How Do You Store Your Pet’s Kibbles?
If the answer is “In an airtight, plastic container.”, it is not good!
As most of us know by now, plastic leaches harmful chemicals to food stored in it. This is especially so if your food has direct contact to the container. Why else do we have all those new age plastic containers claiming to be “BPA Free” and “Phthalates Free”. Plastics contain these chemicals that is bad for the body. They are often associated with a variety of health issues, including hormonal and developmental problems.
You see, in these plastic materials has tiny pores in them. When food or rather fats/ oils in the cat / dog food comes into contact with plastic, it will seep into the microscopic pores of the plastic. Then the oil is exposed to oxygen and oxidises and turns rancid. Thereafter we pour in newer batches of food without washing and drying the containers properly. This makes it a good breeding ground for bacteria, invincible mould and chemicals released into the food.
Food turns stale when spoilt and dogs may refuse to consume them. Harmful bacteria and moulds thrive in an environment with oxygen.
So, please change your storage habits right now! What are the simplest and practical solutions?
1/ Use Glass
Glass is a good material to store food as it does not have pores and does not meddle with food. It can be cleaned easily even if it gets oily. The only disadvantage is it breaks easily.
2/ Buy Smaller Packs, Keep the Original Packaging
One of the freshest way is to buy smaller bags and leave the food in the original packaging, then into an airtight container. Most good quality cat and dog kibbles are packaged in aluminium coated foil bags. As aluminium foil does not have pores, it is also a barrier for moisture. The contents if Ziploc-ed and kept in a cool, dark place, are protected from UV and moisture. This also prevents loss of goodness like vitamins.
3/ Use a Metal / Stainless Steel Bin
Stainless steel – non porous, non leaching, rust resistant and can last almost a lifetime so they are a good bet however they are not transparent so you may not be able to monitor your stock level as easily compared to a see through material.
Do wash the containers frequently and ensure the container dries completely before use.
This article applies to your pet’s water bowl too. Stop using plastic and start using stainless steel bowls.