I’ve managed to convince myself that there’s always a better, more healthy food I should be feeding my pets. It’s led me (or should I say, my animals) to try a wide variety of brands and types of foods. Lately I’ve been interested in what’s labeled as human-grade food. Those are meals made from ingredients that are held to the same quality standards as the food we eat. My last foray into the world of human-grade pet foods was The Honest Kitchen’s dehydrated fare. Milo ate it, but he wasn’t chomping at the bit so I keep exploring the ever expanding world of “fresh” and healthy pet foods.
Brooklyn-based Evermore contacted me a while back and asked if Milo wanted to give their gently cooked foods a try and we thought, why not?
Evermore was started by friends Alison Wiener and Hanna Mandelbaum in 2009 with the goal of making a healthy dog food that’s good enough for bipeds to chow down on. In fact, Wiener and Mandelbaum both ate one Evermore meal a day for a month last in March 2011 in an attempt to promote their new company. Their two meals — a chicken and a beef recipe — include ingredients such as humanely-raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, organic oats and barley, and local produce that are gently cooked in order to preserve nutrients and then frozen and shipped to customers on dry ice.
Milo got a chance to try both flavors and I have to say he was much more eager to gobble up these thawed meals than The Honest Kitchen’s rehydrated dishes. Obviously I had to give these two recipes a try myself to see if human-grade translatesd to tasty. Well… I admire Alison and Hanna for noshing on this for an entire month! Not my cup of… well, you know.
Now for what may be a deal breaker for many pet owners. Evermore isn’t cheap. Each 1 lb. box, which contains about 2 cups of food, costs $11.25 (and that’s not including the 2-day shipping to get your frozen food to your door before it thaws if you live on the west coast). That single box provided four meals for my 17 pound dog, which means Milo’s grub cost close to $3 a serving. Not much if you consider the food is as fresh as you can get without cooking it yourself, but costs can get up there if you plan to feed Evermore at every meal. I love my dog, I really do, but I just can’t financially love him that much.
To stretch out Evermore’s meals you can use it as a mixer with kibble, but you’ll still be paying way more than what you would pay for a traditional (and still healthy) dog food. I think of it as the treat yoself option for my pup, reserved for special occasions.
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