Using a Food Dehydrator to Make Healthy Meals for Camping

Using a Food Dehydrator to Make Healthy Meals for Camping
Healthy meals for camping are essential to providing the nutrition and level of energy necessary to enjoy the many outdoor activities possible during your stay. Because storing food in coolers on ice is not always possible for one reason or another, using a food dehydrator to make healthy meals for camping has become the choice of many experienced outdoor enthusiasts. Using a food dehydrator, you can prepare a variety of foods for camping with no need for refrigeration. Combine different dehydrated fruits, vegetables and meats to prepare a multitude of meal combinations.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Food dehydrator machine Fresh fruit (blueberries, apple, coconut, pineapple, strawberries) Fresh vegetables (peas, celery, carrots, mushrooms) Fresh beef Fresh fish Rice Worcestershire or teriyaki sauce Water Knife Salt Pepper Beef bouillon Curry powder Herbs and spices Pot with lid Cooking fire
  • Food dehydrator machine
  • Fresh fruit (blueberries, apple, coconut, pineapple, strawberries)
  • Fresh vegetables (peas, celery, carrots, mushrooms)
  • Fresh beef
  • Fresh fish
  • Rice
  • Worcestershire or teriyaki sauce
  • Water
  • Knife
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Beef bouillon
  • Curry powder
  • Herbs and spices
  • Pot with lid
  • Cooking fire
 
Step 1
Select and wash under tap water and pat dry the variety of fruits and vegetables you wish to dehydrate to make meals for camping. Slice them in one-quarter-inch thick slices, keeping them separated by type. Place the sliced food on to the trays of the food dehydrator, separating them in different trays by type. Turn the dehydrator on and begin drying the food, checking frequently and removing the trays of food as it dries. Repeat this step for meats such as beef and fish.
Step 2
Rehydrate the food for recipe use by placing the dried, sliced pieces in a bowl with boiling water and allowing it to soak for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft. Use the soak water when cooking the meal with the rehydrated food.
Step 3
Combine dehydrated peas, carrots, celery, mushrooms and beef with beef bouillon and water to create a hearty beef stew. Put the dehydrated food and bouillon into a pot and add enough water to cover the food by one inch. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until soft. Dried beans and lentils can be purchased and soaked over night while camping and then added to your prepared vegetables and cooked.
Step 4
Prepare jerky before camping by slicing beef steak in one-eighth-inch thick slices and marinating overnight in Worcestershire sauce and cracked black pepper or teriyaki sauce. Lay meat slices flat on the food dehydrator and dehydrate, checking frequently to avoid over drying. Jerky also can be used as described in Step 3 to create soups and stews with a much more flavorful meat.
Step 5
Toast one cup of rice in a pot with a pinch of curry powder until the rice is slightly browned. Combine with dehydrated fish, dehydrated coconut, two cups of water and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 20 minutes to create curried rice with fish.
Step 6
Combine dehydrated strawberries, blueberries, apple, coconut and pineapple with granola and nuts to create a nutritious breakfast cereal that can be eaten dry or with prepared powdered milk.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
The foods mentioned here are examples; experiment with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and meats to find the foods that make the best options for dehydrating. Dehydrated vegetables and meats can be rehydrated and incorporated into just about every meal for an additional protein and nutrient boost.

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