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Old 04-12-2012, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Keeping kibble fresh

How can I keep a 50 lb bag dry dog food fresh? Is it ok to keep in the bag? My dog eats about 4 cups a day total.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I keep mine in a bin in the kitchen and it always stays nice and fresh
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We use a plastic container....there are many different varieties. I prefer them to just an open bag, especially of that size, so that less air is getting to the food and it isn't spoiling faster.

A popular variety is this: they come in many different sizes
Amazon.com: Van Ness Plastic Pet Food Storage Container: Pet Supplies


This is what I use and it holds a 44lb bag with space for more:
http://www.farmandfleet.com/products...l#.T4bvkvWwUzQ
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I place my 48 lbs of dry kibble in a plasic container which is stored in the pantry room with washer and dryer. No problems staying fresh.
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Gamma vault

We have an older Vittles Vault from years ago. keeps the kibble fresh, and when the O-ring on the lid failed the company sent us two for free. Can't beat that!
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Thanks everybody, I am going to get a plastic container
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It is better to store the dog food in it's original bag. You can still put the bag inside a plastic container.

Pet Food Storage Recommendations: What to Do, What NOT to Do! Learn How to Choose the Best Dog Food Containers.
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If there is any possibility your dog may have allergies to storage mites (a common allergy) do not store the food in another container unless you are washing it THOROUGHLY between bags. The leftover crumbs in the bottom of a bin are ideal living quarters for the mites. I keep mine in the bag it comes in, fold over the top and clip it shut after each use. Or you could put the whole bag into the container if you can keep it from spilling over inside.
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I store my girls' kibble in the bag in an enclosed plastic bin in the kitchen. If I didn't keep it shut away Tali would gorge herself the second I'm not looking!
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Gamma sealed Vittles Vaults here, too.

I had ants get into a bag of dog food once. Never again with the Gamma seal! When I made the purchase, I brought the bin home and filled it with water and tipped it over (on the front lawn). It doesn't leak water. It doesn't allow critters in.

You can get Gamma seals for 5 gallon plastic buckets, too, if you'd prefer that route. We used that for the cat food for the barn cats, as it fit in the wood bin that had been constructed in the barn for their food. The gamma sealed bucket proved to be both raccoon and opossum proof, too.
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It is better to store the dog food in it's original bag. You can still put the bag inside a plastic container.

Pet Food Storage Recommendations: What to Do, What NOT to Do! Learn How to Choose the Best Dog Food Containers.
This is all excellent, but according to Steve Brown three to four weeks (as versed to six weeks) is a more appropriate time frame within which one should use dry food. He says that after four weeks, fully 50% of the water soluble vitamin content is gone.

I also find that freezing in a freezer-freezer (as versed to a refrigerator freezer) keeps kibble just fine.
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I use a plastic tote about 8 to 10 inches high. It holds the largest bag. Duchess then has her bowls on top of it.
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Ours is in the original bag inside a snap-shut plastic container. One reason to keep the bag is just in case there are any recalls or issues with the food.
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I keep our kibble loose in a plastic bin. We use it all within 4 weeks, and I thoroughly scrub out the inside between bags. I keep the expiration/lot number part of the bag taped to the top of the bin.
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I use a large plastic bin that is airtight/watertight and keep it in the lower kitchen cabinet.

Haven't had any probs so far.
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I use a 40# Gamma Vittles Vault. I line it with a food grade plastic bag. And replace the plastic bag before each new bag of kibble goes in. Makes it easier then trying to fit the original kibble bag in there.

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I never thought top keep the original packaging in case of recalls...nor have I ever really cleaned out the plastic bucket I keep the food in! I'm going to do that immediately LOL
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