Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.


The Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers product line includes four freeze-dried, raw recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Stella and Chewy’s Chewy’s Chicken Meal Mixers
  • Stella and Chewy’s Savory Salmon and Cod Meal Mixers
  • Stella and Chewy’s Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers (3 stars)
  • Stella and Chewy’s Stella’s Super Beef Meal Mixers (4 stars)

Stella and Chewy’s Chewy’s Chicken Meal Mixer was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Stella and Chewy's Chewy's Chicken Meal Mixers

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 51% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 12%

Ingredients: Chicken with ground bone, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, pumpkin seed, potassium chloride, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic beets, sodium phosphate monobasic, organic carrots, organic squash, organic apples, organic blueberries, choline chloride, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, taurine, tocopherols (preservative), zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis48%28%NA
Dry Matter Basis51%30%12%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%53%9%
Protein = 38% | Fat = 53% | Carbs = 9%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken with ground bone. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life. The ground bone is an excellent source of natural calcium.

The second ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient is chicken gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The fourth ingredient includes pumpkin seed. Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, linoleic acid — an essential omega-6 fat.

The fifth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The next several items include a series of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables

  • Cranberries
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Beets

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers looks like an above-average raw product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 51%, a fat level of 30% and estimated carbohydrates of about 12%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 32%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 12% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 68%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a freeze-dried, raw product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers is a meat-based, freeze-dried raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

03/15/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials