According to PitBulls.org, 10 per cent of a pit bull's diet should be composed of organ meat including liver, kidney and heart. All of these organs can be purchased from a butcher and can be prepared in a variety of ways to suit your needs and cooking abilities, as well as to provide variety for your pit bull. Feeding beef liver to your pit bull is best done in moderation, because too much can lead to health problems.
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Things you need
- Common Ingredients:
- 0.454kg. beef liver
- 1 cup corn meal
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- Additional Ingredients
- For liver bread:
- 1 cup flour, all-purpose or self-rising
- 1 tbsp oil
- For liver brownies:
- 1 1/2 cups flour, all-purpose or self-rising
- 1 tsp fennel or anise seed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- For sautéed liver:
- 1 tsp corn oil
- 0.113kg. beef liver
- 1/2 cup water
- Food processor
- Baking tray
- Aluminium foil
- Mixing bowl
Prepare liver bread by puréeing it in a blender or food processor. Mix in flour, corn meal, garlic powder and oil and spread on a foil-lined baking tray. Bake at 177 degrees Cor 25 minutes. Cool and break into pieces to feed to your pit bull.
Prepare liver brownies by grinding liver in blender or food processor. Mix ground liver with flour and corn meal, adding salt, fennel or anise seeds and garlic powder gradually. Spread the mixture onto a baking tray and bake at 177 degrees Cor 20 minutes. Let the brownies cool before serving them to your pit bull.
Heat corn oil in a pan to begin making the sautéed liver. Add the beef liver and sauté on both sides, taking care not to overcook the meat and dry it out. Add the water to the pan and mix it with the liver. Allow to cool and cut into pieces before giving to your pit bull.
Boil liver in a saucepan of water to make liver treats--keep boiling until there is no blood coming out and the liver is thoroughly cooked. Remove the liver from the water and spread onto a baking tray, then bake at 121 degrees Cor 2 to 3 hours. Cook it longer if you want a tougher liver treat, the consistency of beef jerky. Add the boiled water to your dog's kibble for a special treat.
Tips and warnings
- Dogs can develop hypervitaminosis A, an overdose of vitamin A, if they consume too much beef liver. Other maladies that result from an abundance of beef liver include deformed bones, unusual bone growth and weight loss.
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