Pet food storage: How to correctly store dry and wet pet foodMona
Pets are a human’s best friend, and as pet parents, we want to make sure that they eat well – having the correct pet food storage goes hand in hand with that. Food that is kept well (for pets AND humans) will last longer, taste fresher and be free from bacteria, mould, and other contaminants.
In this blog article, we discuss step by step how to best store your pet food, and to top it off; we provide you with a delicious dog treat recipe to truly spoil your best mate.
How do I store dry pet food correctly?
Cats and dogs like their food fresh and tasty. When it comes to the proper way to store dry pet food, the same principles apply as to ‘human’ dry food – it’s best to be kept in a cool, dry place to avoid pests and mould.
To avoid pet food from going bad, always store it in an airtight container. An airtight seal keeps it tasting fresh and prevents pests and insects getting into your pet’s food. We suggest using a BPA free container, such as our Pantry Range to avoid plastic particles contaminating the food.
Our Pantry Range comes in various sizes and shapes to suit every style and needs. The range features a one-handed opening solution and is stackable as well as 100% airtight.
How do I store wet pet food correctly?
Your dog or cat should eat wet pet food straight away to prevent bacteria from growing. The food shouldn’t sit in the feeding bowl for more than four hours – even less on hot days.
Any leftover wet food should be transferred into an airtight container. It can then be stored in the fridge for up to seven days. If you’re looking for the perfect container, we recommend using one of our Daily containers. The Daily Range features a smart lock clips closure that makes the containers airtight and leakproof. Plus, they come in a range of colours which comes in helpful to make sure you don’t accidentally grab leftover pet food instead of your lunch.
Five pet food storage tips
- If you are decanting your pet food into an airtight container, don’t mix different bags, as you won’t know how long some of the food has been in there. It is better to use up all of the food in the container before you refill it.
- It’s crucial to keep the original packaging of the pet food as you might need it for reference if your cat or dog feels sick. You can cut out the label or ingredients and tape it to the outside of your container.
- Always check the expiration dates of the dry pet food to ensure your pet stays healthy. If you want to extend the shelf life, you can put leftover food in the freezer for up to six months.
- Don’t store your pet food in the garage as it’s often too moist there. It’s best to keep it where you do your own food to avoid any spoilage.
- To minimise the risk of developing bacteria, mould or other contaminants, always clean the dish with soapy water after your pet has eaten.
Now we talked about all things pet food storage, it’s time to spoil your dog with a special treat.
Homemade peanut butter & pumpkin dog treats
As our furry mates only deserve the best, we have this yummy dog treat recipe by All Recipes for you. Baking homemade treats is a great way to show your dog how much you care for them.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees (350 degrees F).
- Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.