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Pumpers! Naturally baked pork heart - BULK-Treats by the Case

My dogs love the porky pumpers I buy them at my pet food store, but they are almost $5 and they don't last my dogs very long.

I thought about trying to make them myself (I also found them online for $1.99) but still am interested in trying to make them if I can find a supplier that sells hearts.

Anyone know how they are made? Dehydrated or baked? For how long..etc.

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I can't get the sight to work. But it say's baked, so one would think then there baked. Just cut any heart in pieces and put in a low oven. I'd turn them and then just cook till how ever hard you want. I would store them in the frig. I do liver this way and should try some heart. I would like to get a dehydrater I think it will work even better.
 

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Any idea on how long I'd have to bake them and at what temperature? I don't do much cooking,lol
 

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Put the hearts (or really whatever meat you want, even sweet potato!) in the oven on a baking sheet at the lowest temp it will go. Mine goes to 170 F so I went with that. Baking them will take several hours. They dry out pretty slowly so it isn't something you need to have your eye on.
 

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At looks like dehydrated heart... A dehydrator would work best, more energy efficient as well, but in a pinch oven as low as it will go, leave it cracked just a hair.. That way you aren't truly baking but dehydrating as well. Ay heart will do, beef heart is easy to come by, pork heart is a bit harder. 6-8 hours depending on thickness and slices would be about the amount of time you're looking at... You can see why the oven would be inefficient on your elec bill lol
 
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Yep mine will only go down to 170 also. I have been in a hurry so I have just been cooking liver on the stove so I can't remember how long it would take a few hours. Like Tobi say's it is not as efficient as a dehydrator would be but it will work in a pinch.

It will also make a difference in how thick you cut them. Have it partly frozen then you can cut them thinner.
 

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Thanks everyone. I think I may look into getting a dehydrator. Maybe a friend or family member has one I can borrow to try it out and see if it works first.
 

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Wow! Your tips and instructions would surely help. Thanks guys!
This thread is three years old, and I don't think any of these people are even here anymore...
 
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