10 tips for keeping dry kibble fresh
Did you know that dog and cat food can become stale, and even spoil, if it’s not cared for properly? Here are some tips on how to keep your dry kibble fresher, longer.
Storing dry food
Once oxygen and light reach the kibble, the chemical process of oxidation starts. This series of chemical reactions will diminish the vitamin/mineral content and eventually turn oils and fats rancid.
- Close the food bag securely after each use.
- If you want to store the food in a plastic container, keep the food inside the bag and then place the bag in a sealed, opaque container.
- Store the food in a cool, dry place.
- Do not store the food in the sunlight or heat as it can speed up the decaying process and kill vitamins and nutrients in the food.
Quantity does not keep its quality
- Buy only the amount your cat or dog will eat in 1 month.
- Smaller bags also mean you can switch up the protein source to give variety in your dog or cat’s diet.
- Check the “sell before” date. This date applies to an unopened bag.
It’s all in the bag
Have you ever wondered why some pet food bags are solid and hard like bricks? That’s because the manufacturer packaged and sealed the package while it was still slightly warm. The bag contracts as the kibble absorbs the air, vacuum sealing it for freshness.
- The best quality kibble tends to also have the best quality bag. They are designed to keep your food as fresh as it can be.
- Bags should be made with opaque materials, without any windows that will allow the kibble to oxidize in the light.
- If you can’t resist a good deal and have a big freezer, put what you won’t use in a month in heavy duty plastic zipper freezer bags and store them in the freezer to take out and thaw for later use.