Introduction: How to Make Homemade Pig Ear Dog Treats

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I like to make my dog's food. It's healthier for them and you know exactly what the ingredients are. this 'ible will show you how to make homemade pig ear chews for your dog.

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Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

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You will need raw pig ears, which you can easily find at any Asian food market, extra virgin olive oil, kitchen scissors, a brush, tin foil and an oven pan with a wire rack.

Step 2: Preparing the Pig Ears

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Firstly, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 300F.

Wash the pig ears with water to make sure that they are nice and clean. If the ears are dirty, use a scrubber to get off the dirt.

Pig ears usually come complete with the cartilage and bones that attach the ear to the head. Take your scissors, or a sturdy knife, and cut this part off.

Step 3: Cutting the Ears Into Strips

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Starting from the longest part of the ear, cut into strips that are appropriate to the size for your dog. You will usually get three strips from one ear for a medium sized dog.

Step 4: Coating the Strips With Olive Oil

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Use your brush to liberally coat the strips with olive oil. Some people add a little soup boullion for flavor, but I think that the simpler the better.

Step 5: Baking Time

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Lay all the pig ear strips on the wire rack. The pan should be lined with tin foil to catch any drippings and makes clean up a breeze.

Place the pan in the oven and bake the ears for about 4 hours. The ears will shrink considerably and turn a nice golden brown. They will also puff up quite a bit, which you can see in the second picture.

Let the strips cool for a bit before serving them to your dog. I like to put them on a plate covered in paper towels since the ears will be a little greasy after they come out of the oven. Any unused portions should be stored in the fridge until you are ready to use them.


JudieG1 made it! (author)2017-04-20

I found raw pigs ears at the grocery for $1.19 - I couldn't resist, even though I had no idea how to make them. My dogs are big so I cut them in half. Brushed them with olive oil & sprinkled them with tumeric. I cooked them at 200° for about 2.5 hrs. What a money-saver, and no preservatives!

SharonH31 (author)2015-09-30

do you really need to cook for 4 hours?

MarthaB1 made it! (author)2015-02-28

I made these pig ears with raw pig ears from the store. I cooked them whole in the oven at 180F for two hours. I then cut them apart into about three pieces each ear and put them back in the oven at 350F for 15 minutes.. ..My dog loves them. I feel better giving him these, because I know there are no added ingrdients.

kathleen.cox.52 (author)2014-10-21

can these stay good for any length of time without being refrigerated?

msminnamouse (author)2013-08-30

Temperature? Thnx.

jtong (author)2011-02-22


imgentini (author)2009-11-28

Good idea!!!!
I am really motivated to do it to my dog. It loves it.

NachoMahma (author)2009-11-28

.  Good job. I buy 'em whole by the dozen for my dogs and always wondered what was involved in preparing them.
.  PS: Nice web site.

i think that the commercial pig ears are made a little diferently b/c they don't get all puffy like mine do.
thanks for the compliment on my website. i work at it very hard!

Weissensteinburg (author)2009-11-27

We buy these for my dog...maybe i'll try making them.

mikeasaurus (author)2009-11-26

Home made treats, what a great idea! I like that your dog had a diet that includes something you made.

I'm thinking that this would smell something similar to a sunday morning fry-up, with only bacon, and four hours long.
Seriously though, is there an overpowering odour du cochon?

because the ears are being baked, it smells like you're making a pig roast, only milder. the heat in the oven is pretty low, so there's no oil splatter. i didn't have a problem with any lingering odors.

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