I went to a pet store one day & saw that they offered prepackaged raw food. However, it was not refrigerated. It was cylindrical in shape & kept in one of those plastic wraps with the little twists at the end (you know, the ones you typically see sausage in?).
I went to this pet store a long time ago, so bear with me. I can’t recall the name of the pet food, I just remember finding it odd that raw meat could be left out like that without spoiling. I’m starting to think that maybe I just read the package wrong? Or maybe there is some way of preserving raw meat without refrigeration that somehow managed to slip by me? Or is it possibly ridden with chemical preservatives, which leads me to my next question: is storing it in this fashion at all detrimental to its quality?
I’m really curious to hear your answers because though I’ve heard talk of prepackaged raw food, I have yet to see a freezer at my local pet supply stores, Lol.
The brand, “Nature’s Logic” offers raw diets, and I just emailed them asking a few questions about their products, including the question of how they keep their raw diets fresh. The man conveniently answered all my questions BUT the one concerning raw food!
It must be a secret!
I replied telling him I’m still waiting on an answer from my previous question, Lol!
He just replied. Here’s what he wrote,
“Our raw food is produced and then flash frozen at 30 below zero and is then stored at zero degrees even during transporting to the distributors and stores. Thousands of stores around the country have frozen food and freezers in their stores.”
He then went on to suggest that anyone feeding prepackaged raw freeze it until use.
Sadly, his answer doesn’t solve the mystery, but at least we know Nature’s Logic is doing it right, and that there are pet stores with freezers.
I just looked at some pictures and I’m pretty sure Natural Balance is the brand I saw!
Why exactly is freeze drying? How is it done? I’ve heard of it, but I have no clue what it means.