Post by Ken Corbett on Jul 10, 2012 19:53:42 GMT -5
Last summer, Hal and I ran the Southwest Miramichi from Juniper to Boiestown. Sure, it rained three days out of four, but we had a great trip just the same.
One of the things I remember best was the dehydrated food Hal brought with him from down Boston way. We had reconstituted chili, with meatballs of course, the first night when we camped at Half-Moon. I had often read about dehydraters and adding water to dried foods before, but this was my first experience. It was really tasty, and was just as good as the “real thing,” as if we had re-heated home-made chili brought from home.
The third night was just as special. We were camped at Clearwater, and I was a little dubious when Hal brought his dehydrated chicken and rice out of his pack and added hot water. We just had to let it sit for a few minutes and re-absorb moisture, and it was again just as good as the “real thing.”
I'm converted now. Sure, I will still have to pack water, but I do anyway. And dried foods are safer to pack and take up less room. Just think, more room in your cooler for other essentials.
So I'm in the market for a food dehydrater. Any suggestions?
I had an old one that quit on me a few years ago so I bought a new one on sale at Canadian tire. It has worked well so far and they go on sale a few times a year. I have some great jerky recipes if you need some as well. If you dehydrate chicken, the canned chicken works best. Anything else is just too chewy.
As far as carrying extra water goes, just boil it first. Thats all I ever do when cooking on the river. Most of the dehydrated foods need hot water in order to reconstitute anyway.
I have a cheap dehydrator that a friend gave me, it does the job, but you need to plan in advance if your going to dehydrate enough food for a trip. For water, I use a good portable water filter, weighs 6oz, takes up less than 1L of space in a dry bag, and cost around $100. I've used it every time i've camped overnight, it can pump enough water for a party of one, or 10 people. I use the Katadyn Vario, pumps fast, maintains easily.