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      Taking all packaging suggestions!

      Because my city is on an every other week trash schedule, the plastic bags aren't working for us. Maggots. Ewww!!! Not to mention I'm not thrilled with the waste. It adds about $10 per month in bags and that's from Costco. Add it up over a year and that'll pay for a month's worth of raw dog food.

      So what do you use (plastic bins) and where did you get them?

      I was was putting one days' meal per bag per dog in the freezer and taking one bag each out per day but am now taking out several meals at a time and putting in a large bowl with a lid in the fridge and weighing it out for each meal. That way I can feed them what they need or don't need per their poop. So I'm looking at bins that might hold approximately two lbs or more.

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      I have a bunch of large trash cans that I keep away from the house in a fenced area. I line those in plastic liner bags. When it's time to go to the dump, I pull them out of the cans seal them and haul the into the dump on my way t o town.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bamps View Post
      I have a bunch of large trash cans that I keep away from the house in a fenced area. I line those in plastic liner bags. When it's time to go to the dump, I pull them out of the cans seal them and haul the into the dump on my way t o town.
      Thanks, but I don't really have that option. Plus I already pay $50 per month for pick-up and don't want to add to that. Nor do I really want to keep buying and throwing away expensive freezer bags. We have compost pick-up every week and all food is included -- meat, bones, etc. -- so that's why I don't typically have maggots. The baggies with blood sitting for two weeks are the culprits. So I need to get rid of the baggies.

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      When I'm running low on ziplocs or don't want to waste a whole bunch on a short-term single use I use a piece of saran wrap to keep the pieces from touching each other and freezing together.

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      Can you rinse out the bags before tossing in trash?

      Another option might be wrap in grocery bags and freeze until you put the trash out.

      I suppose a last resort would be disposal at a gas station when stopping for gas.
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      Was thinking like KenZ71, a quick rinse of the bag before tossing.

      In Savannah we used to get shrimp right off the boat. After cleaning and heading, all the crap was put in a bag and tossed into the freezer until pick up day. That's one smell you don't want lingering around outside.

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      I was hoping more for storage container advice... Sizes specifically.

      In our city plastic grocery bags are prohibited. But I don't even have extra freezer space anyway. I have overflow at my parents' place as a matter of fact. That being said, I will put stinky stuff in the fridge until garbage day as well, to avoid having it sit for a week.

      The logistics of raw feeding is tough!

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      I worked through various options over the last year...In the beginning I was using the ziplock bags for a short time only and washing them and re-using...this I stopped as I experimented and changed both the size and type of meals.

      What about packaging 3 days supply in one bag? It all depends though on what exactly you are freezing and your freezer capacity/shape. For me, I freeze 3-5 days supply and use a range of items, plastic bags not ziplock, empty yoghurt or ice cream containers or the original packaging. I also have a rough estimate of what size meaty bone I need and then buy accordingly.

      Also I have stopped freezing exact amounts - rather, freezing the approx. amount for a range of between 2 to 4 or 5 days. So if I want 300gms chicken necks a meal, I might freeze the 800 gms in one bag. It then gets defrosted in a large plastic container in the fridge.

      I also have stopped making up any of the vegetable/fruit component and so this has given more room to store more meat, in less plastic. The freezed meals are purely meats/bones. Again, this has reduced the amount of plastic bags used. any additions come straight from the fridge or pantry.

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      I still rock the bags


      All of my prepackaged goes into plastic containers. Those cheap ziplock or glad style ones.
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      I would love a freezer like that! Also, I would definitely use it to my advantage and do exactly like this, separate plastic bags. I would then just freeze empty bags to rubbish day or wash out the bags and recycle, which wouldn't be much if I was able to have such a meat system operating.

      Raw feeding does require you to work out an operating system. It's taken me a year to work out a system that I'm really happy with and still using only the small freezer of my fridge. Keep experimenting until you work out a system that works for you!

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