The Honest Kitchen product review

August 23, 2013 | Comments Off

We learned about the company The Honest Kitchen at BlogPaws 2013 a few months ago. Spenser ate his samples in like two seconds flat! We requested some more so we could do a full review, and they graciously sent all of our pets some more products to try. Their all natural dehydrated whole foods are natural and healthy, and their goal is to ensure that dogs and cats are getting the absolute best pet food possible. This happens through the quality of ingredients they use, their careful process of dehydration (more on that below), and their commitment to product quality. The Honest Kitchen sells cat food, dog food, supplements, and treats. Their dehydrated cat food is grain-free, high protein, and made from ingredients you’d recognize from your own kitchen; their cat foods have a high moisture content which is optimal for cats’ digestion and urinary health. Their dehydrated dog food is also made from whole foods that you’d recognize from your own kitchen. Their nutritional pet supplements can help with anxiety, itchy skin, digestion issues, and other common pet problems. Also, their healthy pet treats come from dehydrated whole food ingredients, are low calorie, and are 100% human grade.

Here are photos of what The Honest Kitchen sent to us:

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Here’s a video where I take a closer look at the package:

Included in the package:
- 1 package of Pecks – are dog treats that are made with buffalo and blueberries. They’re the perfect healthy dog training treats because of their smaller ‘bite size’ that’s quick to serve and easy to munch, while your dog focuses on obedience, agility, and other canine activities.
- 1 package of Beams – an instant best-seller as a natural dehydrated fish dog treat! They’re made from pure, wild-caught Atlantic Catfish skins, from the clean ocean waters of Iceland, dried into savory, chewy sticks. Beams are an excellent source of lean protein, are also lower fat, and are a good source of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids. Fish is an excellent treat for dogs who do better without common protein sources. They are made with just 1 ingredient and are grain-free with no fillers or artificial additives.
- 1 package of Wishes – the perfect grain-free treats made with 100% wild caught haddock that can be fed to both cats and dogs. Wishes are naturally high in protein while low in fat and carbohydrates so they make a healthy addition to your pet’s diet. Wishes are made with just 1 ingredient and have no fillers or artificial additives. Haddock is a clean white fish that’s naturally very low in fat so you can serve a few small pieces without a risk of packing on the pounds. Wishes come as large, dehydrated fish fillets that can be snapped into smaller pieces for your dogs or cats. Use them as a general reward or aid to training.
- 1 box of Grace – a gluten-free cat food made with cage-free turkey and eggs as well as produce like parsley, a little pumpkin, and dandelion greens. With almost 70% meat, Grace is a natural human-grade cat food that’s ideal for adult cats, particularly those who need a diet without gluten. Grace makes a high-moisture cat food, which can be used in place of homemade or canned cat food diets.
- 1 box of Prowl – an all natural cat food made with free range chicken, eggs, and produce like sweet potatoes, spinach, and cranberries. It is almost 70% meat, and is a natural human grade cat food that’s ideal for adult cats, particularly those who need a diet without gluten. Prowl is a high-moisture dehydrated cat food, which can be used in place of homemade or canned cat food diets.
- 1 box of Keen – a hearty dehydrated dog food recipe made with cage-free turkey, low-gluten oats, and garden vegetables like carrots and cabbage. Keen is crafted from ‘down to earth’ ingredients that provide great all natural nutrition. It’s a penny-conscious recipe for picky hounds who deserve good food. Keen is moderate in protein and fat so it’s perfect for adult maintenance. Lower in cost without compromising our values, Keen is ideal for dogs who do better without chicken, beef, eggs, and fish.

Here is some information about how The Honest Kitchen makes its dehydrated pet food from its website:

Our all natural dehydrated whole foods are natural and healthy – and taste delicious!

There’s a lot we do (and a lot we don’t do) when we make our pet food, to ensure it stays natural and human grade from the farm, all the way to your pet’s bowl. Our foods are made in a human food facility, not in a pet food plant, which means they’re held to the same quality standards as the food you eat.

The most obvious visual difference between The Honest Kitchen’s diets and canned or extruded foods is the vibrant colors that remain intact through the gentle process of dehydration. Numerous studies have highlighted the importance of the bright pigments that exist in fresh fruits and vegetables. These vivid substances are potent phytonutrients–antioxidants, which are highly beneficial for total health and well-being. The enzyme content of dehydrated food is also much higher than conventional pet food.

Here’s How We Do It!

1. Our ingredients are purchased directly from suppliers we trust in the human food business. We’ve worked with many of the same suppliers since we began in 2002.
2. The ingredients are harvested at the peak of their ripeness, then washed and trimmed to size (our root vegetables are finely diced to ensure they’re easy to digest).
3. Moisture is removed by gently dehydrating each ingredient. This slow process is much gentler than cooking, canning, or extruding and helps protect the nutrition that mother nature put in each ingredient.
4. The finished product is a compact, nutrient-dense blend of whole food that tastes and smells delicious.
5. When you rehydrate our natural pet foods with pure warm water, the color, taste, texture, and smell closely resembles fresh foods. We know, because we taste-test everything we make!

How Our Food Is Made

Meats and fish
- Gently steamed to eliminate pathogens without irradiation
- Meats are removed from dehydration after reaching a specific temperature
- The entire process (including steaming) takes about 45 minutes

Potatoes & grains
- Flash heated (and rolled in the case of our grains) to help break down cellulose, which aids in digestion
- Then gently dehydrated to remove the remaining moisture

Vegetables and fruits
- Dehydrated using warm air to gently blow away the moisture
- A slow process that takes several hours
- Produce is still considered ‘raw’ after dehydration is complete
- All of our leafy greens are steamed

Here’s a photo of Spenser trying to break into the treat stash I was keeping in my closet:

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Here are photos & videos of Spenser & the kitties eating their new treats:

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And here are photos & videos of Mark preparing their new food and of them trying it out:

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The verdict? I really like that there are all these healthier food options, supplements, and treats to choose from if your pet has health issues to contend with, or even if as a pet parent you just want your furbaby to eat healthier. I can’t speak of the supplements, but the treats were a big hit for all of my furbabies, especially the ones made from fish. The smell is strong, and they come running for a taste every time we open any of the packages! As for the food, while it’s quite easy to make, only the dog gobbled it down. All the cats investigated it and Sam reluctantly nibbled on some of it, but none of them were an outright fan. If this were imperative and they needed to be on this type of diet, we’d introduce it to them slowly, mixing it in with their other wet food that they are used to getting at snack time. It was an interesting experiment for us for sure! So we’ve saved the treats and are keeping an eye out on their site for any new ones that come down the road. If you purchase any of their products, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – The Honest Kitchen provided these items to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)



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