Freeze Dry Process

Freeze-drying Technology

The following facts about freeze-drying will help in providing you with the security that your pet is receiving a natural, preservative-free product that adds value in nourishing them naturally. 

Freeze-drying food preservation technology has been long regarded as the best possible way to preserve the nutrients in food.  The benefits of this technology are multi-fold in that the food retains its original characteristics, nutrient values, color, form and size. 

Being the gentlest process of all food preservation technologies known, freeze drying is a physical process where the inherent water content goes from a solid to a gaseous state; This process is known as sublimation. Only the moisture content is removed leaving the cell wall’s structure intact, resulting in a product that keeps its natural form and preserves all the inherent available phyto-nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes.

The taste also remains unchanged and the food rehydrates in seconds to its original fresh state.

The freeze-drying process involves advanced technology and controlled temperatures for the dehydration of frozen foods in a vacuum-sealed chamber effectively removing the moisture content in the product, as moisture content is the number one cause of degradation to preserve the product perfectly. 

Freeze Dry Process

Every step of this process is guided by strict quality precautions and procedures:

  • The process begins with the purchase of raw food in its natural state from human food processors. The meats are transported and processed under refrigerated conditions consistent with HACCP and CFIA standards.
  • The meats are frozen into block shapes and are kept frozen at -20 degrees Celsius until it is transferred to the cutting and sizing processing room, where the frozen blocks are cut into appropriately sized pieces in preparation for the dicing machine.
  • At the dicing process stage, the meat blocks are fed into a stainless steel sizing machine where they are cut into the desired finished sizes, then weighed and spread evenly onto trays, and then re-flash frozen at -35 degrees Celsius
  • With the product now ready to be freeze-dried the trays are placed on a dolly that slides into the freeze-drying chamber where the process takes up to 9-hours. 
  • After freeze drying and as a last step prior to packaging for shipment, the freeze-dried meat cubes are sieved to filter out any powder or small undersized pieces.