Our pets’ foodOur pets’ food is one of the most important basic needs of their day-to-day and an essential and priority element for them to enjoy good health. Therefore, how we store these foods – mainly feed and wet food – will greatly contribute to better and greater conservation and durability.
It should not be forgotten that food for dogs and cats, and humans are composed of organic matter and, by extension, is exposed to alterations both when closed and once opened. It is essential to be aware of factors such as temperature, humidity (which causes the hateful mold), air (which carries bacteria), and light. As well as considering some recommendations that will make it easier for the food of our life partners to be kept in optimal conditions:
Buy what you need only.
Large packages of feed can be a temptation due to the economic savings they bring. The more kilos of feed, the cheaper the kilo/dollar ratio will be. However, it is vital to consider both the product’s expiration dates.
Let’s not buy a package of ten kilos that expires next month if we calculate that our pet will eat five kilos in that period. Also, let’s think that the product’s quality decreases in nutrients, smell, and taste once opened. Therefore, the rule to follow would be to buy and store feed for two weeks or, at most, a month.
Never forget to check the expiration date.
Just as we do with our food when we go to the supermarket, we must always check the expiration date of dry and wet food for our dogs and cats.
Be careful with transportation.
When the feed is packaged in cardboard or paper bags, the utmost care should be taken during transport to prevent them from tearing or breaking during transport home. But if you are transporting the food with stackable pet food containers, you can be sure you’re safe from such.
What container do we use?
Ideally, use the product’s packaging. As a general rule, they have been designed to preserve the freshness of food and usually come with practical zip systems that facilitate their opening and closing. If not, we can use the rolling technique and tweezers just as we do in our pantry with packages of dough or flour.
You can also transfer the feed to special airtight containers large for pet food or Tupper type made of plastic, metal, or glass (it would be advisable to put the original package inside). Once opened, the feed bag should reach six weeks in optimal storage conditions.
Where do we put it?
In this matter, common sense must be followed. Let’s look for dark, cool, clean, and dry places with no excessive humidity to avoid mold or sticky feed, high temperatures so that it does not dry out or decompose, and away from direct sunlight. Let’s never leave the bag outdoors and if we live in houses with a garden or in the country, place the bags or sacks of food in a high place to prevent insects or rodents from approaching.
And what do we do with wet food?
When these foods are closed -usually packaged in cans or bags- they have a long shelf life. While they are not opened, we must respect the previous storage rules: cool place, away from sunlight, dry and clean.
Once opened, it should be kept well covered in the refrigerator (for example, with plastic wrap) or transferred to a container with a lid to prevent it from drying out or taking on a bad smell, and always for a maximum of two or three days.
Apart from the overall prevention, storing or putting the feeds in stackable pet food containers can help you save them for a long time. The only challenge can be getting good airtight containers large enough to help keep your pets fed very well. Worry less as you can find this at our store in Groomy Store. These pet containers are available in sizes of 50, 40, and 30 lb dog food containers, so you’re free to select which is best for your pet.