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Top 10 Jerky Equipment and Seasoning Packets on Amazon

Don’t forget these top favorite jerky items and seasonings when shopping this Christmas Season. These items are the top items bought by our visitors on Amazon.

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Sending Packages to Military Personnel

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It’s that time of year again when you’ll want to send packages to service members in our Armed Forces. Some of which may be overseas. We covered many of the basics about shipping last year, i.e., what is the difference between an APO, FPO, DPO; how to package; and how to correctly address the package.   You can get that information and more at this link.

This year we’ll look at a few other things to keep in mind as well as offer some links that may answer any other questions you may have – or do all the work for you  if you desire.

While packaged, non-perishable foods (jerky !!)  are great as well as personal hygiene products, there are some items you should not send as they are restricted. These restricted items are based not only on military guidelines but also on limitations placed by individual countries.   To name a few:

  • obscene articles
  • aerosol can products
  • materials depicting nude or semi-nude persons
  • alcohol
  • flammable items (fireworks/explosives)
  • pork or pork products
  • tobacco
  • live plants

To view more items (approved and banned) please visit this link.

And, if you still need more information, you can phone the Military Postal Service Agency at 1-800-810-6098 or check with your local Post Office.

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Helpful Links

Not sure how to package your items. The PDF - ‘Adopt a Platoon’ – gives great information on packaging. Visit their information at this link 

Still needinig more information? Try visiting this site: Any Soldier .   They offer assistance on:

  • what to send
  • who to send it to
  • how to send it

 

There are some sites that offer a service (paid) to ship pre-packaged boxes of assorted items overseas. The link at Troop Care    is for your convenience, however, we are cannot recommend as we have not used their services. You should perform your own due diligence before making any purchase.

 

 

Non-Jerky Pet Treats

Bear_Oct2013Taking a slight detour from jerky this post to look at jerky treats for dogs from China . . . again. This is because I recently read another article about how more pets (over 500) have died and many more have been made ill due to imported treats.

Rather than give your pet a jerky treat, we found an article that gave out several recipes for making various non-jerky treats for your canine friend. [1] All recipes using natural ingredients – no preservatives. The only thing we would change would be to replace the Canola oil with either Corn or Vegetable oil in the recipes that call for oil.

The recipes were:

  • Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 1
  • Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 2
  • Dog Treats 1 (w/oats, Cheddar cheese)
  • Dog Treats 2 (w/graham cracker, cheese)
  • Homemade Dog Biscuits (w/wheat, juice)
  • Dog Biscuits 1 (w/oats)
  • Dog Biscuits 2 (w/pork, carrot)
  • Doggie Biscuits 2 (w/bulgar, chicken broth)
  • Best Doggy Biscuits
  • Best Friend Doggie Biscuits
  • Brie’s Turkey & Cranberry Dog Bones (w/turkey, cranberries)

To get you started we’re posting the following simple recipe.  We recommend that you check with your pet’s veterinarian before feeding them any treat.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 1 [2]

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup whole-wheat flour (if allergic to wheat, use rice or potato flour)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1-1/4 cup hot water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. In large bowl, mix together the flour and oats.
  2. Mix in peanut butter and hot water. If dough is too sticky, add flour a little at a time.
  3. Knead dough well. (Flour your hands to keep it from sticking)
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes
  5. On floured parchment paper roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness
  6. Cut with cookie cutters, small glass, or cut with sharp knife into thin rectangles
  7. Place on cookie sheet (use left-over parchment paper so treats won’t stick). No need to worry about spacing as these will not change size.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in oven to cool overnight. (The dryer the better)

Yield depends on size of treat.

Shelf life:

  • 1 week room temperature (air tight container)
  • 3 weeks in refrigerator
  • 6 months in freezer

For the other treat recipes above, visit this link.

Looking for ingredients, cookie cutters, etc to make these treats?  Try Amazon for assorted figural cutters, and ingredients that may be hard to find . . .

 

 

 

 

 

[1] http://standeyo.com/News_Files/Pets/homemade.dog.treats.html

 

[2] Recipe courtesy Kristi Honas via Stan Deyo