20 Nice Backpacking Meal Recipes & Meals Dehydration Ideas — CleverHiker

Already do a whole lot of cooking at dwelling? You may desire getting ready a complete meal to dry in your meals dehydrator vs. drying and assembling particular person elements as described above. So long as you observe a couple of easy guidelines, you possibly can whip up and dehydrate virtually any of your favourite thick soups, stews, and sauces safely and make them into light-weight, adventure-ready meals.

Beneath are some examples of hearty, scrumptious recipes that dehydrate/rehydrate effectively. You may prepare dinner an enormous batch within the night to eat for dinner, load the remainder within the dehydrator to dry in a single day, and weigh out/package deal the dried meal in single servings for the path the next day. Repeat. (This is a superb technique for busy folks getting ready for a thru-hike).

Guidelines to Observe:

  • Use solely trimmed, lean meats (no sausage, bacon, and so forth.)

  • Hen ought to be very gentle (canned, pressure-cooked and finely shredded)

  • Use low sodium broths, tomato sauce, salsa, and so forth. (sauces turn out to be concentrated)

  • No dairy (not appropriate for long-term storage)

Keep in mind: Butter, oil, toppings, and condiments could be packaged with the meal and added on the path to return fats, improve taste, and add texture.

Suppose “Thick” – It’s possible you’ll wish to use much less water or broth than standard in recipes, add cornstarch, or scale back (prepare dinner on low for a very long time) soups and stews to thicken them earlier than dehydrating. Partially mix soups that comprise starchy greens like squash and potatoes with a meals processor to assist thicken them up and make them dehydrator-friendly.


  1. Unfold thick soups, stews, and sauces evenly on non-stick tray liners

  2. Dehydrate at 145°F for 4–8 hours or till utterly dry and brittle. 

  3. Flip the “leather-based” over half method by means of the drying course of and blot extra oil as wanted. 

  4. Vacuum-seal and freeze meals that gained’t be used promptly, simply to be protected.

Dehydrating Ready Meals – For those who’re brief on time, you may as well dehydrate ready or canned meals like chili or beef stew, although they are usually fairly salty and filled with preservatives. Tomato sauce, salsa, and even Sriracha (a preferred chili sauce) could be dried into “leather-based” or flakes so as to add to meals.