DEHYDRATING AND STORING FOODS FOR WILDERNESS ADVENTURES
- Chop meats and vegetables into very small pieces. This will ensure the meal will dehydrate and later hydrate more quickly and thoroughly.
- Remove fat from meat prior to cooking. Rinse ground beef with water in a strainer before adding wet ingredients during the cooking process. Removing fat helps prevent dehydrated meals from quickly going rancid. Store these dehydrated foods in the freezer for food safety reasons.
- If there are no instructions for soups and stews containing meat, follow the instructions for meat.
- Read and follow the dehydrator manufacturer's instructions.
- Do not package moist foods. Food must be fully dried for food safety reasons.
- Packaging in vacuum sealed bags (I use a Food Saver system) helps preserve dehydrated meals.
- Moisture, air, and light will degrade your dehydrated food. Storing the dehydrated meals in the freezer helps preserve dehydrated meals.
- Always follow safe and hygienic cooking practices.
- Label and date your packages.
|Prepared meat sauce before dehydration.|
|Dehydrated meat sauce.|
|Spaghetti before dehydration.|
|Vacuum sealed meat sauce.|
|Vacuum sealed pasta.|