How Pet Foods are Dried and Still retain the Flavor?

Have you ever wondered how are your pet foods are made? From the mixture of raw products to the cooking and how are these pet foods are dried in batches? By using Airtek beef dehydrator machine, known as the best meat dryer circulating in the market to date you can able to pet food drying easily. Regulating enough heat keeps the flavor, texture, and nutrients your pet likes. Before anything else let’s review how dried pet foods are introduced to our fur friends.

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History of Dried Pet Foods

A dry, biscuit-style dog meal developed in England in 1860 is the forerunner of commercially made pet food. Manufacturers quickly developed more sophisticated recipes that included nutrients that were thought vital for dogs at the time. Pre-packaged pet foods were also available in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. Initially, they were mostly dry cereals, but during World War I, canned horse meat dog food became available. Canned cat food and dry meat meal dog food were introduced in the 1930s. Dry cat food, dry expanded type dog food, and semi-moist pet food were among the 1960s’ developments.

Since the 1980s, the pet food market has seen an increase in demand for dry meals and a decrease in the desire for canned foods. According to research, a soft diet of canned dog food caused gum disease faster than dry food. In general, the public’s growing health consciousness has sparked demand for more nutritional and scientific pet food recipes, such as life-cycle products for younger and older pets, and therapeutic diets for specific pet health issues including weight loss and urinary difficulties. Pet food manufacturers were also more likely to employ protein-rich tissue rather than fatty tissue and tallow. Finally, goods like jerky snacks, sausage-shaped bits, biscuits, and biscuit pieces known as kibbles rose in popularity in the pet snack sector.

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Ingredients Used for Dried Pet Foods

Depending on the type of pet food, the ingredients may differ slightly. The level of moisture in canned and dry pet foods is the main distinction. Because canned food is typically manufactured from fresh animal products, it contains between 70 and 80 percent moisture, whereas dry pet food contains no more than 10%. Corn gluten feed, meat and bone meal, animal fats, and oils are some of the other ingredients utilized in dry feeds. Dry foods require additional amylaceous, or starch, components to achieve a meat-like texture.

Pet food production and packaging innovations have resulted in higher-quality products with longer shelf lives. Vacuum-packed canned dog foods have a shelf life of three to five years and are extremely stable, with little or no nutritional value loss. Dry dog food, on the other hand, has a shelf life of only 10 to 12 months and requires preservatives, however, some producers use natural preservatives such as vitamins E and C.

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Here are Some Processes to Follow in Making the Dried Pet Food

  • 5 The meat mixture is blended with other ingredients such as cereal grains, vitamins, and minerals.
  • 6 Dry and semi-moist foods are usually heated so the mixture will partially dextrinize, or thicken, the starch. To achieve the marbled look of real meat, the meat mixture may be cooked unevenly and half of the batch colored red and the other white. Semi-moist foods must be stabilized to retain the proper amount of moisture in the dry and semi-moist parts of the food.
  • 7 Dry and semi-moist foods may be extruded under high pressure through a device with orifices plates to obtain the shape and size of the specific product, for instance, the form of biscuits, kibbles, meatballs, patties, pellets, or slices. An alternative to extrusion is to gelatinize and expand the mixture. For marbled meat, the mixture of red and white meat is extruded together and broken into chunks.



The technologies and processes developed for the manufacture of products for human consumption are now being applied to the world of pet food.

Ingredient Preparation
The solid raw material composed primarily of grain flours, meat flours, and nutritional ingredients, is mixed and perfectly dosed in the optimal recipe to meet the quality needs of any type of product.

Cooking Extrusion
Our cooking-extruders are the result of our experience in human food and combine the gentle cooking in the steaming tank with the power and sanitization of heat extrusion to obtain a highly digestible and nutritious product.

Product Processing
Thanks to our technical experience and know-how, we can offer solutions for any type of format, recipe, or product, from kibble to various kinds of treats. From the cooking technology and integration of ingredients to cutting, transport, and drying to cooling and packaging, we can transfer all our experience to bring your projects to fruition.

Drying and Cooling
We examine every aspect to ensure the final product has the desired characteristics. Airtek dryers are designed to reach very high temperatures while allowing multiple format changes with insignificant or even zero contamination between products. Our heat pump dehydrators are developed to gently moderate product temperature for uniform drying without impacting the flavor, aroma, and quality of the food.

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