20 Nice Backpacking Meal Recipes & Meals Dehydration Suggestions — CleverHiker

Already do plenty of cooking at house? You may favor making ready a complete meal to dry in your meals dehydrator vs. drying and assembling particular person substances as described above. So long as you observe a number of easy guidelines, you’ll be able to whip up and dehydrate nearly 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 nicely. You’ll be able to prepare dinner a giant 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 methodology for busy individuals making ready for a thru-hike).

Guidelines to Observe:

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

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

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

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

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

Suppose “Thick” – You might need 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 include 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 fully dry and brittle. 

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

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

Dehydrating Ready Meals – If you happen to’re brief on time, you too can 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) might be dried into “leather-based” or flakes so as to add to meals.