I like Honey’s current food. And she does too.
But without preservatives, it needs refrigeration. Which is a royal pain if you’re traveling, camping, or, say, living on a boat.
How about dehydrated dog food? Doesn’t that sound like a good option for a dog on the go?
We thought so and were glad when The Honest Kitchen sent us a six-pack of food samples to review.
Let me show you what Honey and I thought of one of the food samples (Zeal). And then we’ll tell you a little more about The Honest Kitchen, including my opinion of their crazy food names.
I only wish we could have shot the video in Aroma-round. The smell is delicious.
Here are a few other things we didn’t fit into the video:
I am no expert when it comes to nutrition. When I read a dog food label, I look for ingredients I recognize with a whole protein at the top. Then I look for a review on Dog Food Advisor.
The Dog Food Advisor rated The Honest Kitchen dehydrated dog foods as a good, plant-based food with meat or fish as its primary protein. They gave Zeal, the product in our video, 5 out of 5 stars.
The four products we reviewed, Love, Force, Embark, and Zeal are all grain-free.
Obviously you can see from the video that Honey liked Zeal. She responded enthusiastically to all the flavors.
The Honest Kitchen received FDA certification that their pet foods are human-grade. So I had no problem tasting it. The food actually does have a good, fresh flavor that matches the delicious smell.
Because dehydrated food doesn’t need refrigeration and isn’t loaded with greasy fats that can become rancid like traditional kibble, it’s convenient for traveling.
But mixing the food takes a little practice.
You may have noticed I had a little too much water in the mix in the video. To get the ratios perfect means I’d have to do math. And I don’t like math.
When I was feeding Honey The Honest Kitchen every day on our last camping trip, I got the measurements down. Although I never found a consistency that worked with the food toys we usually feed her with.
The other negative is that the food must sit for five minutes to fully hydrate. Honey was fairly patient. But a more demanding dog would make dinner time pretty exciting while he waited for his bowl to go down.
Those Crazy Names
For the life of me, I cannot remember anything about these four foods based on their names. I kept looking for a mnemonic device to help me remember which protein went with which food.
The best I could come up with was Zeal rhymes with eel which lives in the ocean so that must be the food containing haddock.
But what about the name Love will remind me that it’s made with beef? And how will I remember that Embark is made with turkey?
Frankly, it makes me nuts. But The Honest Kitchen wants you to know they are not just any dog food company. And if that means giving their food names that are a little weird, so be it.
The names are part of The Honest Kitchen vibe which emphasizes progressive values and a respect for animals and their people.
The Honest Kitchen refuses to sell their products in stores that sell dogs or cats. They offer good benefits to their employees. They have sustainable business habits. And they use their profits to increase organic suppliers as well as to support charities.
They’re a company I feel good about supporting.
The Bottom Line
Would I buy The Honest Kitchen food on my own?
I already have.
The food is high quality so I can serve it to Honey without the switch causing her digestive problems. And it was the perfect option for two recent trips.
The cost is about twice the cost per serving of Honey’s regular food, though. While I am willing to spend more on things that support my highest values, the money just isn’t in the budget for that dramatic an increase.
The Honest Kitchen does have a line of foods that include grains (organic quinoa, oats, and rye). When bought in bulk they are close to the price of Honey’s current food. And I will give them a try.
If you can afford it, The Honest Kitchen is a worthy option. It’s made with quality, human-grade ingredients. And it’s convenient on the go.
If you’re ever given short notice to escape bad weather or a natural disaster, you might have to share your dog’s rations. And I’d much rather share Honey’s Honest Kitchen than any other dog food I’ve ever seen.
Thank you to my husband who directed, recorded, and edited the video. And to Honey who waited patiently for 45 minutes to eat her breakfast.
The Honest Kitchen gave me free samples of their products for this review. I did not get any other compensation for this review and have offered my honest opinion.
Your Turn: Have you ever tried The Honest Kitchen dog food? What did you think of it? Do you find reviews helpful? How about video?