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 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!