What are freeze-dried foods?
Freeze-dried food is actually made from cooked fresh foods with nearly all of the water content removed through a special process. The result is a light and dry product that is packaged in airtight containers for future use.
It differs from the dehydration process in that there is an additional step: The freezing process prior to extracting the moisture, which does preserve more of the nutritional content of the food. Virtually all of the proteins, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals remain intact, so your pet will get the most nutrition possible.
The freeze-dried appearance looks pretty much like the original version, only dried up and smaller—but you can still figure out what it is, as opposed to a dehydrated food that resembles NOTHING to the original version. Then, when it’s time to feed your pet, you just add water and it returns to the original state.
Freeze-dried food has a number of advantages, including long shelf life. Freeze-dried food stays viable, without any spoilage or mold, for years as long the packaging is not damaged or opened. This is because all microorganisms need water to survive and the water has been removed, but once you add water; make sure you refrigerate any leftovers immediately. There’s also the benefit of easy storage.
Because it’s so light, freeze-dried dog food is great for traveling, so you may want to consider it when you and dog travel.
Here are some other reasons a freeze-dried food might work for you:
• The process requires only minimum amounts of added heat to so fewer amino acids or digestive enzymes are destroyed. Many say cooking above 116 degrees will destroy enzymes.
• It preserves meat without chemicals, irradiation, or heat damage to nutrition, hence justifying the higher cost.
• You’ll always have a supply of food on hand—important to those in storm-prone areas that often result in losses of electricity.