Easy Dried Camping Food

Easy Dried Camping Food

When you think camping you often think “what’s an easy camping food I can take along?” It can differ somewhat depending on the type of camping you’re doing, but generally if you’re doing anything other than RV camping then dried foods are the best and easiest to take with you.

Naturally when you’re camping out of your RV you pretty much have the creature comforts of home and don’t really require too much effort  to be put into your food planning. You have a fridge and stove and don’t really need to consider what may be the easiest food to prepare.

On the other hand, if you’re camping out of a tent and and are trying to set up your meal plan  then dried foods are your best choice. I usually take along a few packs of Lipton Sidekicks or Rice dishes. The beauty of taking food like this along is that it doesn’t require you to be lugging around a giant cooler to keep it all cool and fresh. Secondly, It really doesn’t tend to smell as strongly as food stored in a cooler. This, in my mind, means that animals will be less attracted to it and therefore less likely to be a nuisance in the night.

No matter what kind of food you bring however, be sure you don’t keep it in your tent. You don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night to find you are directly in the path of some animals’ food source.

My favorite way to plan for some good meals while I camp is to dehydrate my own food. I make everything from chili to spaghetti sauce, to hearty beef and barley stews. The dehydrator cost me less than sixty bucks and I have been the envy of my friends many times on the trail as I’ve just had to add water to my chili and heat it up. Talk about easy dried camping food! It tastes just like it did when I made it two months ago!

Nesco FD-75PR 700-Watt Food Dehydrator

  • 700-Watt 5 tray food dehydrator dries in hours instead of days
  • Top-mounted fan; adjustable thermostat from 95-to-160 degrees F
  • Flavors don’t mix; no need to rotate trays; opaque exterior blocks harmful lights
  • Includes recipe book, 2 solid sheets, 2 mesh sheets, and 3 jerky spice packets
  • Measures approximately 13 by 13 by 10-inch

The patented converge-flow drying system ensures even drying, no need to rotate trays. With 700-watts of power food dries in hours, not days. The adjustable thermostat ranges from 95-to-160-degrees and provides greater flexibility and better results. Includes five trays but expands to 12 trays with LT-2SG add-a-tray accessories (sold separately). Also includes fruit roll up sheet, clean-a-screen. Contemporary granite vita-save exterior blocks light and helps retain more vitamins and nutrients.

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List Price: $ 79.99

Price: $ 54.95

Easy Dried Camping Food – it’s lighter to carry.

The other benefit to dried food of course is that it’s also lighter because all of the water content has been removed. This makes food substantially lighter to carry as well as not requiring the cooler to keep it fresh, so it’s really more than one benefit when you plan your food properly especially if you’re hiking and backpacking.

No matter what type of food you take camping though be sure to pack out your garbage. We don’t want to spoil our woods and rivers with cans and food wrappers.

Ian Kurz is an enthusiastic camper and is the owner of the website www.everything-about-camping.com where you can find all kinds of tips and help related to camping.
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Dehydrator Trailmaster Digital 1000 4-Tray Md: FD-1022SK.

  • Made By: Open Country
  • Model Number: FD-1022SK
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Dehydrator Trailmaster Digital 1000 4-Tray, This dehydrator expands to 20 trays so you can dry large quantities all at once! 1000 watts of drying power means you can dry more, faster. Patented Converga-Flow® fan forces heated air up the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray, converging in the center, for fast, even and nutritious drying. No flavor mixing! No need for tray rotation. Fast, Powerful Fan! A quiet, 2,400-RPM motor mean faster, more nutritiou

List Price: $ 165.99

Price: $ 124.25

Easy Dried Camping Food – About Food Dehydrators

A food dehydrator is an appliance that removes moisture from food to aid in its preservation. A food dehydrator uses heat and air flow to reduce the water content of foods. The water content of food is usually very high, typically 80% to 95% for various fruits and vegetables and 50% to 75% for various meats. Removing moisture from food restrains various bacteria from growing and spoiling food. Further, removing moisture from food dramatically reduces the weight of the food. Thus, food dehydrators are used to preserve and extend the shelf life of various foods.

A food dehydrator’s basic parts usually consist of a heating element, a fan, air vents allowing for air circulation and food trays to lay food upon. A dehydrator’s heating element, fans and vents simultaneously work to remove moisture from food. A dehydrator’s heating element warms the food causing its moisture to be released from its interior. The appliance’s fan then blows the warm, moist air out of the appliance via the air vents. This process continues for hours until the food is dried to a substantially lower water content, usually fifteen to twenty percent or less.

Most foods are dehydrated at temperatures of 130 °F, or 54 °C, although meats being made into jerky should be dehydrated at a higher temperature of 155 °F, or 68 °C, or preheated to those temperature levels, to guard against pathogens that may be in the meat. The key to successful food dehydration is the application of a constant temperature and adequate air flow. Too high of a temperature can cause case hardened foods; food that is hard and dry on the outside but moist on the inside.

The first food dehydrator was sold in 1920.

Mountain House Freeze-Dried Rice and Chicken

  • Instant, hot meal of rice and chicken in a savory sauce accented with pimentos.
  • Stand-up pouch creates an easy way to cook and eat your meal.
  • Just mix contents with boiling water in the pouch provided.
  • Mountain House®, the #1 brand of freeze dried backpacking foods.
  • Mountain House® has been recognized as the best tasting freeze dried meals.

An essential addition to your backpack for your next camping trip! In addition, freeze-dried meals are perfect to keep for your home disaster/emergency survival kit, due to their long shelf life.

An instant, hot meal of rice, chicken, and pimentos in a white sauce. The stand-up pouch creates an easy way to cook and eat your meal; made from high-barrier foil, the pouch keeps your meal hot. Just mix contents with boiling water in the pouch provided, let stand for a few minutes, and then serve.

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List Price: $ 7.99

Price: $ 5.95

Easy Dried Camping Food – Drying Food

Drying is a method of food preservation that works by removing water from the food, which inhibits the growth of microorganisms and hinders quality decay. Drying food using sun and wind to prevent spoilage has been practised since ancient times. Water is usually removed by evaporation (air drying, sun drying, smoking or wind drying) but, in the case of freeze-drying, food is first frozen and then the water is removed by sublimation.

Bacteria yeasts and moulds need the water in the food to grow. Drying effectively prevents them from surviving in the food.

Many different foods are prepared by dehydration. Good examples are meat such as prosciutto (a.k.a. Parma ham), bresaola, and beef jerky. Dried and salted reindeer meat is a traditional Sami food. First the meat is soaked or pickled in saltwater for a couple of days to guarantee the conservation of the meat. Then the meat is dried in the sun in spring when the air temperature is below zero. The dried meat can be further processed to make soup.

Fruits change character completely[clarification needed] when dried: the plum becomes a prune, the grape a raisin; figs and dates are also transformed in new, different products, that can be eaten as they are or else after rehydration.

Home drying of vegetables, fruit and even meat (to produce jerky) may be carried out by a do-it-yourself practice, employing electrical dehydrators (household appliance). If the user does not like to use additives as potassium metabisulphite, or BHA, BHT for meats, dried products may be hermetically shelf stored if it is to be consumed soon, or else in the refrigerator or even freezer if a long storage is to be expected. Freeze dried vegetables are often found in backpackers food, hunters, military, etc. The exception to this rule are bulbs, such as garlic and onion, which are often dried. Also chilis are frequently dried. Edible and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as other fungi, are also sometimes dried for preservation purposes, to affect the potency of chemical components, or so they can be used as seasonings.

source: wikipedia.org

5 thoughts on “Easy Dried Camping Food

  1. Review by Chris S. for Mountain House Freeze-Dried Rice and Chicken
    [UPDATE: This review refers to the Beef Patties with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes entree, not the Primavera Pasta entree — somehow Amazon has changed which products are included in the various master Mountain House product listings. And it IS still available — do a Google search for Mountain House Beef Patties, or see the Amazon version from a marketplace seller. -Chris S.]

    Do you want to store food at home that, along with a means of boiling water, could get you easily through an emergency (such as a hurricane, a power outage, or a week isolated at home with the flu)? Do you have family members of the old meat-and-potatoes type who can’t imagine being satisfied with canned or freeze-dried entrees? Then this dish is for you. My husband, trying to be supportive, agreed grimly to try a Mountain House meal or two from our local sporting goods store in support of my plan to identify emergency foods to store at home. But he wasn’t happy, even though he agreed with surprise that the Mountain House beef stew wasn’t too bad after all. Then we stumbled on this as our second experiment. Wow. He asked me 3 times, all while wolfing it down, how this had been cooked, incredulous that it came out of a freeze dried packet cooked with nothing but boiling water poured into it. Really, this is absolutely delicious. Expensive, yes — you won’t want to eat this particular entree all the time, though my husband would be happy to! But as a treat planned for once every few days or so, it’s a wonderful item to include in your emergency food kit along with a JetBoil or other means of boiling water if the power’s out.

    For those who can’t guess how it works but need to know before they ante up the money, here’s the deal: You remove the hamburger patties, leave the mashed potatoes in the pouch, add part of the boiling water, seal the pouch up like a Ziploc, and leave it for the specified time, after which you open the pouch and scrape the potatoes out onto to a plate or bowl. Then you return the hamburger patties to the still slightly gook-y pouch and add the remaining boiling water to cook them in the same fashion. The label on the pouch tells you how much water and how much time in the sealed bag for each part of the cooking process. It doesn’t seem as though it will work — I almost threw it out before cooking when I saw what the uncooked food looked like. And I was still dubious when I removed the reconstituted hamburgers, placed them next to the previously cooked potatoes, and served up the lot for my husband and me. But WOW. The meat is fork-tender and flavorful, with no sign of its reconstituted state, and the mashed potatoes are cheesy, fluffy, and perfect in texture — just like your favorite mashed potatoes from a restaurant near home. Neither one is gummy or squishy — each is like good regular food, both in taste and in mouth feel.

    Try it. You won’t believe how good it is. I’m betting you’ll end up raiding your emergency supply fairly often during the just-got-home-late-can’t-bear-to-cook-dinner-but-can’t-stand-leftovers-or-pizza-delivery-need-a-real-“home-cooked”-type-meal-HELP! type of emergency that confronts all of us more often than we’d like. Trust me. You’ll be glad you laid in a supply of this.

    P.S. Based on my husband’s reaction, I should tell you that, even though one pouch technically serves two people, there are individuals out there who will want their own pouch all to themselves… (!). He really has become quite a fan. We’re cutting back on our expenditures right now. He doesn’t want me to spend anything for anything. But when I told him I was ordering 10 of these from Amazon to keep in the house, he nodded enthusiastically and said “OH yeah…!”.

  2. Review by Kelly Parker for Mountain House Freeze-Dried Rice and Chicken
    I bought his for my boyfriend to take with him on his camping trip. He came back and told me that the chicken and rice was the greatest. He told me it was as good as homemade chicken and rice. The chicken was perfect and juicy and the rice was just the way he liked it. I was surprised when he told me this because, to be honest, eating dry packaged food that you add water to doesn’t sound that good… He loved it!!! Go ahead and get it. You will like it too. 🙂

  3. Review by Jessica Teel for Mountain House Freeze-Dried Rice and Chicken
    This is my favorite freeze dried camping meal, and I’ve tried quite a lot of the vegetarian flavors and brands. The pasta primavera is very flavorful and has a great creamy texture. The pasta noodles cook well and get soft (unlike brands where the pasta never cooks no matter how long it sits in the bag). There isn’t tons of fat or cheese, which is surprising given how creamy the sauce is. There are many vegetables in the primavera making it healthier than some other meals, and one of the main ingredients is zucchini. The meal is very filling and amply feeds two people. When camping I like to pour it ontop of instant rice, which also makes the meal stretch well between two people if you are really hungry. In comparison to all the other vegetarian freeze dried meals I have eaten, the mountain house pasta primavera is the best tasting by far.

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