love them! You can dehydrate other meats similarly

    urban hounds

  3. Liver treats ARE expensive. It's why we end up often just using hotdogs or string cheese. They are cheap and easy. I've thought about making my own liver treats as liver is also a really cheap purchase at the grocery store but figured it would be a complex process. Maybe I'll give it a shot with this recipe!

  4. That sounds good (well, for the dogs). I usually bake the liver in the oven on low temp for a couple hours and then break it up and freeze it.