Essentially, we try to eat whole, unprocessed foods. If it is processed, we will only eat it if we know and can pronounce the names of all the ingredients. We have managed, over time, to find ways to avoid unhealthy ingredients. We spend lots of time reading labels in the grocery store to make sure we are avoiding:
When preparing for backpacking trips, we have compared the ingredients of multiple brands. We have found that some are much better than others.
You can see which brand is our FAVORITE in the “Dehydrated Food Breakdown” post here!
The dehydrator is much easier to use than I ever thought it would be. At first, I was hesitant and played it safe--only dehydrating fruits and making fruit leathers. I knew I couldn't really go wrong or make myself sick on the trail with fruit.
Once I found some recipes and recipe books, I learned that you really can’t over-dehydrate something, so now I’m always thinking, “How can this be dehydrated?”
Here are my top 3 lessons for beginner dehydrated food preppers:
3) Think Ahead
2) Parchment paper is your best friend
Before I received my dehydrator, I dried a lot of things in the oven. Every time, I would use parchment paper to keep my food off the cooking sheet. For some reason, it took me a while to consider using parchment paper in my dehydrator.
I learned my lesson when I attempted to dehydrate some basil and parsley, and the majority of it fell through the racks and onto my fruit roll ups on the bottom!
1) Separate meats and fruits.
Take time to plan out your dehydrating schedule based on how many shelves you have, every item you need to dehydrate, and how long each will take to dehydrate. You do not want to end up with spicy-flavored apple slices for breakfast on the trail; I promise.
I have discovered some of my backpacking meals are easier, more nutritious, and way more delicious than some of the store-bought packages. My friend Doug even said that my dehydrated breakfast tacos were better than the four days of dehydrated meals he had eaten!
Here are my favorite recipes to date:
Trail Tacos from Camp Kitchen
(Find the recipe, here)
Pasta Primavera from Fresh Off The Grid
(Find the recipe, here)
Couscous with Vegetables
(Recipe found on Reddit)
Fruit Roll Ups aka "Fruit Leathers"
Recipe from Lip Smacking' Backpacking
There you have it. Lessons, recipes, and all the gear you need to make the healthiest dehydrated meals possible.
I will continue to update this post as I find new, easy, and healthy backpacking meals that I enjoy. I cannot wait to hit the trail and try out some new recipes!
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