To make freeze-dried food taste out of this world, raw ingredients are flash frozen, then placed in a vacuum chamber to remove moisture without heat. The less contact with heat, the more nutrients are retained. This process leaves all raw nutrition levels intact.
You can buy freeze-dried raw food in two formats: formed into a shape like a nugget or slider or just simply ground to a desired texture. However, it’s not as finely ground as dehydrated food so you can see the tasty morsels of meat and veggies. While this kind of food is usually rehydrated with water, goat’s milk or broth to make it easier to eat, it doesn’t have to be. If you have an older pet who isn’t getting up enough to get water, freeze dried raw food with liquid added contains 70-80% moisture. Rehydrating also raises the nutrition content to 10-20% protein and 5-15% fat.
Freeze-dried raw food is great for pets of all ages, and most dogs give its strong flavor profile two thumbs up (you know, if they had thumbs). Plus, if your dog is on a full raw diet, this is a great option for when you travel. It’s as easy to serve as kibble, and thanks to its low moisture content, it stores longer. Just remember, freeze-dried food IS raw so wash your hands thoroughly after handling.