Don’t blow away the dust!

If you’ve tried cold pressed dog food before, you’ll know what we mean by “dust”, but if you’re a cold pressed newbie, dust is the small about of crumbly food you may find at the bottom of your bag/box of food. 

Here we explain why it happens and why it’s still a great benefit to your dog…

Cold-pressed dog food can sometimes appear dusty due to the manufacturing process and the ingredients used. Here are a few reasons why this might happen:

Ingredients: Cold-pressed dog food often contains natural ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. These ingredients can sometimes be dry and powdery, contributing to a dusty appearance.
Production Process: During the cold-pressing process, ingredients are ground, mixed, and compressed at low temperatures to preserve nutrients. This process can create fine particles that settle on the surface of the food, giving it a dusty appearance.
Storage and Handling: Improper storage or handling of cold-pressed dog food can also contribute to dustiness. If the food is stored in a dry environment or exposed to air for extended periods, it may become dusty over time.
Lack of Additives: Cold-pressed dog food is often made without artificial preservatives, additives, or binders. While this is beneficial for providing a natural and wholesome diet, it can also contribute to a slightly dusty texture compared to kibble that contains more binding agents.
Although cold-pressed dog food may appear dusty, it’s important to note that this is generally harmless and does not affect the quality or safety of the food. If you’re concerned about the dustiness of your dog’s food, you can try mixing it with water or broth to reduce the dust and make it more palatable for your pet. Additionally, storing the food in an airtight container and handling it with care can help minimize dustiness.

Why is there dust?

Well, quite simply, the dust is the bits of food that have come unattached to the cold pressed pellets. 

As cold pressed is minimally processed and gently pressed into shape, this makes it a softer, crunchier product compared to kibble which uses a lot of heat and pressure to press into it’s shapes (a process called “extrusion”).

When this product is moved around, the food can rub against each other producing dust, although this is usually a very small amount in your bag/box and you’ll find it as you come to the bottom where it settles.

Is it still nutritious?

Yes! Although it looks different to the rest of the cold pressed, the powder is still just as nutritious and delicious for your dog – all that’s happened is that it’s been separated from the rest of the pellet.

You can feed as usual in your dogs bowl (with cold pressed or even with our raw frozen!) or if you have a bit of spare time, you could turn it into something more creative…

What can I do with the dust?

As mentioned above, you can simply add it in with your dogs regular meal, or you could even turn it into a paste for a Licki Mat or Kong. 

Looking for something more creative? Why not try one of these ideas:

– Mix together with water as a paste to pop into ice cube trays for a treat on a hot day (see pic)

– Use the dust to create some yummy dog biscuits in the oven

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