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James Anderson
(jimmatime) - F
Dehydrating food, what to do on 12/19/2011 12:45:25 MST Print View

I am going to buy a dehydrator so I can make my own pre-packaged meals. I figure it would save a lot of money and also a good amount of weight on my back. Does anyone know some good recipes and any food tips for doing so. Also will meat spoil in due time? I am planning on a 3 week backpacking trip in a hot, moist environment and wondering If I need to worry about dehydrated chicken and beef getting raunchy on me. Any experience, recipes or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Dehydrating food, what to do on 12/19/2011 12:57:49 MST Print View

James Anderson
(jimmatime) - F
Re: Dehydrating food, what to do on 12/19/2011 13:08:20 MST Print View

wow great website. I think this answers all my questions, mahalo!

Steve Gaioni
(sgaioni) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
dehydrate and vacuum seal on 12/19/2011 13:29:38 MST Print View

If your concerned about warm, moist environments, consider vacuum sealing your dehydrated meals as an extra protective measure. Doing so will also reduce the amount of bulk a meal occupies and you can cook in the vaccum seal bags. Be aware that sometimes your dehydrated food may "poke" through the bag...particularly noodles.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: dehydrate and vacuum seal on 12/19/2011 16:10:37 MST Print View

How humid? South America? Florida? ;-) Food vaccing will help - a lot. So will adding oxygen absorbers, sells them - buy some, you won't regret it.

A good trick for meals with sharp sides (noodles, rice, etc) is to line the food vac bag with a clean white paper towel first, then drop the food in. The towel will blunt the edges. Just remove when you go to add hot water of course (and hey, you get a paper towel for dinner as well for cleanup!)

With all dehydrating storage in the freezer till trip time will buy you the longest storage time. And if you are worried about meat, consider carrying the extra weight and taking the shelf stable foil pouches instead. They have shelf lifes of 2-3 years and work well.

(And yes, Trail cooking is me!)

Paul Mountford
(Sparticus) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic Canada
Re: Dehydrating food, what to do on 12/19/2011 17:14:31 MST Print View

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Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
dehydrating food on 12/21/2011 10:14:36 MST Print View

James... here is a copy of an article I did for the Washington Trails Association a few years back.

How to Do it - Dehydrating Food

I also go over quite a lot of technique in both my books so feel free to ask me any specific questions and I'll be happy to help.