Posted by Dr Sam, On 20 Nov, 2021 | Updated On 3 Jan, 2022 No Comments »
The safest cooking method for making your dog food in your kitchen is to cook the food at temperature of 170°F (77°C) and above. For this reason, Moist-Heat cooking method is the best you should adopt. Moist-heat methods are those in which the heat is conducted to the food product by water or water-based liquids such as broth, stock and sauces, or by steam. The method includes:
- Boiling – cooking at 212°F (100°C)
- Simmering – cooking at 185°F to 205°F (85°C to 96°C)
- Poach – cooking at 160°F to 180°F (71°C–82°C)
How to Keep Leftover Food Safe
Don’t forget your dog won’t take her daily portion at once. Follow this preservation procedure for remaining portion for the day.
- Put the remaining in an air-tight container.
- Use ice-water baths to bring down the temperature of the hot food fast. Never place hot food directly off the stove into a refrigerator.
- Stir food as it is cooling to redistribute the heat and help it cool more quickly.
- Put it in a refrigerator and keep below 40°F (4°C). This is to keep the food for up to 3 days.
- Put the food in freezer to keep for up to 14 days.
- Do not crowd the refrigerator. Leave space around the container so cold air can circulate.
- Keep refrigerator doors closed except when removing or putting in items.
- Keep refrigerator clean.
- Keep cooked and raw items separately, if possible.
- If cooked and raw foods must be kept in the same fridge, keep cooked foods above raw foods.
- When bringing food out of refrigeration, do not bring out more than the portion your dog need at a time.
- Thaw and warm in a microwave oven and make sure your dog eat the meal portion within 1 hour of taking it out of the fridge.
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