5 Tips On How To Store Homemade Dog Food

By Harris Walker
Updated October 24, 2016
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5 Tips On How To Store Homemade Dog FoodLearning how to prepare your own dog food can be a rewarding experience. It is practically guaranteed that your dog will appreciate the food much more than the crunchy kernels many usually put in their bowl. However, if you're not going to prepare your pet's meal everyday like you would the rest of your family. That means you need to know how to store homemade dog food properly so that you are able to preserve the nutritional value that you have painstakingly prepared. The good news is that the majority of homemade dog food recipes are meant to be stored for the long term. Whether you make wet or dried dog food, it can usually be frozen with no problem.

1. The Containers to Use

Ideally, knowing how to store homemade dog food requires using the proper containers can ensure that it lasts longer and can resist harmful bacteria and toxins that may build up over time. The best containers will go from freezer to bowl without any hassle. Tupperware or plastic Ziplock bags are the best options. These not only preserve the food for longer but also they can easily be marked with specific notations that can help you remember when they were stored and what ingredients you used. They are also easy to divide into portions so that you don't have to remove large quantities of food out at one time.

2. Preparing for Storage

Before you prepare the dog food, make sure that you have enough containers on hand to store the whole batch. Separate the food into batches of 3 to 4 days of food. Follow the recipe for your dog food and then divide it into separate containers. Finally, mark each container with the date the food was prepared and expected expiration date and place them in the freezer.

3. Before Serving the Dog Food

Before you serve the dog food, remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw completely. Some people recommend that you remove one container of dog food when you serve the last portion of the previous container. If the container is placed in the refrigerator it should not be left at room temperature for too long as this will invite unwanted bacteria.

4. Keep the Food Refrigerated

Another tip on how to store homemade dog food is to always keep the food refrigerated until time to serve. Homemade dog food does not contain preservatives so it's essential to your dog's health that the food remain chilled for as long as possible. Once the containers are empty, wash them thoroughly and set aside for the next batch of dog food. However, if you use Ziplock bags, it may be better to discard them after use. They are not as durable as a Tupperware container and washing them may leave bacteria or residue inside that can build up and get in the next batch of dog food.

5. Choose the Right Ingredients

Always use caution when choosing the storage container for your homemade dog food. Many materials contain harmful chemicals and toxins that can leach into food that can be harmful to your dog. Still, learning how to make homemade dog food has far more benefits for your dog and can improve its health. By using high-quality foods, avoiding fillers, and other harmful ingredients found in commercial dog food you can assure that your dog will not only be happier but will be with you even longer.

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