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Food Dehydrator

Postby krudler » Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:08 pm

I am stoked to say that for my b-day my wife got me a Snackmaster Express food dehydrator (and also a FoodSaver home vacuum packing system!). I am hoping to add more flavor/variety/overall better food to my backpacking (mis)adventures.

Does anyone have any experience with this product? Or thoughts/tips about making your own dehydrato-backpacking meals in general? I'm hoping to get it to a place where I can make up stuff, mix it together in the bag, vacuum seal it, and then just add hot water to that out on the trail/in camp (like a $6 bag of food from REI) and voila! tastier meal.

Can you dehydrate scrambled eggs? :)
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Postby ERIC » Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:16 pm

Snackmaster! Wow... I know nothing about their dehydrators, but their grilled cheese sandwich makers are the bee's knees! Great memories. Hadn't thought about our Snackmaster since my college days. Think I might even still have that thing somewhere tucked away in storage. I'll have to pull it out! Thanks, krudler!

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Postby copeg » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:00 pm

I've had a Nesco snackmaster for about 6 months now. Haven't used it as much as I would have liked. It makes great jerky. One tip (a general dehydrating tip) is to try to avoid mixing too many types of things. The odors do leak from one food into another - if I had the time I'd dehydrate only 1 thing at a time to avoid this. A good site if you haven't seen it is freezerbagcooking.com. I tried eggs with my old dehydrator (which didn't have a thermostat) and didn't like them. But that may have been because of the dehydrator and I dehydrated them with other things which may have tainted them.
Have fun with the new dehydrator!
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Postby StumbleBum » Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:51 pm

I don't have that specifc dehydrator, but I do use a dehydrator:
- jerky
- dried fruit - especially bananas. Slice fairly thin and dehydrate until they will snap.
- super-dehydrate store bought dried fruit (apricots, prunes) ... for my taste, the stuff from the store is way too 'wet'.
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Re: Food Dehydrator

Postby caddis » Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:57 pm

krudler wrote: Does anyone have any experience with this product? Or thoughts/tips about making your own dehydrato-backpacking meals in general?


This is another backpacking forum that has a "food" forum and I'm positive you will get good ideas from it.

http://www.backpacking.net/bbs.html

also here, for some "just add water" ideas:

http://www.freezerbagcooking.com/
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