Preparing homemade meals is healthier, but it is time-consuming. To save time, it is advisable to cook in bulk and then adequately store the meals for future use.
But what does adequately mean? Adequate storage means putting the meals in an airtight container and either in the refrigerator or in the freezer.
Unless properly stored, homemade meals spoil quickly. This is because, unlike commercially available dog foods, homemade meals do not contain harmful preservatives.
If you let your homemade meal spoil, not only have you wasted perfectly good ingredients, but you also lost the time you previously invested in preparing the meal. What is worse, if the dog eats the spoiled meal, it can get really sick.
Generally speaking, when talking about storing homemade dog meals, there are two primary considerations:
- Method (refrigerator vs. freezer)
- Type of container.
Both considerations depend on when you plan to use the stored meals.
Refrigerator vs. freezer
If you plan to use the meals within the next few days of preparing them, storing them in the refrigerator is perfectly safe. In general, our Azestfor homemade meals can be refrigerator stored for 5-7 days.
Before serving the meal, it is advisable to warm it up in a microwave as most dogs prefer warmer meals. This is especially important during cold, winter months and for dogs prone to laryngitis (throat inflammation).
In the freezer, the Azestfor homemade meals can last up to a year. However, it is advisable to use them within a 3-month timeframe. To thaw the homemade meal, just put it in the regular refrigerator overnight, and the next day you will have a ready-to-use meal. Once again, based on the circumstances, heating it up in the microwave might be recommended.
There are three main container types that offer airtight sealing:
Vacuum sealing – suitable for long-term storage, as it requires special bags, a vacuum sealer, and extra spare time.
Plastic zip-seal bags – suitable for short-term storage. Compared to the single-serving containers, the zip-seal bags are more expensive and messier to use but take up less space in the refrigerator/freezer.
Single-serving containers – the most practical way of short-term storing homemade meals. The ideal single-serving container should have an airtight seal and be suitable for the freezer and microwave usage. Finally, if using these containers, you do not have to worry about measuring the meals – one container equals one meal.