How to Dehydrate Food for Camping

How to Dehydrate Food for Camping
Dehydrated foods, such as fruits and vegetables, have most of the moisture removed from them using heated, dry air to create a low moisture environment. Dehydrated foods are useful for camping and hiking because they are lighter and less likely to rot or spoil than other foods. Most sporting goods stores and grocery stores sell dehydrated foods, but are usually expensive. Dehydrating your own foods is much cheaper.


Difficulty: Easy

Dehydrating Foods

Things You’ll Need:
  • Food of your choice
  • Knife
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dehydrator
Step 1
Choose the food you are going to dry. You can dry almost any kind of fruits and vegetables, but especially good options are green beans, apples, apricots, bananas, mangos and potatoes.
Step 2
Slice your food into thin slices. Fruits and vegetables should be sliced to about ¼ inch thick or smaller. Berries do not need slicing.
Step 3
Pretreat sliced fruits with lemon juice to prevent darkening during the drying process. Place the fruit in a bowl of lemon juice and soak for 5 minutes.
Step 4
Place your food on a dehydrator tray. Keep each piece spread apart just enough so air can pass between them. This will aid in the drying process.
Step 5
Dehydrate fruits at 135 degrees and vegetables at 130 degrees. Vegetables should be dehydrated until crisp, and fruits should be dehydrated until crisp or slightly leathery. Drying times will vary between five to 18 hours. Check every few hours to see how the food is drying and estimate when they will be done.
Step 6
Store your dehydrated food in a cool, dark place. Seal in airtight plastic bags or canning jars. When you need the food for your camping or hiking trip, take them out and put them in a sack or bag.
Step 7
To refresh or rehydrate dehydrated foods, add enough hot water to cover the food and let them soak until they have regained their proper texture.

Tips & Warnings

You can season your vegetables while they dehydrate or right after they finished. For fruit, try sprinkling small amounts of sugar to lightly coat right after drying.
Do not leave a dehydrator unattended for long periods of time since this can damage your unit or personal property.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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