Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Sauce

Carol asks…

When does an opened and refrigerated jar of typical marinara sauce expire?

If I open and refrigerate a jar of marinara sauce, is it still usable through the expiration date? If not, how long would you estimate it stays usable for?

For example, a carton of orange juice may have a shelf life of two months but only stays fresh for 7-10 days after opening. Thanks in advance!

Jimmy answers:

Of course, with any food product – it depends on how you’ve treated the food after you’ve opened and processed it.

The advantage you have with marinara sauce is that it’s acidic – due to the tomatoes. The acidity slows microbial growth.

But if it’s been sitting outside for a while after you’ve opened it, it’s had greater opportunity to gather various bacteria and fungal spores and generally being a nice warm pleasant temperature for spore like objects to get it on and subsequently make you sick as a dog when you eat the product of their unholy union.

However, if you put it in the fridge and your fridge is properly chilled, you can probably squeeze a week or two out of it. I’ve gotten about two weeks out of mine but I still do a sniff test after two weeks.

Pretty much the rule of thumb remails – when in doubt, throw it out. Better to waste a couple of bucks in food than to spend a night on or over a porcelain throne in misery.

Sharon asks…

Have hardly any food but no money to buy in dinner?

What can i cook for dinner tonight that will be tasty. I have noodles
cheese (cheshire)
hotdogs (but no buns or sauce)
beans (but no bread or anything like that!)

helllllpp nothing seems to go or spound tasty together.

Jimmy answers:

You have everything you need for a TUNA NOODLE CASSAROLE with MUSHROOMS….

Boil noodles, cook el’ dente then set aside.

In large bowl combine:
1 can drained TUNA
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup milk (or half n half, or sour cream)
1 tsp garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste

Stir in noodles.

Use a greased 9×11 cake pan and pour mixture into pan. Top with more grated cheese and/or crumbled crackers.

Bake for 1/2 hour at 350 degrees.

Voila! Dinner done!

You can serve this with a side dish of pan fried hot dogs (sliced like pennies).

Serves 6.

Mark asks…

Is it okay to put a couple drops of ketchup in my dog’s food?

Sometimes this it the only way to get my Boxer to eat his food. I just put 2 or 3 drops of ketchup in his dry food, but I’m concerned if that will make him sick. Are there other alternatives to get my dog to eat all his food?
I’m currently feeding him Puppy Chow or Beneful.

Jimmy answers:

Ketchup won’t hurt him. I have a cat that loves tomato sauce regardless of what else is in it. She loves it. Begs for it.

You can also mix in 1/2 a can of canned dog food, add a little water, mix it all up into a gravy.

You can cook up some chicken or hamburger & rice & add that to his food.

Pour chicken broth over his food.

Mix a small hand full of kitty food in with his food.

Some of the bigger Feed Stores (not pet stores) that stock large a diversity of pet foods have samples of the different food available. Pick up a few to find a food he will like.

I worked with a couple of dog rescue places & what they used to supplement or to encourage a dog to eat was the chicken or hamburger & rice. It was also used to build up a malnurished dog back to health.

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