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MYOF....

Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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....

Post by 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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Post by 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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Re: MYOF....

Post by petemaz » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:38 pm

I've been reading this thread with interest as I'm going to attempt some food dehydrating for future trips, starting probably with something simple like Mac n cheese. Can I ask what pour and store bags folks use for storing the food, then adding boiling water to rehydrate? I'm wondering if the big standard food bags are up to the job or if more substantial bags are needed? Thanks

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Post by middleagedmadness » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:51 pm

I just get mine out of home bargains (tight fisted I am) think they are about 80p for 8 ,they have a different feel to the standard food bags and also a flat bottom with markings up the side ,the hot water dosent have a effect on the plastic

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Re: MYOF....

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:54 pm

Word of warning ... DON'T use standard freezer bags, the scolding just isn't worth the weight saving. It's like juggling f*ckin lava :-bd
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Re: MYOF....

Post by techno mail » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:30 pm

middleagedmadness wrote:I just get mine out of home bargains (tight fisted I am) think they are about 80p for 8 ,they have a different feel to the standard food bags and also a flat bottom with markings up the side ,the hot water dosent have a effect on the plastic
Tip-n-Zips! :-bd
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Post by petemaz » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:55 pm

middleagedmadness wrote:I just get mine out of home bargains (tight fisted I am) think they are about 80p for 8 ,they have a different feel to the standard food bags and also a flat bottom with markings up the side ,the hot water dosent have a effect on the plastic
Home Bargains it is, thanks!

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Re: MYOF....

Post by petemaz » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:56 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:Word of warning ... DON'T use standard freezer bags, the scolding just isn't worth the weight saving. It's like juggling f*ckin lava :-bd
Lol, I'll bear that in mind! Thanks!

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Re: MYOF....

Post by lune ranger » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:17 pm

I've been rehydrating in a pot with a cozy. Messier than a bag but less waste and no leaks.

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Re: MYOF....

Post by middleagedmadness » Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:06 pm

techno mail wrote: Tip-n-Zips! :-bd
Thems the ones

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