Did you know that dog and cat food can become expired and even spoil if not properly stored? Here are a few tips to keep your dry kibble fresh for longer.
Storing dry dog food
Once oxygen and light reach the kibble, the chemical oxidation process begins. This series of chemical reactions reduces the vitamin and mineral content and eventually causes the oils and fats to become rancid.
Good preservation is necessary to prevent this. Here are a few tips:
- Close the food bag tightly after each use.
- Put them in a kibble container if you want optimal preservation.
- Store the food in a cool, dry place.
- Do not store food in sunlight or heat, as this can speed up the decomposition process and kill the vitamins and nutrients in the food.
Quantity does not keep quality
- Buy only the amount your cat or dog eats in 1 month. For Jodie and Mookie, even though I’m currently switching to Pro Plan kibbles that come in 14 kg bags, I always take 3 kg bags.
- Check the sell-by date. This date applies to an unopened bag.
A good bag of kibble does half the work!
Have you ever wondered why some pet food bags are solid and hard as bricks? It’s because the manufacturer wrapped and sealed the package while it was still slightly warm. The bag contracts as the kibble absorbs air, sealing it under vacuum to ensure freshness.
- Better quality kibbles also tend to have a better quality bag. They are designed to keep your food as fresh as possible.
- The bags you choose should be made of opaque materials with no windows that would allow the kibble to oxidize in the light.
- Open the bag as recommended by the manufacturer. It’s my big flaw: I tend to destroy the bag as soon as I open it… So my wife is the “kibble opener” in the family and uses the closures provided by the manufacturer.
If you find a great promotion for your kibble brand and you have a freezer, take advantage of it. Put the kibbles that won’t be eaten within the next month in the freezer. Use an airtight bag that seals completely.