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Nature's Kitchen Freeze-Dried Meats


 

GOT 'nymore MEAT ?

Nature's Kitchen Freeze-Dried Pure Meat Treats for DOGS, CATS, & FERRETS

Nature's Kitchen offers a very wide variety of freeze-dried meats.  Smaller quantities of each are rotated in & out of stock frequently, maximizing the freshness of every batch.  Immediately below, please find the latest listing of what's in stock, with links to the appropriate pages.  This listing will change often.

Below the  "IN STOCK" tables, you will find general information about freeze-drying & using the different meats.  Please familiarize yourself with the information pertinent to your pets.

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IN STOCK as of Oct 22, 2011

' X ' designates products that don't apply, or that we don't carry (yet)

MAMMALIAN MEATS (link to prices, package sizes, photos)

 

BEEF

BISON

LAMB

PORK

RABBIT

VEAL

 WATER  BUFFALO

 EARS

X

X

X

X

temp. out of stock

X

 
 FEET

X

X

X

X

IN  STOCK

X

 
 HEART (diced)  and/or  HEARTS (whole)

 X

 temp. out of stock

 temp. out of stock

 temp. out of stock

 temp. out of stock

 IN  STOCK

 
 LIVER

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

temp. out of stock

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

IN  STOCK

 
 LIVER POWDER

IN  STOCK

temp. out of stock

X

temp. out of stock

X

X

 
 LUNG

X

 temp. out of stock

temp. out of stock

X

X

X

 coming later in October

 SPEAR/SCHLONG

X

X

X

X

X

temp. out of stock

 
 SPLEEN

X

temp. out of stock

X

X

X

IN  STOCK

 
 STEAK

IN  STOCK

X

X

X

X

X

 
 TAIL

X

IN  STOCK

X

X

X

temp. out of stock

 
 TENDERLOIN

X

X

X

temp. out of stock

X

X

 
 TONGUE

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

X

X

X

X

 
 TRIPE, green

X

temp. out of stock

X

X

X

 X

 

 

POULTRY (link to prices, package sizes, photos)  

 

 CHICKEN

 CORNISH HEN

DUCK

 EMU

 OSTRICH

 PHEASANT

 QUAIL

TURKEY

 BREAST MEAT

IN  STOCK

X

IN  STOCK

X

X

X

X

X

 EGGS

X

X

X

X

X

X

 temp. out of stock

X

 FEET, whole

 X

 IN  STOCK

IN  STOCK

X

X

X

X

X

 GIZZARDS, whole

 X

 X

IN  STOCK

 X

 X

 X

 X

 X

 HEART, diced

IN  STOCK

X

IN  STOCK

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

X

X

IN  STOCK, special

 HEARTS, whole

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

temp. out of stock

X

X

temp. out of stock

temp. out of stock

temp. out of stock

 LIVER, diced

IN  STOCK

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

X

X

temp. out of stock

 LIVERS, whole

temp. out of stock

IN  STOCK

IN  STOCK

X

X

temp. out of stock

X

X

 LIVER POWDER

IN  STOCK

X

IN  STOCK

X

X

X

X

temp. out of stock

 NECK, diced

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

IN  STOCK, special

 NECKS, whole

temp. out of stock

X

IN  STOCK

X

X

X

IN  STOCK

temp. out of stock

 TONGUES, whole

 X

 X

 IN  STOCK

 X

 X

 X

 X

 X

 

SEAFOOD (link to prices, package sizes, photos)   

 

ALASKAN POLLOCK

 BASA catfish

 COD

 MACKEREL

 OCEAN PERCH

SALMON

 SARDINES

SMELTS

TILAPIA

 FISH, whole

X

X

 X

 X

 X

X

 IN  STOCK

IN  STOCK

X

 MEAT, diced

 IN  STOCK

 IN  STOCK

IN  STOCK

 IN  STOCK

 X

 IN  STOCK

 X

X

temp. out of stock

 MEAT, Large Chunks

X

 X

 X

 X

 temp. out of stock

temp. out of stock

 X

X

X

 MEAT, powder

X

 X

 X

 X

 X

IN  STOCK

 X

X

X

 

INFORMATION


 

" What is freeze-drying ? "

Drying anything involves the evaporation of a solvent (in this case, water) and requires heat & time.  Different types of drying processes use varying amounts of heat & time.  When plant & animal tissues are dried, the amount of heat and the duration of the drying changes certain properties in the material.  When foods are involved, flavour, color, volume, texture, & certain nutritional aspects can all change.

still under construction     more coming soon...


 

" What is the difference between "standard" & "PREMIUM" grades ? "

While freeze-drying involves less heat & better quality results than more common, less expensive forms of drying, there are still variables within the process. 

still under construction     more coming soon...


 

UNDERSTANDING FLAVOUR ACCEPTANCE, ALLERGIES, CALORIES, & THE DIFFERENT MEATS

" What will my dog/cat/ferret like the best ? "

Please don't ask us this in an email.  We cannot possibly know what your animal likes.  Below, you will find a wealth of information to help you choose appropriate meats for different animals & purposes.

Many dogs eat almost anything, but can finicky about fish.  Toy breed dogs can also be a bit more finicky than larger ones.  Cats and ferrets tend to be more finicky in general.  As explained above, premium grade freeze-dried meats have better, more natural flavour than standard grade ones.

Next, greasier meats (heart & poultry necks) will often taste better than the less oily ones (liver).  Animals (just like humans) like the taste of a little extra fat or oil in their food.  Also, greasier meats are a bit higher in calories.  Higher caloric content is desirable for dogs that are athletic, hard working, or underweight, and is less desirable for senior and overweight dogs on a diet. 

So, if your animal(s) already love " GOT 'nymore MEAT ? " or " Benny Bullys " standard grade freeze-dried beef liver, then you're in good shape.  They should like just about any of the mammalian or poultry meats, but experimentation with fish may still be required.

THE  MEATS

Heart:   Heart meat has more fat & oils than leaner meats.  This is because there is exterior fat on the outside of the upper heart, as well as oil throughout the meat of the heart wall.  For the mammalian hearts, exterior fat is hand trimmed prior to dicing, removing most of it.  Poultry hearts are too small for hand trimming and that exterior fat stays attached.  Nature's Kitchen has an interesting source of pork heart as explained on the product pages, resulting in an unusually lean source of heart meat.

" Why are poultry hearts offered in both diced & whole form ? "  To give you, the pet owner, maximum choice.  Poultry heart offers bite sized pieces whether diced or not.  While drying removes mostly water, some fat evaporates as well.  Diced hearts lose slightly more fat to the process, while whole hearts retain a bit more fat (and higher calories).  Whole hearts are less expensive per unit weight.  Some people find whole hearts more gross to handle, so if you're squeamish, you may prefer diced.  Diced hearts are easier to break if there is a need to do so.

Liver:   Liver is the best known meat treat, as it has been available for many years.  It is a rich dietary source of vitamin A because the liver is where the body stores this very important vitamin.  Under certain circumstances it is possible to feed too much liver, causing a toxic reaction to too much vitamin A.  This is very rare (not really something to worry about) and it requires a gross over-feeding of liver over several weeks or months.  "Too much liver & vitamin A" is a function of the amount fed & the bodyweight of the animal.  It is highly unlikely to ever occur in a medium or large dog, as the amount of freeze-dried liver required would be incredibly expensive.  Toy breed dogs, cats, ferrets are more practically susceptible, and even then, it still takes a lot of liver.  Solution ?  Mix up your treat meats, effectively diluting the vitamin A.  Don't use all liver for any animal's treats, and you never have to think about it again.

 

still under construction     more coming soon...