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Grocery Pup Dog Food Review

Dog Food December 31, 2019
Grocery Pup Dog Food Review
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Grocery Pup Dog Food Review

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Grocery Pup Dog Food Review

Grocery Pup meals are made with fresh, whole food, human-grade, non-GMO ingredients in a USDA certified kitchen. What makes this fresh delivery service different from all the rest is the way the food is prepared.

Grocery Pup utilizes sous vide, an immensely popular cooking method that locks in the nutrients of the whole food ingredients instead of traditional cooking methods where nutrients are lost.

Grocery Pup also allows you to purchase recipes individually without a subscription which is not being done by many of their competitors.

In this article we tested and reviewed the three recipes offered currently by Grocery Pup.

Quick Summary

They do offer very competitive pricing when compared to other delivery services. Because of this and the quality of the food, I do recommend Grocery Pup. My own dog enjoyed every recipe and seemed to look forward to the next meal.

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How We Tested:

  • We purchased 3 of the Grocery Pup Dog Food recipes
  • We spent weeks testing the food on several dogs
  • We did not receive these products in exchange for a favorable review, and they were purchased with our own money
How Grocery Pup Ranks
Grocery Pup Dog Food
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Overall Score
Pros
  • Meals are pre-portioned and in patties
  • Flexible subscription options
  • Price low side compared to other fresh dog foods
Cons
  • Price on the high side as compared to dry dog foods
  • Packaging is not easy to open
  • Profile does not ask about health issues or body type
Pros
  • Meals are pre-portioned and in patties
  • Flexible subscription options
  • Price low side compared to other fresh dog foods
Cons
  • Price on the high side as compared to dry dog foods
  • Packaging is not easy to open
  • Profile does not ask about health issues or body type
Ingredients
Pricing
Customization
Quality
Customer Reviews
Recall History
Recipe Variety

Quick Picks (Flavors)

Grocery Pup Texas Beef Stew Recipe : This is made Ground Beef, Beef Liver, Green Peas, Tomatoes, Russet Potatoes, Carrots, Vitamins and Minerals.

Grocery Pup Turkey Pawella Recipe: This turkey recipe has Ground Turkey, Turkey Liver, Tomatoes, Carrots, Green Peas, and Rice as well as Vitamins and Minerals.

Grocery Pup Porky’s Luau Recipe: This recipe is made with Ground Pork, Pork Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Pineapple, Vitamins and Minerals.

About

Grocery Pup is an Austin, Texas company that provides fresh dog food that is as close to homemade as it gets. Ruth Stedman and her husband started the company after they got a new puppy, and wanted to feed her an unprocessed diet. However, the only unprocessed food available was raw dog food that their dog did not like.Not wanting to give her canned or kibble dog food, they created Grocery Pup.

Grocery Pup meals are cooked sous-vide method that locks in nutrients, taste, and texture of its meats and whole vegetables and fruits.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Grocery Pup’s states suppliers must provide proof of food origins, screening, handling, cleaning and more. Their website also claims if suppliers don’t meet their standards, they will not use their product.

Grocery Pup dog food is made in a USDA human food kitchen in Texas. This guarantees the food is made with the same rigorous safety standards as human food. All of the ingredients are human-grade, non-GMO, and pesticide free. They do work with a vet nutritionist to build recipes that are formulated and tested to exceed AAFCO standards.

Grocery Pup is unique because of their cooking method, sous vide, which involves placing food in a BPA-free plastic bag, submerging it in temperature controlled water, and cooking it up to 160F. The benefits of this cooking method is that it destroys any pathogens and harmful bacteria while also reserving more of the nutrients and flavor that are often cooked off at higher temperatures.

How Does Grocery Pup Work?

Grocery Pup is different from their competitors because they offer their food a la carte, meaning you can try it before signing up for a subscription. What is also different is how few questions they ask about your dog before choosing a meal plan. Basically you choose your dogs weight and size and you are in the food selection menu.

Grocery Pup Dog Food Review

Of course the cost of Grocery Pup’s meals will depend on your dog’s size and how much food they need. You can choose to give your dog the 3 flavor choices or choose from chicken, beef and pork flavors. They also offer a sampler pack with all three flavors that is a one time charge or partial meal packs.

You will receive a confirmation email once your account is set up and again when your order ships. The meal plan you select will arrive in frozen in pre-portioned plastic sacks that hold 3 smaller patty packs. The box is packed with dry ice and in an insulated liner to keep the food very cold. You will receive an instruction booklet that will explain how much food to mix in with your dogs current foos as well as how much your dog needs per meal.

Grocery Pup Dog Food Review

If you sign up for a subscription plan the Grocery Pup will send your next order out in two weeks. You can always pause or skip an order if you will be away. They do guarantee your dog will like the food and if not will refund your money.

Unboxing

I received 3 packages of food, which included all three recipes and and each package has 3 smaller packs inside. The food was very much frozen and came with a brochure and instruction paper.

Each package of food is a pound and depending on the size of your dog can be sectioned per meal. Because of this serving method you will want to keep several pouches thawed in the refrigerator. Additional pouches can be frozen and thawed at a later time, but if you remove them from the labeled bags you may not know what flavor you are serving.

Grocery Pup Dog Food ReviewCompared to other fresh dog food delivery services, Grocery Pup is no frills. Its a box with food and instructions, nothing more and nothing less. However I did opt to try the sampler pack and maybe subscription holders get more perks.

Analysis/Review

Grocery Pup Texas Beef Stew Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Crude Protein (Min): 12.16%
  • Crude Fat (Min): 6.52%
  • Crude Fiber (Max): 1.1%
  • Moisture (Max): 72.6%

Ingredients

Ground Beef, Beef Liver, Green Peas, Tomatoes, Russet Potatoes, Carrots, Non-GMO Canola Oil, MonocaIcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Salt, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Tryptophan, Zinc Oxide, Selenium, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamins D3 and E.


We are starting with the beef recipe for this review. This recipe uses beef ingredients including ground beef, and beef liver. Out of the 3 recipes Grocery Pup offers, this one is the highest in fat. However, a high fat content can help with healthy skin and coats.

The carbohydrate ingredients in this recipe are green peas, tomatoes, russet potatoes, and carrots.

Green peas are are a good source of vitamins, including A, K, and the B vitamins as well as minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. They are also rich in protein and high in fiber. Peas also contain lutein, an anti-oxidant good for skin, heart, and eye health

Tomatoes, when ripe and cooked,  have lots of soluble and insoluble fiber which helps to support healthy digestion and maintain your dog’s steady blood sugar levels.

Russet potatoes, when cooked, contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and many other nutrients that dogs need

Carrots and are high in complex carbohydrates and rich in B vitamins, fiber and other essential nutrients.

Grocery Pup Turkey Pawella Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Crude Protein (Min): 12.32%
  • Crude Fat (Min): 5.86%
  • Crude Fiber (Max): 0.5%
  • Moisture (Max): 72.8%

Ingredients

Ground Turkey, Turkey Liver, Tomatoes, Carrots, Green Peas, Rice, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Salt, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Tryptophan, Zinc Oxide, Selenium, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamins D3 and E.


The protein in this recipe is sourced from ground turkey and turkey liver making it rich in ten essential amino acids required for a dog to sustain life.

The recipe also includes a mix of tomatoes, carrots, green peas, and rice which provides a modest sum of carbohydrates and fiber.

Tomatoes, when ripe and cooked, have lots of soluble and insoluble fiber which helps to support healthy digestion and maintain your dog’s steady blood sugar levels.

Carrots and are high in complex carbohydrates and rich in B vitamins, fiber and other essential nutrients.

Green peas are are a good source of vitamins, including A, K, and the B vitamins as well as minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. They are also rich in protein and high in fiber. Peas also contain lutein, an anti-oxidant good for skin, heart, and eye health.

Rice is a grain that it’s easy to digest, and low in fiber. Rice helps to bind the stool in cases of diarrhea.

Grocery Pup Porky's Luau Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Crude Protein (Min): 19.81%
  • Crude Fat (Min): 5.24%
  • Crude Fiber (Max): 0.6%
  • Moisture (Max): 65.4%

Ingredients

Ground Pork, Pork Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Pineapple, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Salt, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Tryptophan, Zinc Oxide, Selenium, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamins D3 and E.


 

This Pork recipe has a high protein content level like the beef recipe. Protein comes from ground pork and is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog for a healthy life. Pork liver is also listed second and is a good source of fat and vitamin A.

The next group of ingredients are sweet potato, pineapple, and green beans. Sweet potato is naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

Pineapple is high in vitamin C, along with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate. It is a nutrient-dense food and plays an important role in your dog’s immune system and digestive health.

Green beans are healthy vegetables that are a great source of fiber, vitamins K, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and folate. They can be beneficial for your dog’s vision, blood, liver, muscles, immune system, among other things.

Taste Test

Sampson tried all three flavors of Grocery Pup dog foods on a rotation over the course of a week. Here is what the enclosed paper recommends when starting your dog on Grocery Pup:

  • Days 1-2: Serve 25% of Grocery Pup mixed in with 75% of old food
  • Days 3-4: Serve 50% of Grocery Pup mixed in with 50% of old food
  • Days 5-6: Serve 75% of Grocery Pup mixed in with 25% of old food
  • Days 7+: Time for 100% Grocery Pup

I started him out with a quarter of a patty as recommended in the paperwork and gradually added more every other day. The patties are packaged in vacuum sealed bags and can easily be defrosted in water at least 30 minutes before serving. Once opened, the patties can be stored in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

Grocery Pup Dog Food Review

My dog devoured this food in minutes no matter which recipe he was eating. He didn’t seem to have a preference between the beef, pork or chicken and could hardly control himself when he saw me opening the packages.

The Downside of Grocery Pup

Grocery Pup is a fresh dog food delivery service and it may cost you about $122 every two weeks for a 50 pound dog. This is quite a bit more money than a bag of kibble, but much better food for your pup. However, they are competitively priced when compared to other similar companies.

Grocery Pup Monthly Cost Comparison

DOG FOOD BRANDDOG SIZEMONTHLY COST
Grocery Pup45 to 55 Pounds$ 145.00 to $ 300.00
The Farmers Dog50 to 65 Pounds$ 205.00 to $ 240.00
Nom Nom Now50 To 80 Pounds$ 224.00 to $ 280.00
Ollie45 To 75 Pounds$ 210.00 to $ 260.00
Pet Plate50 To 65 Pounds$ 180.00 to $ 224.00
Grocery Pup50 To 65 Pounds$ 260.00 to $ 280.00
Spot and Tango50 to 60 Pounds$ 252.00 to $ 275.00

Grocery Pup does only offer 3 recipes currently, which is less than many of its competitors. Because it is fresh food, it must be refrigerated and this can be problematic if you need to travel with your dog.

Another thing Grocery Pup could improve upon is packaging. The packages are not easy to open and will require scissors. Those scissors will definitely be covered in dog food by the time you get it into the bowl. This makes for a messy feeding process.

Grocery Pup’s Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Here are some common questions people are asking about Grocery Pup’s Food.

How Much Does Grocery Pup Dog Cost?

Grocery Pup offers a sampler pack, which includes three 3-pound bags, each of which will be of their three flavors, Turkey Pawella, Bitchin’ Beef Stew, and Poky’s Luau that will cost you $89.97.

For dogs less than 9 lbs., each pound of dog food is around $9.58 per pound, which equals to $14.38 per week for the Full Plan and $7.18 per week for the 1/2 Plan. For Medium to Large dogs, or around 36-42 pounds you can expect to start at around $42.29 a week, every 2 weeks.

What if my dog doesn’t like Grocery Pup food?

If for any reason your dog does not enjoy Grocery Pup they will issue you a full refund. Just message them at [email protected]

Is Grocery Pup Dog Food grain free?

Grocery Pup does include rice in the Turkey Pawella recipe, making it not grain free. The beef and chicken recipes appear to be grain free.

Does Grocery Pup dog food need to be refrigerated?

The vacuum-sealed patties are good in the refrigerator unopened for 14 days. Once opened, food is good for up to 7 days. We recommend storing the food in a Tupperware container to preserve freshness once opened.

Any additional food that you don’t think you’ll use within 1-2 weeks, you can store in the freezer.

Conclusion

Grocery Pup is a great fresh dog food delivery service because it does offer options for dog owners who do not want to be locked into a subscription. Besides that, they do offer very competitive pricing when compared to other delivery services. Because of this and the quality of the food,

I do recommend Grocery Pup. My own dog enjoyed every recipe and seemed to look forward to the next meal. My biggest complaint is the inconvenient packaging.

FIY, you can get 30% Off your Pup’s 1st Meal Delivery with code FRESH30 when you subscribe at Grocery Pup!

Amy

Amy Brown is a lifelong animal enthusiast who enjoys writing about dogs and rescuing them. She writes for various pet related websites, including her own, CatMania.net.
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