Frozen meals are the norm in many households today -- why not frozen dog food, too?
Your local grocery store is running an out-of-this-world deal on premium canned dog food. Yet you know your pantry is already stocked with every other imaginable food item -- there's no room for 50 new cans of Fido's favorite canned meals. But your freezer, meanwhile, is bare-bones empty. You can freeze and store those meals safely and effectively in a few quick steps.
Selecting Your Cans
Step #1 - Check the date on the can at the store to make sure it has not expired.
Step #2 - Look for any dents or bulges in the cans, and buy and use only those that are still considered fresh and are dent- and bulge-free.
Step #3 - Throw away any cans that you may have at home that are expired or have dents in them, so your dog is not at risk of getting sick from contaminated food.
Transferring and Freezing the Food
Step #1 - Line up your dog food cans and plastic containers on your counter or prep area.
Step #2 - Open all the cans that you plan to freeze with your can opener.
Step #3 - Make sure that the food still smells fresh before transferring the cans' contents to the plastic containers. If it smells funny or "off," dispose of the can and move on to the next one.
Step #4 - Pour each can into its own plastic container, and seal the containers. Containers specifically made for freezing work best.
Step #6 - Put the containers in the freezer. The food should last between two and five years, according to the shelf life of the cans.
Warning: It's really important to make sure your containers are freezer-ready, because the airtight seal preserves the food from oxygen. If the container is not freezer-approved, you put Fido at risk of getting sick.
By Stephanie Skernivitz
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About the Author
Stephanie Skernivitz is in her element editing pages for print or web-based publications. She is equally adept at writing news-oriented articles and features for a variety of publications, ranging from the automotive industry to veterinary medicine to cosmetic surgery. Stephanie has spent the past 13 years in the trade publishing field. She holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from Ohio University.