Freeze drying is a way of preserving food by removing about 98% of its water content. This process preserves the food while still maintaining its nutritional content, flavor and color. The Simple Food Project uses this technology to create their line of freeze dried dog food.
When you're shopping for a food for your pet, his age, size, allergies or food sensitivities, overall health condition and activity level need to be taken into account. Most commercial dog food products offer a complete and balanced diet for a certain type of dog. Be sure to read the label carefully to ensure the food you choose is formulated for your dog.
The Simple Food Project recipes are complete and balanced for adult dogs, so you should not feed them to puppies. If you're looking for a new diet for your adult dog, I'm sharing all of the details about The Simple Food Project in this review including the quality of the food, its health benefits and pricing information.
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The Simple Food Project Freeze-Dried Dog Food Review
The raw food diet has been shown to have benefits for a canine's health. However, many dog owners are leery of feeding of raw food because of the risks of bacteria and disease associated with it. It also takes time to research raw dog food recipes and prepare the meals.
The Simple Food Project is as quick and convenient as dry kibble, but the ingredients are a much higher quality. They use dehydrated fresh food and freeze dried raw pieces. The meats and produce used in their recipes are grocery-grade.
All of the recipes are limited ingredient with just 14 ingredients each. All of the ingredients are sourced in the United States. These foods are also grain-free.
According to the company's website, they cannot be labeled a ‘human-grade company' because they would need to manufacture at least one product for humans in their facility to do so. Since they don't, they cannot use the claim. However, they do insist that all of their ingredients are human-grade.
The Simple Food Project uses freeze drying and dry roasting procedures to preserve 97% of the natural nutrients in their ingredients.
All of the vitamins and minerals included in The Simple Food Project recipes are from natural food sources. This means they don't add any supplements to their meals.
As you will see in my video review above, both of our dogs love all of The Simple Food Project recipes. They have three recipes to choose from:
- Chicken & Turkey
- Beef & Salmon
- Duck & Trout
I only received the trial packs, but our dogs didn't experience any GI upset after eating these meals. So, my dogs loved them, they offer excellent nutrition from safe and very healthy ingredients – why isn't everyone feeding their dog this food?
Unfortunately, The Simple Food Project meals are not affordable on every budget. You can purchase the trial size boxes (like the ones shown in my video review) for $2.48 each or get a bundle of all three flavors for $6.99. This is a great option if you'd like to test the recipes to see which ones your dog likes before buying the larger packages.
You can purchase a 1.5-pound box of food for $27.99 or a 6-pound box of food for $84.99. There is also an option to purchase an 18-pound bulk box for $215.95. Some pet owners re-hydrate this dog food with water, but there is no need to do that unless your dog has dental issues or just prefers a moist food.
If you do the math, the 18-pound bulk pack costs $11.99 per pound. That is much more affordable than some other comparable dog food products. According to the feeding guidelines, you could feed a 50-pound average dog for 51-60 days with the bulk pack. That would be a total of $3.59 – $4.23 a day. Definitely more expensive than most kibbles, but much less expensive than other dehydrated dog food products.
Of course, dog food products made with high quality ingredients are always more expensive. They have to pay more for their ingredients, and that added cost has to get passed on to consumers.
I always recommend that dog owners buy the highest quality dog food that they can afford. If you have the money in your budget to purchase this food, it's certainly a great choice. However, I do understand that it won't fit into the budget of most dog owners.
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