You’ve just bought your fur friend the best food you can buy, a nutritionally balanced diet that will keep them healthy, so what is the best way to keep your pet food fresher for longer? It’s all in the way you store it!
CHECK THE DATE
Always check when the “Best Before” date is, as this will give you an idea of the time you have to work with. Also remember that while these dates are set, storing pet food wrongly can cause it to spoil much sooner.
Factors such as exposure, light, high temperatures and humidity can make all the difference to keeping your pet food fresh. Any one or more of these elements will cause food to spoil faster so it is best to keep bags air tight and in a cool place.
We recommend keeping food in original bags as the bags are designed to maintain freshness when properly sealed. Either roll down the top of the bag several times or use a bag clip to press the ends closed between uses.
Using a bin can also further protect the food from exposure and stop insects from getting in. The best way to do this is not to take the food out of the bag, but to place the bag with the food inside the bin on a cool, dry shelf.
Ideally, pet food should be eaten within 4-6weeks of opening, so always keep this in mind when making a purchase. If choosing to leave food out for your pet, don’t let it stay out for more than a day and make sure that all food bowls are washed in hot, soapy water and soaked with diluted white vinegar at least once a week.
Canned pet food can last a long time if left unopened and stored in a cool, dry place. Always check the “best before” date for a time limit. However, once opened canned food should always be refrigerated. Unrefrigerated canned food cannot last more than a couple of hours and should be discarded. Opened cans will only last up to a week maximum in the fridge, but if it is meant to last longer you can always freeze the remaining food and thaw it as needed.
Once used bowls should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and hot water to prevent bacteria from growing.
We all want to buy the best food for our pets so it’s important that freshness isn’t compromised by the way we store it once we get it back home.