How To Store Kibble
Proper storage of kibble is important to maintain its quality, freshness, and nutritional value. Here are some tips on how to store kibble:
- Keep it in its original packaging: The bag that the kibble pet food comes in is designed to protect the food from moisture and air, so it's best to keep the food in its original packaging.
- Store in a cool, dry place: Kibble should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and humidity.
- Keep the food off the ground: Avoid storing the food on the ground, especially if the area is prone to moisture. Use a raised shelf or storage bin to keep the food off the ground.
- Check for expiration dates: Always check the expiration date on the bag before purchasing or opening it.
- Keep it away from chemicals: Store the kibble pet food away from chemicals such as cleaning agents, or pesticides that can contaminate the food and cause health problems to your pet.
- Avoid storing food in the garage: The garage is not a suitable place to store pet food, as it is often exposed to temperature changes and humidity. It is also a common place for pests like rodents to enter and contaminate the food.
- Monitor the food's appearance and smell: Check the kibble pet food regularly for any signs of spoilage, such as a rancid smell or mould growth. Discard any food that has a strange odour, appearance or texture.
- Use a scoop or measuring cup: Use a dedicated scoop or measuring cup to serve the food to your pet. This will help to prevent contamination from your hands and prevent overfeeding.
- Don't mix old and new food: When you open a new bag of kibble, don't mix it with the old food. Instead, finish the old food first before opening the new bag.
- Wash food and water bowls regularly: make sure to wash your pet’s food and water bowls regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria that can contaminate the food and water.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your pet's kibble stays fresh, nutritious, and safe to eat.