If you’re looking to save some money on backpacking food, or just eat better, dehydrating your own backpacking food is a fun way to enhance your hiking diet. Preserving food and getting it to a lighter pack weight is not a new idea, but we have become more and more reliant on prepackaged commercial goods that have high sodium content, added preservatives, lost nutritional value, and a high price tag to meet our backcountry needs.
In this presentation, Appalachian Mountain Club co-leader Kellie Connelly covers the basics of food dehydration, necessary equipment, suitable foods, shortcuts, and some recipes that you can use to start creating your own backcountry meals, including:
- Homemade Beef Jerky
- Meatless Pemmican
- Oatmeal with Granola
- Spaghetti with Sauce
- Mac and Cheese
- Beef Stew
Kellie has been developing her own selection of dehydrated meals, snacks, granola and beef jerky over the last six years; which have been successfully field tested as the group meals or snacks when she is co-leading AMC Hiking/Backpacking trips. She has also used her dehydration techniques to put together well balanced meals for long excursions backpacks on the AT 100-mile Wilderness and Kootenay’s Rockwall.
They say that armies march on their bellies and it’s no wonder that backpackers do to!
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