How to Dehydrate Pork Skins in a Microwave for Dogs

by Jessica Jewell
Cook at 50 percent power when drying pork skin in a microwave.

Cook at 50 percent power when drying pork skin in a microwave.

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While roaming through the aisles of your local pet food and supply store, you’re bound to find a host of pork skin products for your dog ranging in brand, size and price. While these skins are already processed and dehydrated, it is possible to start from scratch with raw pork skin and turn them into dog treats at home by using a microwave.

Step 1

Place fresh, raw pork skins on the microwave-safe rack. Make sure that they are not touching each other or overlapping to insure uniform processing.

Step 2

Set the microwave for 10 minutes at 50 percent power and start the microwave.

Step 3

Remove the pork skins from the microwave after 10 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer the pork skins from the rack to a paper towel with cooking tongs.

Step 5

Wait at least 15 minutes for the pork skins to cool completely before packaging them for storage.

Items You Will Need

  • Microwave
  • Fresh, raw pork skins
  • Microwave-safe rack
  • Paper towel
  • Cooking tongs

Tip

  • For crisper pork skins, transfer the skins to an over and cook them at 200 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Warnings

  • If you notice condensation on the bag or container in which you are storing the skin, this is an indication that the skins were not completely dehydrated and should be discarded.
  • You can only use fresh, raw pork skins for this process. Do not try to microwave store-bought or previously-dehydrated pork skins.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Jessica Jewell is a writer, photographer and communications consultant who began writing professionally in 2005. Her chapbook, "Slap Leather," is forthcoming from dancing girl press. Her recent work has appeared in "Nimrod," "Harpur Palate," "Copper Nickel," "Rhino," "wicked alice," "Poetry Midwest" and "Barn Owl Review." Jewell was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Kent State University.

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