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Subject: Liver treats Sat 31 May 2008 - 10:08
Liver Treats Recipe - Used for Tracking & obedience training

3 eggs
2/3 cup oil vegetable or olive oil
1 pound raw beef liver
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon garlic (fresh minced or dried) or garlic salt to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Beat eggs and oil a few seconds in blender. Using scissors, cut liver into small pieces and add to egg/oil mixture. Add a few tablespoons of water to any liver juice remaining in the container, swish, and add to blender mixture. Add fresh minced or powdered garlic or garlic salt 'to taste' and puree until thoroughly blended. Pour mixture into bowl. Add flour while stirring. Depending on your flour, humidity, elevation, etc., adjust flour as necessary. You want the consistency of brownie batter that can be poured into the pans -- not runny, but not like cookie dough either.

Spoon batter into non-stick or spray-coated cake or jelly roll pan (I divide the batter between two standard 13x9 sheet cake pans) and spread evenly. Tap pan on counter several times to bring up any air bubbles in the batter.

Bake for 10 minutes in 425 degree oven, or until the top is dry and outer edges are just beginning to brown. The thickness of your treats and the baking time will vary depending on the size of the pan(s) you use. Remove from the oven. Cool in pans 5 minutes.

Tip cakes out of the pans onto a cutting board, one atop the other. (You can score the treats while they're still in the pan, but that can be hard on your knife blade and on a non-stick baking pan.) Let cool for another five minutes or so.

For a soft treat -- Score with a sharp knife lengthwise and widthwise into 1/2" x 1/2" (dime size) pieces. When completely cool, store. Recommended method for the young pup with teething sensitivity.
For a firm treat -- Score with a sharp knife into 1/2" x 1/2" pieces. Spread the treats out in the two baking pans or on a large cookie sheet. TURN OFF THE OVEN, and return the treats to the oven to dry for an hour or so.

You can't beat the price -- about $1.50 for all these treats! Compare the cost of preparing these healthful treats with what you'll pay retail for hot dogs or commercially processed treats full of artificial ingredients and chemical additives.

Store in an airtight container, or portion out into smaller ziplock baggies, and store in your freezer to defrost and use as needed. This recipe makes several hundred treats for use in both tracking and obedience.

Unlike commercially prepared dog treats, these meat-based homemade liver treats aren't saturated with chemical preservatives, and they'll spoil unless properly stored. Handle like any other perishable food and feed only fresh, properly stored treats.

NOTES: I use an old Oster blender. You could also use a Cuisinart or other food processor/blender. I recommend that you cut up the raw liver into small pieces with scissors before feeding it into your blender. I've experimented with different flours (try ground rye flour for a heavier bait) and have substituted chicken liver, calf liver, sardines and water-packed tuna for the liver. The batter will have variable consistency with each combination, so baking times may vary somewhat. For example:

Use chicken liver with white flour, and add powdered spirulina* to make a green bait. This works well as a camouflaged bait for tracking in green grass -- the crows and seagulls can't see it.
Use beef liver with dark wheat flour for use on plowed dirt tracks...
Use chicken liver with white flour for use on sand/"moon dust" tracks...
Use chicken liver with white flour and add a pinch of charcoal powder* for use on asphalt tracks...
Use your imagination ...
*Found in the 'Health Foods' section of your grocery store

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Liver Treats by Pat R from Australia:

1 Kilo of chicken livers
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Golden Syrup
2 cups of corn flour

Blend into a chocolate type mix (livers first then add the rest slowly) and pour into a greased flat cooking tray to a depth of about 1 cm. Cook in oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees or until edges start to lift off the tray. The cooked mixture should be the consistency of a meat loaf.

Allow to cool, cut into 1 cm squares and store in the freezer. Feed from a plastic bag.

(Golden Syrup is like treakle or molasses or honey, the dogs love it and it turns out quite firm to cut into little cubes. I put it in the freezer and take a handful out before I go training.)
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