How to Dehydrate Chicken Feet

Have you ever tried making dried chicken feet for your dog as a treat? If not, then, try it soon.

Dogs love to eat dried chicken feet, and you can see them enjoying when they have it. It is true that you can buy dried chicken treats from the market.

However, the store bought chicken treats are not only costly to purchase but also have harmful chemicals and preservatives in them that can harm your pet. Serving homemade dried chicken to your pet is not only the best option but, you can also prepare it easily at your home in the food dehydrator.

chicken feet
chicken feet

The things required for making dried chicken feet are not only easily available, but you can prepare it at very less cost at home. It is low in fat and high in calcium. Moreover, you can store it for a very long time without the problem of spoilage. The dried chicken feet are crunchy to eat that your dog will surely love to bite with its jaws. Are you familiar with the method of dehydrating chicken feet?

In the below article, we are going to describe you the way that “how to dehydrate chicken feet” in a food dehydrator. Furthermore we,  will also share some useful tips with you that will help you in dehydrating the chicken feet in a much better way.

List of ingredients required for dehydrating chicken feet in a food dehydrator

The following are the few things that you need for drying chicken feet in a food dehydrator:

  • 1 Pounds of chicken feet
  • Food dehydrator
  • Water
  • Ziploc bag
  • Nail clipper

Step By Step instructions for making dehydrated chicken feet in a food dehydrator

Below are the steps that you need to follow for making dehydrated chicken feet in a food dehydrator:

Step 1: Rinse the chicken feet

You have to buy the chicken feet from the market and rinse it at your home. The nails in the feet are quite sharp that can harm your pet while eating them, so you should cut them with the nail clippers before beginning the drying process.

Step 2: Turn ON your machine

Now turn ON your food dehydrator and set its temperature at 160 degrees F. The temperature of the machine can vary according to the model of the dehydrator that you have bought and also based on the place’s temperature where you live.

Step 3: Place the chicken feet in the dehydrator

Place all the chicken feet on the trays of the food dehydrator. But keep in mind that they do not overlap each other while placing on the trays. The heat inside the machine must move over the entire meat quickly so that its every side gets dried easily.

Step 4: Complete the drying process

It will take around a period of 24 hours for drying chicken feet in the food dehydrator. But the time might vary based on the area you live, the model of the dehydrator and the size of the chicken feet.

Step 5: Check the drying status

After the completion of the drying time, take out the chicken feet from the dehydrator and cool them down. The wholly dried chicken feet will have no flexibility or juiciness in the padded parts and the skin. They will become hard and dry.

Step 6: Store in the airtight jar

You should store the dehydrated chicken feet in the Ziploc bag or the airtight container so that they remain chewy and natural for a long time. If you want to increase their shelf life more then, keep them in the refrigerator after drying. We are sure that your pet will like its tasty flavor.

Benefits of the Dehydrated Chicken Feet

Below are the benefits of the dehydrated chicken feet:

  • It is safe and edible for digestion and chewing
  • It benefits in keeping the teeth healthy and clean due to the chewing
  • There is no use of additives, corn, wheat, soy preservatives or added colors in the dried chicken feet
  • It comprises of single-ingredient, i.e., chicken feet
  • It possesses naturally occurring glucosamine, collagen, natural minerals and chondroitin that help in the health of the joints and its mobility

Final word

So, if anybody asks you that “how to dehydrate chicken feet,” we hope that now you have an answer to them!

Making dehydrated chicken feet in the food dehydrator is quite an easy way in comparison to the other methods of drying. The homemade dried chicken feet are not only healthy to consume, but you can make them in the bunch for your pet. There are so many beneficial nutrients that this delicious treat offers to the pet’s body.

In the above article, we have shared with you an easy way to dehydrate chicken feet in the dehydrator. You need very easy and simple ingredients for making it at very less cost at home. But, you can modify or amend the method as per your preference. Your dog will assuredly love it once you serve them.

Do you make the dehydrated chicken feet in some other way in your dehydrator? Is it different from our method? If yes then, please share it with us in the below comment box.

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Hi there, I’m Linda, chief editor at Dehydrator Blog. We believe in Health is wealth. After struggling to buy healthy organic food for my family, I decided that’s not the right way to do. Still today many of them not aware of food dehydrators and uses of dehydrated food. That’s why my team and I want to solve this problem. That’s how Dehydrator Blog was born.. Our mission is simple. Trying to spread awareness of dehydrator to all. Join our hands if you believe in our mission.

Morteza - July 11, 2021

Hi dear Linda,
Thank you for your great article. I’m going to produce dry complimentary feed. I’ve done what you mentioned above but they become somehow opaque. Do you have any tricks to make them shine with an attractive appreance?
I mean during the drying process or before that.

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