Dried Liver Biscuits

This was my first time experimenting with freeze-dried beef liver, and I would say it was a great success. I found it at my local pet store labeled as “PureBites Freeze Dried Beef Liver Dog Treats.” If you’re unsure about what you’re getting, just check the label on the package. The only ingredient listed should be “liver,” with no additives or preservatives.

The freeze-drying process preserves the flavor and nutritional value of raw beef liver. It also preserves the odor. Our dogs were going crazy over the liver-y aroma wafting through the kitchen as I was preparing these treats, but I personally found the odor, to be blunt, disgusting. It was very stinky business grinding the freeze-dried liver pieces into powder (and I immediately washed out my food processor extremely well afterwards). But I’ve decided that my momentary revulsion was worth it, because all the dogs LOVED these treats. Each dog very enthusiastically gobbled up a treat as soon as they were cool, and even my pickiest taste-tester begged for seconds.

The tomato paste turns this dough a reddish color, so I decided to cut the treats out using a heart-shaped cookie cutter appropriate for the season. Wrapped up in pretty packaging, these biscuits would make great valentines for your furry friends.

Dried Liver Biscuits

Makes about 42 treats

Freeze-dried liver pieces, as needed (about 1 cup)

3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/2 cup no salt added tomato paste

1 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Using a food processor or blender, process the freeze-dried liver pieces into a fine powder. Measure out 1/2 cup of liver powder. Reserve the rest for later use.

3. Combine the 1/2 cup liver powder with the flour.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the tomato paste and water.

5. Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and knead by hand until a smooth dough forms.

6. Generously dust the countertop with flour, and roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into pieces using your desired cookie cutter.

7. Arrange the treats on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until the treats are firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.

These treats are best stored in the refrigerator.

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