Have you ever wondered about the safest way of storing your pooch’s dry food (kibble, air-dried, base mixes for raw feeding)?
I remember our different stages of storing dry dog food. During the first few weeks of being first time dog owners, we would use food storage bag clips to keep our bag of kibble closed.
We quickly figured that this method wasn’t as effective since it couldn’t keep the bag hermetically sealed, and hence invested in a large storage container for dry dog food at a local pet retailer.
From then on we poured the entire content of the bags of food into said container, “parked” it in our laundry room, threw out the packaging, and felt really good about our new food storage system.
It wasn’t until about a year later that I came across an article about proper and safe dog food storage in a dog magazine. You may guess that I was in for a little wake-up call! What I read made perfect sense, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought of this myself!
Manufactured packaging made to retain freshness & nutrients
What I hadn’t taken into consideration was the fact that the bags containing kibble (and air-dried/base mixes for raw feeding) are specifically made to retain its freshness and nutrients.
Once dry food is exposed to air, heat, and light, it looses its freshness because the elements break down the vitamins and nutrients.
It is therefore safest to store the bag of dry food inside an airtight container. We are still using the storage container we initially bought for this purpose (after having given it a thorough cleaning with hot water & soap).
Make sure the bag is closed tightly ~ our air-dried raw food brand ZiwiPeak has a zip lock closure system which I totally love!
A kibble brand we used to feed, Annamaet, also had a (sliding) zip lock closure system ~ it makes food storage so much easier & effective than keeping the bag closed with bag clips.
It’s equally important to store the dry food in a place which isn’t subject to changing temperatures, as this can actually cause moisture to creep into the kibble/air-dried food/base-mix for raw food and cause mold.
The garage would therefore not be a good storage area, especially during the summer months with peak temperatures in the afternoon, and cooler ones at night (it would be a different story if your garage was insulated). We keep our air-dried raw food at the bottom of our air-conditioned pantry.
Another benefit of keeping your actual bag of dog food is being able to check it for the lot number in case of a dog food recall. Should your bag of food be affected by the recall, you can usually take it back for a complete refund.
Side Note: Unfortunately, recalls happen on a fairly regular basis ~ there have been 8 recalls of dog food (click to see list) throughout the month of July 2015!
How do you store your dry dog food? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!