Thanks to the ease of conducting business on the internet, these days we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to buy and who to buy it from. When it comes to buying healthy and delicious treats for your dog, for example, there are lots of products out there, so how can you be sure what you’re buying is the best quality?
While most products normally detail a list of ingredients on the packet, in many cases there’s still uncertainty around how the ingredients were sourced, what the preparation process was, and exactly what it is that you’re feeding your faithful friend. With that in mind, in this month’s blog post we thought we’d give you an insight into how our chicken jerky is sourced and prepared, to show exactly why our dog treats are the best on the market.
What is jerky?
It is lean meat, which has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, then dried to prevent spoilage. The product can be made from the meat of many animals, including cows, chicken, pigs, goats and sheep. Here at Lucky Premium Treats we specialise in home-made, natural dog treats, and as part of our range we lovingly prepare delicious jerky from beef, tuna and chicken, especially for your beloved dog.
Our jerky is made from freshly processed chicken breasts that come from chickens raised in the South East of the USA. The chicken we use is food grade, which means these same breasts are sold to restaurants and supermarkets. The chicken comes to us as two whole connected breast lobes. We take the breasts, wash them in cold water, and remove all visible fat before using a specially designed slicing machine to craft jerky slices to a uniform thickness.
Our preparation process
Once the chicken breasts are sliced they are laid out onto trays and dehydrated. The dehydration process takes between 6 and 8 hours. Initially the chicken dehydration process is started at a substantially high temperature to ensure that any bacteria present are killed. Then the temperature is reduced until the desired water level is reached, at which point bacteria cannot survive and mold cannot grow. Every batch is tested frequently during and after the dehydration process to verify that the desired water level is reached. As the jerky is removed it is visually inspected to further ensure that it has been properly processed. Once the jerky has cooled overnight it is bagged, and an oxygen absorbent packet is added to remove the oxygen from the bag; in doing so another layer of protection is added to keep the product fresh and eliminate the risk of mold.
What makes our jerky the best on the market?
Our ingredient label only shows one ingredient: chicken. Our jerky does not contain any preservatives, additives, fillers or enhancers like salt.
The other major difference between LPT jerky and the others on the market is that we make our jerky fresh every day and it is shipped to our customers within 2 to 3 days. This means that the product arrives at our customer's door within 6 to 8 days of being manufactured. This freshness makes all the difference to our consumer: your dog! With smelling senses 1000 times better than ours, a dog can quickly tell the difference between jerky that is freshly made and that which has been sitting around for months.
How other jerky is produced
Most jerky that you find in pet stores is made of compressed chicken parts, which means every part of the chicken, even the bones, are ground up and used. By doing so these manufactures drastically reduce the quality of the jerky, since most of these parts are considered waste by-products.
Most chicken jerky for pets is made overseas with a production process that can take up to 6 weeks because they must produce a large enough amount to justify the cost of shipping the product overseas. The shipment is then moved to the dock for overseas loading & shipping which can take at least another week. The transportation time to the US is 5 weeks, with a week to clear customs, before a move to a warehouse where it sits, awaiting transfer to a store, before finally completing its arduous journey and sitting on a shelf for another couple of weeks. Taking all of that into account, it’s a minimum of 14 weeks before it arrives with your pet…plenty of time for the jerky to lose its flavor and freshness. The only things allowing it to remain edible for that length of time are the numerous preservatives that you’ll see listed on the ingredients label.
The Lucky Premium Treats label only includes one ingredient: chicken.
So there you have it! The journey of our natural and healthy chicken jerky treats all the way from our suppliers to your home. We have several delicious varieties available, from straws, bites and fillets, to sprinkles and strips, so why not head over to our jerky page and check our range out now?