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what is dehydrated pet food?

Our all natural dehydrated whole foods are natural and healthy – and taste delicious!

There’s a lot we do (and a lot we don’t do) when we make our dehydrated pet food, to ensure it stays natural and human grade from the farm, all the way to your pet’s bowl. Our dehydrated pet foods are made in a human food facility, not in a pet food plant, which means they’re held to the same quality standards as the food you eat.

How to make dehydrated pet food

  1. Our dehydrated pet food ingredients are purchased directly from suppliers we trust, in the human food business. We’ve worked with many of the same suppliers since we began in 2002.
  2. The ingredients are harvested at the peak of their ripeness, then washed and trimmed to size (our root vegetables are finely diced to ensure they’re easy to digest).
  3. Moisture is removed by gently dehydrating each ingredient through evaporation. This slow process is much gentler than cooking, canning or extruding and helps protect the nutrition that mother nature put in each ingredient.
  4. The finished product is a compact, nutrient-dense blend of whole food that tastes and smells delicious.
  5. When you rehydrate our natural pet foods with pure warm water, the color, taste, texture and smell closely resembles fresh foods. We know, because we taste-test everything we make!

Ingredient breakdown

Meats and fish

Dehydrated meats and fish in pet food
  • Gently steamed to eliminate pathogens without irradiation
  • Meats are removed from dehydration after reaching a specific temperature
  • The entire process (including steaming) takes about 45 minutes

Potatoes & grains

Dehydrated potatoes and grains in pet food
  • Flash heated (and rolled in the case of our grains) to help break down cellulose, which aids in digestion
  • Then gently dehydrated to remove the remaining moisture

Vegetables and fruits

Dehydrated vegetables and fruits in pet food

The importance of colors in food

The most obvious visual difference between The Honest Kitchen’s dehydrated pet food diets and canned or extruded foods is the vibrant colors that remain intact through the gentle process of dehydration. Numerous studies have highlighted the importance of the bright pigments that exist in fresh fruits and vegetables. These vivid substances are potent phytonutrients–antioxidants, which are highly beneficial for total health and well-being. The enzyme content of dehydrated cat food and dog food is also much higher than conventional pet food.

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"Pet food good enough to eat - literally. " - New York Times

"Made with 'human food grade ingredients' but intended for dogs & cats." - The Wall Street Journal

"Pet's deserve human grade meals too." - The Huffington Post