Sizzlin' Tips for Fresh Food Storage
Ensuring our pets' health and happiness involves maintaining the freshness of their food, particularly in hot summer months when higher temperatures can cause food to spoil more quickly. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of pet food storage safety, the different types of containers available, tips on how to store pet food properly, and how to tell when it’s time to toss out old food or treats.
First and foremost, it's important to understand why pet food storage safety is so crucial. Harmful bacteria, mold, and other toxins can grow in improperly stored pet food, causing illness or even death in some cases. These risks increase in hot humid conditions, so it’s important to choose the right containers to store food in.
When it comes to containers, some owners prefer to store their pet's food in the original bag it came in, while others opt for containers designed specifically for pet food. To protect against pests, pet parents often go one step further and place the original bag of food inside a container. No matter your choice, make sure the container is airtight and crafted from durable, food-safe materials like BPA plastics, plastics numbered 2, 4, or 5, or toxic free glass, as they effectively protect against air and moisture exposure.
When it comes to storing pet food, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. First, make sure you store your pet's food in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Keeping the food off the floor is a good idea, as this can help prevent pests from getting into the container. If you're using a larger container, make sure to only fill it with enough food to last a few weeks, before spoilage sets in, and freeze the rest.
Lastly, it is important to know when it's time to throw out old food or treats. Signs of spoilage can include a rancid smell, mold growth, or a change in the food's color or texture. And listen to your pet, if they stop eating their food in a few weeks, it could be a sign of food degradation. If you notice any of these signs, it's best to stop feeding the food immediately, as it could be harmful for your pet to consume.
Choosing the right containers, storing food properly, and knowing when to replace old food can help your pets stay healthy and happy all year round. Visit Fetch to find the right food storage that works for you and your fur family!