Did you know?
Parsley acts like an antioxidant in that it eliminates toxins and maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels. It is very beneficial for the liver, digestive system, to re-boot the immune system, reduce stress levels in the endocrine system and will benefit every area of digestion. It has diuretic qualities and is an antispasmodic, aiding in protecting the bladder from the accumulation of bladder stones. Parsley is also a carminative, helping to reduce as well as release cramp-producing gasses.
It can aid in the expelling of tapeworms and other parasites.
Olive Oil is very effective at arming the body’s immune system so it can efficiently fight off disease. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is rich in polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids, contains high levels of antioxidants, oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.
Garlic – When it comes to garlic, most dog owners are divided on their opinion.
Even though Garlic is related to Onion and contains thiosulphate (which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage and even death) it is Onions which have MUCH higher concentration levels of thiosulphate. Garlic it should be noted, contains very small, barely traceable thiosulphate levels, which are not stored in the body and do not build up. A dog would have to consume a HUGE quantity for any negative effects. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, boosts the immune system, makes dogs less desirable to fleas and is antiparasitic. Fresh, raw organic garlic is always best, but Kyolic Aged Liquid Garlic is also good. Powdered garlic lacks medicinal qualities, but does tempt taste buds.
See * Note
500 grams (1 pound) beef stew meat – chuck, round or blade steak.
1 tbsp. Parsley
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 small clove Garlic, crushed/pressed (optional)
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper.
Cut beef into 3/4 – 1 inch cubes (no smaller as the pieces shrink while cooking) and place in medium size bowl.
Add parsley and olive oil (and optional garlic) and using your hands or a heavy spoon, mix thoroughly until all the meat is well covered with the oil mixture.
Place meat cubes on to the lined baking tray.
Bake for 1 to 1½ hours (bigger pieces take longer time in the oven plus, ovens vary).
Remove from oven and stir in baking tray.
Reduce heat to 100° C (200° F) and return to oven for another hour to 1 to 1½ hours.
Remove the BEEFO’S from oven and place them on a kitchen paper lined wire cooling rack to cool.
When done, BEEFO’S should be small, dry, crunchy, drooling morsels, perfect for training treats and rewards.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 2 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.
Feed these BEEFO’S only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.
Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.
*Note: (I may post the occasional Treat/Cookie recipe listing garlic in the ingredients – it will always be an OPTIONAL INGREDIENT – and therefore your choice to include or not.
I have checked with the 3m’s Vet regarding the inclusion of Garlic in their diet).