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MYOF....

Postby lune ranger » Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:59 pm

It's harvest time here on the ranch and we're busy preserving our bounty. This year Mrs Ranger has invested in a dehydrator and this has got me thinking about making my own dehydrated meals for bikepacking trips.
A quick internet trawl has thrown up a load of resources and I've got some mash in the dehydrator as I write.
Do any of you make your own food so to speak? Any hints or tips?
I've been making power bars and energy drinks for a while now and this seems the logical progression.
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Re: MYOF....

Postby ianfitz » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:16 pm

I do. use the oven on a very low setting as don't have a dehydrator.

Tips would be:

Weigh before and after - this is hove much boiling water you'll need to add

I've stuck to sloppy meals like daal and stews. chop things smaller than you would for regular eating.

I've also tended to add extra flavour, spices etc compared to what I would usually as read that the dehydration process can knock flavour back a bit.

No idea if thats the case as have never done a side-by-side trial. But the things I've made were tasty enough :-bd

ALthough dry food should last well I have always frozen mine, portioned up, in pour and store bags. That way its ready to use and I know its 'fresh'
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Re: MYOF....

Postby benp1 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:30 am

I bought a dehydrator (last year I think) but have only used it for a bit of fruit. Gave it to my dad to try and he still hasn't used it

Had always planned to use it when the trees give a whole load of fruit but just haven't got round to it!
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Re: MYOF....

Postby lune ranger » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:41 pm

ianfitz wrote:
Tips would be:

Weigh before and after - this is hove much boiling water you'll need to


That's great. Obvious when you think about it.
I've played around with a couple of things but the dehydrator is running constantly with the harvest at present.
Pretty excited though.
Do you use a pot cozy for cooking?
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Re: MYOF....

Postby ianfitz » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:47 pm

lune ranger wrote:
ianfitz wrote:
Tips would be:

Weigh before and after - this is hove much boiling water you'll need to


That's great. Obvious when you think about it.
I've played around with a couple of things but the dehydrator is running constantly with the harvest at present.
Pretty excited though.
Do you use a pot cozy for cooking?


It is one of those easy-when-you-know-the-answer things :-bd

pot cosy. Yes, initially made one out of reflectix but more recently hat/jacket/quilt.
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