There's so many different things that usually go into a typical treat to make them shelf stable. In addition to what process is used to preserve them, what is the production size, and how far removed is the distribution. There are so many different layers that each treat could have moved through.
It just may be treats you see on a shelf or order online were made one or two years ago. To keep it shelf stable, preservatives and other ingredients are added that wouldn't otherwise be necessary. Allowing those treats to be sold through various avenues and distribution with less of a concern on spoilage.
What we're doing is different. We wanted to make it small batch. We wanted to preserve the freshness. We wanted only the ingredients that matter. So when it gets to our consumers, it's peak freshness.
We decided on the process of freeze drying each treat, which basically harnesses and locks in all those nutrients while making it shelf stable. Each jar we sell is air tight with an added oxygen absorber to remove any leftover oxygen, which is what can lead to spoilage and nutrient loss. Our way can almost guarantee they will last 20+ years if they were to remain sealed and stored properly in a cool, dark environment.
Just one ingredient. Processed, cut and packaged by hand, in house. Just one of the many things that makes Chowdees different.