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How to Cook Safely for Your Dog

Posted by Dr Sam, On 20 Nov, 2021 | Updated On 3 Jan, 2022 No Comments »

Safe cooking methods is very needed in making your dog food at home. See how to cook safely for your dog at home.

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:

  1. Boiling – cooking at 212°F (100°C)
  2. Simmering – cooking at 185°F to 205°F (85°C to 96°C)
  3. 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.

  1. Put the remaining in an air-tight container.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir food as it is cooling to redistribute the heat and help it cool more quickly.
  4. Put it in a refrigerator and keep below 40°F (4°C). This is to keep the food for up to 3 days.
  5. Put the food in freezer to keep for up to 14 days.
  6. Do not crowd the refrigerator. Leave space around the container so cold air can circulate.
  7. Keep refrigerator doors closed except when removing or putting in items.
  8. Keep refrigerator clean.
  9. Keep cooked and raw items separately, if possible.
  10. If cooked and raw foods must be kept in the same fridge, keep cooked foods above raw foods.
  11. When bringing food out of refrigeration, do not bring out more than the portion your dog need at a time.
  12. 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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