Just add meat! The easiest way to make homemade dog food, Preference is a grain-free foundation diet, to which meat must be added with every feeding. The beauty of Preference is that you can add whichever meat you would like, so it’s an excellent option for dogs that can’t tolerate more common protein sources or who just like a little variety. Suitable for dogs of all ages including pups and seniors.
Dehydrated Alfalfa, Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage, Celery, Apples, Spinach, Kelp, Coconut, Bananas, Zucchini, Honey, Rosemary, and Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamins and Minerals: Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Potassium Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate
(Dry Matter Basis), Protein 12.0% min, Fat 5.0% min, Fiber 10.0% max, Moisture 8.9% max, Calcium 1.51% min, 1.60% max, Phosphorus 0.64% min, 0.68% max, Magnesium 0.66% min, 0.66% max, Sodium 0.20% min, 0.26% max
How Honest Kitchen Foods are Made
The Honest Kitchen’s foods are made using a technique called dehydration. This is a slow, gentle method of very minimally processing the food, which removes the moisture from our raw ingredients. Dehydration takes several hours, and uses warm air to ‘blow away’ the moisture (mostly at temperatures below 104 degrees, except for our meats and eggs, which are dehydrated at over 120 degrees in order to kill any pathogens that may be present, and make the food completely safe even for an immune compromised pet).
Dehydration is much gentler than canning or extrusion, which generally involve very high heat and pressure, and are used to manufacture most types of pet food including most kibbled diets. Canning and extrusion involve such high temperatures, that many of the natural nutrients in the raw ingredients are actually destroyed, meaning the manufacturer must replace them with dozens of artificial vitamins and minerals, in order to make the finished product meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles. Take a look at the list if ingredients on regular pet food and compare the contents of the vitamin-mineral premix (usually composed of the ingredients that are rather difficult to read or pronounce!) and compare them with a raw or dehydrated food. You’ll notice that minimally processed diets contain very few added vitamins and minerals, because so much of the natural nutrition in the raw ingredients has survived the gentler, more minimal production process.
Honest Kitchen is legally allowed to use the term ‘Human Grade’ on their labels. Unlike most conventional pet foods, which are produced in a pet food rendering plant, Honest Kitchen's production takes place right alongside, and on the same equipment as, products like breakfast cereals, bakery mixes and milkshake powders – within a human food production plant. Of course, the equipment is cleaned after every single production run, regardless of what was last made! Our production is 100% US based and under FDA inspection, so the entire process actually takes place under the same standards in place for human food products. Nothing at all is different between what the plant makes for you to eat, and what it produces for our pets.