Microwave oven cooking completely ruins healthy homemade dog food. Even reheating food this way is detrimental to your dogs health and yours too. Here's why.
I knew microwaves kill nutrients and enzymes in food but I recently learned it does far more than that, and heaven knows none of us want our dogs to get cancer.
Please tell me you don't 'nuke' your dog's food!
What Made Me Write About This
Bless the unknowing soul who posted on a forum I was visiting. He gave complete instructions on microwave oven cooking dog food meals. I was appalled and clicked away from the conversation.
I woke up the next morning wishing I'd said something. Not that he would have believed me, but you never know.
I wondered if any of my readers use a microwave so I decided to write about it just in case.
Naturally I looked up some studies to back up my advice. My research shocked even me! Here are a few high points:
My Own Microwave Use Confession
I never do microwave oven cooking but I've had one for my husband and kids to reheat their food. They thought I was funny (or crazy) because whenever they used it, my head hurt unless I was in another room.
Crazy or not, I swear I'd feel my brain pulsating. Maybe because I'm shorter than everyone else I get a direct hit. Who knows. At least they are gracious enough to tell me when they are going to use it so I can leave the vicinity.
After saying all that, guess what? I ended up using the
microwave to reheat my coffee for a while! I had this cheap coffeemaker that kept
it lukewarm at best so I got into the habit of putting my mug in for a little microwave heating.
I figured coffee wasn't good for me anyway and since it had no nutrients or enzymes to kill, I was okay. Oops.
After I researched it, I used a saucepan to reheat my coffee until frugal me got a new coffeemaker. Then to my family's disappointment, I got rid of the microwave.
Set your container of cold food in a sink filled with hot water. That's my five big dog method. Of course you can use a pan of hot water if you have a small amount.
If you're in a hurry, instead of microwave oven cooking, heat it up in a saucepan on the stove. You may have to add a little water but if you turn it on high and stir the entire time it will heat up very quickly.
For humans who are late for dinner, put a saucepan lid over the food while it is on a plate. Put the plate of food on a simmering saucepan of water. It will stay warm without drying up.
And remember that our dogs don't care what temperature their food is as long as they get to eat.