Dehydrated Meals / Hiking Food

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  1. NymPhD

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    So I picked up a second hand food dehydrator a few months back, and with a long bush walk coming up in SW Tasmania, it seemed a good opportunity to give it a try.

    So a couple nights ago I brewed up a batch of bolognese, and put it on, taking care to remove as much moisture from the mince during cooking. It’s taken 2 days, but the result is pretty tasty, and definitely better than the continental packet pastas I’ve taken hiking with me in the past.

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    Anybody know any other good meals/recipes that would work well in one of these machines? Or any other good lightweight and compact meals?
     
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    Chilli is so good dehydrated - I usually buy freeze dried beef and then add things to it. I've heard that home dehydrating mince can make a hard shell around the outside of the meat which can cause it to not rehydrate properly but to be honest I have not tried it. Cheese lasts plenty long in wintertime so quesadillas are great - tortillas and any kind of flatbread is excellent. If you can get single serve peanut butter we love taking those.

    Oh and of course if you're not making jerky in that thing you're doing it wrong!
     
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    OH YEAH BABY. Just about to kick off my run of Jerky!
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    Meat is par freezing and wood "rails" are for slicing to consistent thickneess.
     
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    Interesting, looks decent.

    I find that the store bought dehydrated meals in packets are pretty gross. The ones I've tried, anyway.

    If you're just doing 1 night hikes then your perishable options are many.
     
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    I’ve honestly yet to try jerky, but it would make a good snack to take.

    The mince did have some ver slight chewy-ness to it, but it’s more than tolerable.

    Most of the hikes I’m on are between 3 days and a week though, so this sort of lightweight stuff is very handy.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Some of the heat and eat stuff is brilliant. Had quite a bit on my relatively recent trip hiking the south island of NZ.

    Surprised because thought it would taste like cardboard but was surprisingly tasting.

    Some of the porridge breakfasts were awesome.
     
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  7. xc351

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    ive done mango and mango dipped in yougart (goes like youghart topped muesli bars) quite nice as when magos are on they are on i have a tree that towers over my 2 story house, so ive got a damm good supply
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Fresh supply of mangos? You lucky bugger, I'm incredibly envious.
     
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    Yea it’s good but there is only so many mangoes u can eat. But the bats and fallen mangoes drive me crazy.

    I can pick 50+ a day and take them to work when the kids get overlly excited I generally do this.
     
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    That's the biggest reason why so many people have cut theirs down. We used to have massively more mango trees around twenty years ago, but as you say the rotting fruit are rank, and the bats go nuts over it
     
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    I have a reasonable sized peach tree and never have any problems getting rid of them, so I kind know the feeling.....too much for one family to eat so give them away to work and friends. But usually there's little wastage.
     
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    how long do dehydrated foods last for?
     
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    I would think a very very long time.
     
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    Like "stick it in a plastic bag and into the cupboard" long time?
     
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    That’s my experience of it so far. I would probably think twice about eating any meats over about 6 months old, but some foods would last much longer that that. I used some dehydrated peas from about 16 months ago last week, with no issues.
     
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    Yep, some can be fine for years.
     
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    moderately related, check out Steve1989MREInfo on youtube:



    Fascinating stuff.
     

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