DIY dehydrated meals

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by Shewie, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Cook the currants up, and make into fruit leather??
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    We make jam from our red and black currants, it looks like it’s going to be another bumper crop this year judging by the flowers that have fruited.
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  3. Dan Outdoors

    Dan Outdoors Trekker

    Ive got my dehydrator running atm, currently got a mice beef tikka in it, when thats done im going to do another batch of my shredded lamb in a red curran sauce with juniper berries
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  4. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Eeek Eeek!!...
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  5. Dan Outdoors

    Dan Outdoors Trekker

    haha thats why its taking so long the mice keep running around :roflmao:
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  6. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Cue rodent based humour...

    (Got to be a ratatouille gag in this somewhere...):banhappy:
  7. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Would these bags be ok for reconstructing dried foods/eating out of

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222140398575

    I dont do my own other than fancy porridge, but I'm trying to keep a clean pot when eating noodles, pasta etc
  8. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    I get mine from Lakeland, soup'n sause bags. Can't remember how much they cost but they last for ages.
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  9. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    They are the kind of things I use... but that size is a bit small. I think I used to get the 160 x 260mm size - good for getting your spoon in.

    Available in various quantities here

    It was good not having mess in my pot anymore... and I could brew up whilst the meal was rehydrating in the pouch.
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  10. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Looked at those earlier, wasnt sure if they were capable of standing up, just noticed it says "standup" in the title :angelic:

    Nae sure I need 50 mind
  11. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Sainsburys sell them cheap enough. Also Home Bargains.
  12. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Aye, for 5.49 you can get 10, and reuse them... a quick wash out when you get home and good to go again. They stand up ok. I'm sure the closures are fine but whenever I go out - I add a sliver of clear tape over the top and cut it with a knife to open up when I'm ready.
  13. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    They should do at the price, shop around.
  14. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Mary has a good video for her own (vegan) trail prep

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  15. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Any recommendation on Dehydrator sheets?
  16. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I got some square sheets from Lakeland which are pretty good.
    Home Bargain's ones are flimsier but far cheaper but do the same job.
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  17. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    would baking parchment do the job?
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  18. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I think anything that sort that is non-stick is fine.
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  19. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    I use baking parchment paper, it's a faf to cut each time, I'm going to invest a few pennies in the pre cut silicone ones.
  20. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Let me know how they work. My understanding is that paper breathes better making the process quicker.
  21. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    I know what you're saying, just thought I would try them, why would they make them if they didn't work, apart from greed, greed would do it lol :)
  22. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    well, I think the purpose is a bit different. Silicone baking sheets are there to keep the food from sticking to the tray, but if you look at dehydrator trays, they are as much ventilated as possible and unless you're dehydrating something quite wet or small, you shouldn't need to any paper/sheet. I think for the dehydration purposes it's better have as much ventilation top and bottom as possible.

    I've been meaning to get silicone sheet for regular oven use for sometime now, and probably will when the parchment paper runs out.
  23. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I only use the silicone baking sheet for particularly wet stuff e.g. tomato leather. After 2 - 3hrs the semi-dry leather is best peeled off the silicone & placed on the mesh for completion of drying.
    FWIW with my Stockli I tailored the sheets to help maintain an airflow up through the trays. I cut mine with the first sheet 4 cm smaller than the tray diameter, second sheet same diameter as tray with a 5cm hole in the middle, then repeated the sequence.
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  24. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Sounds logical and in line with my thoughts.
  25. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Yep all sounds about right, I was doing a fair amount of mince based meals and curries etc, hence the sheets, if I'm doing Biltong then as you say, straight on the trays.

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