Q&As for Freeze-Dried Raw Food
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✔ Is freeze dried pet food considered raw?
Freeze-drying is a technique that preserves raw ingredients such as fresh meat to deliver a finished pet food product which is safe, shelf stable and lightweight. Freeze dried pet food is technically raw and full of nutrients. For example, a raw nugget is the same as a freeze-dried nugget when rehydrated or consumed with water!
✔ Can freeze dried pet food have salmonella?
Unlike fresh raw meat, some freeze-dried raw pet foods also go through high-pressure processing (HPP), a pasteurization process used to decrease quantities of bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli. Even after HPP, freeze-dried pet food is still considered a raw food.
✔ Does freeze dried raw need refrigeration?
Freeze drying is a slow process that preserves nutrients, enzymes, and protein structures while making the food shelf stable, so it does not require refrigeration. Just place it in a room temperature.
✔ Is Freeze dried pet food has more nutrition than dry kibbles?
Yes. Freeze dried process removes moisture under pressure without cooking the ingredients. Keeping the nutritional integrity intact; Retaining most of the vitamins and mineral found in fresh, raw pet food.
✔ Freeze Dried vs. Dehydrated vs. Raw vs. Dried Food
|2||Process Method||freeze dry||low temperature heated dry/air-dry||fresh||high temperature heated dry|
|4||Nutrition Value||high||medium high||high||low|
|5||Storage Before Opening||room temperature||room temperature||refrigeration||room temperature|
|6||Storage After Opening||room temperature||room temperature||refrigeration||room temperature|
|7||Best Storage Time After Opening||20 days||30 days||3-4 days||15 days|
|8||Bacteria Risk||yes, but lower than raw food||no||yes||no|
Raw* means commercial raw pet food, not freshly purchased raw protein.
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