dehydrating honey / maple syrup
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Dont Wantto
(longhiker) - F
dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/29/2010 21:38:03 MDT Print View

Is it possible to dehydrate honey or maple syrup or something like that in my Nesco dehydrator?

I'm asking so I can have a convenient sweetener (besides sugar) for various shakes I see at trailcooking.com.. some recommend taking a packet of honey along but this isn't convenient on a long hike where I want lots of the stuff.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/29/2010 21:42:47 MDT Print View

Is there a particular reason you don't want/can't have sugar? If it's because you totally dig the taste of honey or maple syrup, then right on man. But there are sugar alternatives you can take!

Edited by T.L. on 06/29/2010 21:43:43 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/29/2010 22:15:15 MDT Print View

I won't say that it can't be done, but I sure don't know how to dehydrate that stuff. I tried honey and molasses and got nothing working. There are molasses powders and all that if it is just flavor that you want.

I gave up and got a box full of Turbinado sugar in packets. That isn't too much different from light brown sugar.

--B.G.--

Dont Wantto
(longhiker) - F
maple syrup on the trail on 06/29/2010 22:21:37 MDT Print View

sugar is just fine with me but it feels like the taste of maple syrup on the trail would be heaven..

i do maple syrup powder from frontier but it comes in 1 lb bags..

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: maple syrup on the trail on 06/30/2010 04:44:45 MDT Print View

Yeah, like Bob, I simply don't know if you could do it.

Just to throw this out there, organic whole cane sugar, unrefined and unbleached, has a much earthier and molasses-like flavor. We have the brand Rapunzel. Something to consider. Good luck with your quest.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/30/2010 14:00:17 MDT Print View

PSSSTTTTT! You can buy both of them in dehydrated form! There is maple sugar that can be turned back into maple syrup, granulated honey, granulated molasses.....

Go check out packitgourmet.com for them. Though the honey you can find it in Asian grocery stores (yet it is US made!) and maple in many natural food stores.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/30/2010 14:08:56 MDT Print View

Ok. Sarah wins.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/30/2010 14:10:15 MDT Print View

Sarah, I think the question was how to do it with a home food dehydrator.

Personally, I find it way too much trouble to mail order what is, in essence, a small bag of flavored sugar.

--B.G.--

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/30/2010 14:12:31 MDT Print View

If I remember right they freeze dry the powders - something we cannot do at home (or at least most of us!)

I love internet shopping I will admit - though I rarely just buy one thing. When I order from PIG I get around $100 or so a time and stock up quarterly. :-)

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Is it worth dehydrating? on 06/30/2010 16:31:08 MDT Print View

Honey is pretty concentrated already, how much more water weight can be removed by dehydrating?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Is it worth dehydrating? on 06/30/2010 16:59:19 MDT Print View

Tohru, this is Backpacking Light!

Grams exist to be removed.

--B.G.--

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Is it worth dehydrating? on 06/30/2010 17:29:30 MDT Print View

The dry isn't messy to say the least ;-)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Is it worth dehydrating? on 06/30/2010 18:17:09 MDT Print View

The only real problem I have with carrying honey or molasses is that it always spills or leaks or gets all over my fingers and clothes.

If I really need to carry molasses or honey for some recipe, I load it into plastic soda straws with the ends taped.

--B.G.--

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
dehydrating honey / maple syrup - Maple Sugar? on 06/30/2010 19:06:47 MDT Print View

Isn't maple sugar essentially dehydrated or freeze-dried maple syrup? You can buy that at specialty cooking stores. Most of it is imported from Canada...

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
dehydrating honey / maple syrup on 06/30/2010 19:20:47 MDT Print View

I haven't tried this, but could you dilute honey/syrup etc in water, and then create crystals along a wick like rock candy ?

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Demerara or Turbinado on 07/01/2010 01:10:46 MDT Print View

"Grams exist to be removed."

Duh, forgot where I was. I'm partial to taking demerara or turbinado sugar, it adds richness to tea...

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Is it worth dehydrating? on 07/01/2010 01:40:39 MDT Print View

> Grams exist to be removed

Unless they are in camera equipment.

Sorry Bob, I couldn't resist :)

Dont Wantto
(longhiker) - F
messy more than heavy on 07/01/2010 12:00:13 MDT Print View

yes it is BPL but I was asking because it is a mess to pack honey / maple syrup in liquid form, esp. for 35 days.

maple sugar sounds interesting.. will look into it.

i did see maple syrup powder online but it was expensive and in a rather large portion and that's what prompted me to ask this question..

anyway, brown sugar and maple sugar both sound good to me..

Michael Crosby
(djjmikie) - MLife

Locale: Ky
HONEY-POWDER on 07/01/2010 12:05:46 MDT Print View

http://www.amazon.com/Stakich-HONEY-POWDER-5-LB/dp/B001LR2CP2

They have smaller bags also. this is soooooo good

Edited by djjmikie on 07/01/2010 12:08:51 MDT.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: messy more than heavy on 07/02/2010 17:11:11 MDT Print View

"anyway, brown sugar and maple sugar both sound good to me.."

They both occupy the same dietary niche, but maple sugar tastes sooooo much better. You really should try and pick some up to test. Be careful, though; it's addictive. There should be some good sources in Michigan, where I grew up and also Vermont, to name a couple of major producers of syrus/sugar. Also Canada.

Oops, I just googled it and it's really pricey, like ~$17/pound. :(