How to store and serve Bravo raw diets.

Handling

  • Keep frozen until ready to use.
  • Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods.
  • Wash working surfaces, utensils (including cutting boards, preparation and feeding bowls), hands, and any other items that touch or contact raw meat or poultry with hot soapy water.
  • Refrigerate leftovers immediately.

Thawing

2, 5 & 10 lb. frozen chubs

  • 2 lb. chub: Allow 24 hours to defrost in refrigerator. 
  • 5 lb. or 10 lb. chub: Allow 36 hours to defrost in the refrigerator.

4 or 8 oz. frozen patties 

Generally a 4 oz. or 8 oz. patty will thaw and be ready to serve 6-8 hours after being placed in the refrigerator from the freezer.  

  • Remember to place the thawing patties on a plate or in a non-plastic covered container. 
  • Do not remove the patty from the EZ Peel overwrap vacuum sealed package while it thaws. 
  • Serve immediately after removing the overwrap. 
  • Once thawed, product should be served within 2-3 days. 
  • Carefully wash bowl or plate or storage container with hot, soapy water before reuse. 
  • If you have thawed the patty, please do not leave it out at room temperature after it has thawed. You should be careful to serve it immediately or keep it in the refrigerator for safe storage.

Serving

Try to feed meals at room temperature. While your pet's digestive system can handle very cold and frozen foods, it is able to function more efficiently when the food is warmer. 

Storing

First and foremost, keep Bravo frozen diets in the freezer until you are ready to defrost and serve. Store the unused portion in the refrigerator. 

  • The general rule of thumb is that the meat will stay fine for 2 to 3 days, and sometimes longer. If it smells bad to you, don’t feed it.
  • Another method of handling meal amounts is simply to lightly thaw the meat, divide it into meal size portions, put those portions into containers and refreeze the individual meal bags for later use as needed. While we are warned against re-freezing meat for ourselves, it is a necessity for many people feeding raw diets.