Thanks to this forum and it's members, I purchased a Nesco 75P (?) dehydrator for $45 off Amazon and proceeded to prepare my first backpacking meal.
I watched Tinny's (of minibulldesigns) youtube video on dehydrating a spaghetti dinner and pretty much did the same.
Half a pound of lean ground beef, add Mrs Dash and whatever else I had in my pantry. Some organic spaghetti sauce on a fruit roll up tray. Place in blender once dry to turn it into powder. A couple of handfulls of whole wheat sphaghetti broken in half, placed in a ziploc bag (no bears where I was going) and I was good to go.
I made a reflectix (used car windshield reflector) cozy for my Snowpeak 900 pot. Water, dehydrated ground beef, spaghetti in pot, boil, put in cozy, 15 min. later, add dehydrated sauce powder (like KD), stir for a bit... a pretty decent dinner.
I was impressed at how well the ground beef rehydrated. The prep time was almost zero.
Way better than the mountain house dinners I had my last outing. I look forward to seeing what I can do with a little more effort. I'm going to give a hearty Irish stew a shot. I'm guessing I'll have to cut the beef and potatoes into much smaller chunks/slices.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.