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I found a website with instructions, but it doesn't say how to care for the treats after. Should I refrigerate them?
Here are the instructions I found:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Liver-Jerky-Dog-Treats/

Also, my dogs used to like liver bread but I stopped feeding it because of the corn and flour ingredients. Does anyone know of any alternatives to cornmeal and flour that are a bit healthier for dogs? I know grains in general should be avoided, but which ones are the worse ones? I know I can do like a rice flour or one of those gluten free flours but what can I use to replace the cornmeal?
 

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I don't believe that dehydrated stuff needs to be refridgerated. I've never dehydrated before, but when my grandfather used to make jerky it was never stored in the fridge. Since the water is removed, it should be able to be left out, since there's no moisture to make it go bad.

I'm not sure about the cornmeal, though. Maybe you could make a batch without it and see how it does? it might turn into more of a brownie consistency instead of bread. :p
 

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I don't believe that dehydrated stuff needs to be refridgerated. I've never dehydrated before, but when my grandfather used to make jerky it was never stored in the fridge. Since the water is removed, it should be able to be left out, since there's no moisture to make it go bad.

I'm not sure about the cornmeal, though. Maybe you could make a batch without it and see how it does? it might turn into more of a brownie consistency instead of bread. :p
I don't think my animals will mind that one bit! Lol. I am going to cruise the aisles at whole foods tomorrow and see what flours and stuff I see.
 

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Those directions for the liver look good. The way I've done it is similar. I chunked the liver and boiled it for about 10 mins, then cut it into treat-sized pieces. Then I put it in the toaster over on the lowest heat for about 30 mins. They weren't completely dry, still a little chewy, so I did keep them in the fridge, in an unsealed baggie. The dogs LOVED them.
 

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As for flour I was given advice on homemade dog treats. Using bleached white flour is not good. You can substitute white flour with potato flour or rice flour. That would be much better than the white. :)

In my area I can find specialty flours of all kinds made by " Red Mill " ... just a brand ...

EDIT: Another maker of specialty flour - www.old-mill.com/ ..... not sure about corn meal?

I did find this of interest concerning the corn meal and dogs ...www.best-dog-treat-recipes.com/ ... and searched " cornmeal treats "
 

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I was surprised to find that you can just mix cooked pureed vegetables with cooked or raw pureed liver in equal amounts plus a raw egg for binder and bake into a treat that works fine as a training treat to tear small bits from. I forget exactly what I used, probably carrots, broccoli and celery as I always have those on hand. Might have been an apple in there too as I did this during the summer when the apples were ripe. I baked just until set, not dried. Cooked liver baked faster than raw liver.

I always store homemade treats in the freezer in case there is some moisture left in the treats. Why risk it?
 
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