101+ Dehydrating Recipes for Food Storage, Hiking and Paleo Diets

Mom with a Prep | 101+ Dehydrating Recipes for Food Storage, Hiking and Paleo Diets - build up your food storage for emergency preparedness with these great recipes.

Dehydrating or drying of foods is a perfect way to preserve foods that are more easily stored than canned varieties, and lend themselves to be easily integrated into meals or packed for hiking/camping/emergency foods. You will find a variety of dried and dehydrated recipes here. While most call for a dehydrator, there are other options such as oven or air drying.

Use these foods to build a food storage inventory that allows you to build the basics of meals that don’t need to be cooked. In the case of an emergency, you’ve got ready made meals that can be reconstituted with some hot water that is heated from your fireplace, a rocket stove, a camp range or even a fire pit or grill in the backyard.

Tools You’ll Need to Dehydrate

  • Oven – many foods can be dehydrated with an oven set at its lowest setting with the door propped open. Most of these ‘recipes’ call for a dehydrator, but many also give oven instructions as well. The oven takes a little less time because it’s hotter (thus keep the door propped open).
  • Hook – many herbs don’t need anything more than being gathered and hung to dry.
  • Dehydrator – I use both an Excalibur Dehydrator and a Nesco FD-80 (see the info at the end of the post). There are many varieties, just be sure to choose one that has temperature controls so that you can set the heat of the air.
  • Knife or mandolin – cutting vegetables and fruit in equal sizes is important for even dehydrating. Some foods are easy with just a knife. But if you have a ton to do, or want really thin slices, a mandolin is a great tool to have (just please be sure to use the cutting guard!)

How to Dehydrate …


Chicken Jerky
Fish Jerky
Ground Beef Jerky

Pork Jerky
Venison Jerky



Beans (cooked)
Butternut Squash chips
Carrots (shredded)

Cole slaw

Frozen Vegetables
Green beans
Green Onions
Mixed veggies

Plums (prunes)
Potato (Hash Brown)
Potato (instant potato flakes)

Pumpkin (canned & pureed)
Pumpkin 2
Pumpkin leather

Spaghetti Squash

Sweet Potato
Sweet Potato Chips
Swiss Chard
Tomato, Grape
Tomato, Paste
Tomato Powder – creating tomato powder from skins to use in additions to food or make paste with
Tomato – Sun Dried

Vegetable Chips (different than a snack..powerhouse packing food)
Vegetable Powder – great for using bits of things up, and then adding to food to boost flavor and nutrition



Apples 1
Apples 2
Apples (Cinnamon)
Banana Strips

Fruit Leather
Grapes (raisins)

Pineapple 2

Herbs & Spices

Chili (Powder)
Garlic (Powder)
Herbs 2
Onion (Powder)



Bean Bark
Bread Crumbs

Cottage Cheese
Full meals

Green Flours
Mushroom Buillon cubes
Soup Cubes
Sourdough Starter
Tomato Sauce leather
Whole Grains


* (these aren’t necessarily good for long-term storage because of the oils and such added to them, but they make great snacks!)
16 Chip Alternatives
Apple Jerky
Blueberry Cookies
Carrot Pulp Crackers
Carrot Straws (the oil is the only thing keeping these from being included in basic dehydration for long terms storage)
Chedda Onions
Chewy Crunchy Garlic Toast
Curried Baked Carrot Chips
(these can also be dehydrated, though won’t be as crisp)
Flax Crackers
(scroll down the page to get there)
Peach & Honey fruit rollups
Peanut Butter & Banana Graham crackers
Primitive Cracks with Wild Seeds
Pumpkin Leather
Pumpkin Seeds
Raw Granola Bars
Savory Quinoa Bread
Shamrock Kale Chips
Sour Cabbage Crisps (fermenting & drying)
Spicy Green Beans
Sun Dried Strawberry Fruit Leather
Sun-Dried Tomato & Cheezy Kale Chips

Tomato Basil & Flax Crackers
Yogurt Leather

15+ Mouthwatering Fruit Leather Recipes and tips your family is sure to enjoy! Great for snacks and lunches and back to school!


Dehydrating Tools

The Ulimate Dehydrating Cookbook

On using dehydrated vegetables

On storing dehydrated foods

Rehydrating/reconstituting chart

What can you dehydrate

Dehydrate using an oven

Dehydrate2store’s video channel

Obviously there are many, many more that can be listed – and I’ll add to it over time for major ones that I’ve missed. I  hope this helps!

101 Dehydrating Recipes & Tips from Mom with a PREP.com

And if you’re wanting to know about foods you should not dehydrate? Check out this post for all the information.

And as an FYI – here is what I do all of my dehydrating with:

101 Dehydrating Recipes {Mom with a Prep} -- the Dehydrator I use to dehyrate with.

It works really wonderfully – I reviewed it here for you to read. Someday, I would like an Excalibur, but for now, my Nesco works awesomely!

An Update:

I have recently invested in an Excalibur Dehydrator. I still love the Nesco, and always will because I think it’s a fantastic machine in the under $100 crowd. Probably the best. But I do love the Excalibur and will be reviewing it soon.

Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator that I use for my dehydrating at Mom with a PREP.com | 101+ Dehydrator Recipes

Another wonderful resource to have is The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook:

The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook - a must-have for every PREPared kitchen. Want to know how to dehydrate it? Read this book!While I love having so much available to me online, sometimes, I really do prefer a hardcopy of a resource, not only for times without power, but sometimes I just like to peruse, take notes in the margins, put in bookmarks (see the tabs on the book? Lots and lots of great ideas), and only a good book will do. This one is definitely worth it. You can purchase it here or read a review of the book here.

Here’s more info you’ll find helpful:

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Find more dehydrating recipes on my Dehydrating Pinterest Board:

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  1. says

    This is an AMAZING list! Thank you for putting it all in one place! I like the potato because it also gives meal in a jar recipes and I have been on the search for those. Again, THANK YOU!!

  2. Ronda Taylor says

    Thanks so much for this. I found a dehydrator in a box never remembered getting it lol Will most certainly will use this

  3. margaret smith says

    OH MY! I love your site! thank you sooo much for sharing! What is the storage time for fruits and veggies thank you again!

  4. Riversana says

    This is a wonderful list, thank you for putting it together. I arrived via Prairie Homestead Barn Hop! I’m looking forward to referencing several of your recipes, but I was hoping for a hot pepper recipe (hubbs brought home a grocery sack full of 6 different peppers, and I don’t know what to do!). Any suggestions?!

  5. says

    Yes! Just got a food dehydrator (haven’t even taken it out of the box yet). Going to a farmers’ market today, and will be searching through here to see how to preserve some of what we pick up. 🙂

  6. says

    Thank you so much for this article. I too also just purchased a dehydrator, but haven’t used it yet. Will be saving this for when my garden comes in.

  7. Jan says

    This is an amazing list. Thanks for sharing these healthy and easy to prepare recipes. This will be extremely beneficial to health conscious households.

  8. Gloria Hol latz says

    I am looking for dehydrating Buttercup Squash?
    Is it the same as the Butternut Squash?
    Would like more information on the Buttercup Squash that has always been out favoirte!
    Thank you Gloria

  9. says

    I have dehydrated raw thin sliced chicken for about 8 hours no seasoning. And it works great I call them chicken chips because that is what they seem like. And I have eaten then allot and have had no problems getting sick or anything.. They work great for traveling I do however keep them in the refrigerator or freezer just in case. My thought is the Alaskans dry with the sun so what is the difference.

  10. Brian Ciesielski says

    Thanks for all your GREAT posts! I have found them to be very interesting, if not enlightening! Regarding your dehydrator, I just wanted you to know that my FIRST dehydrator was an Excalibur, and I was NOT impressed…lots of ‘cool spots’, and I had to rotate items WITHIN the trays to get everything dried uniformly…be careful what you wish for! Happy drying!

    • says

      I’m sorry you had an issue with your particular machine. I’ve never had that issue with mine, but I will say that I’m as pleased with the Nesco FD-80 as I am with the Excalibur.

  11. Bri says

    Just wanted to say thank you for providing such wonderful information. Truly your site is a blessing. I have serious food allergies and so I cook from scratch (and almost everything I eat is best served cooked). The problem has been that I’ve become very limited on being able to travel far from home because of limited access to cooking options. I miss traveling so much. With the help of your site, I may be able to go on a cruise again or even just spend more than a handful of hours on a day trip somewhere. Many, many thanks for sharing your wisdom! God bless.

  12. Candy says

    Hi, I have a question. I recently dehydrated some onions, and I can not get the onion smell off the dehydrator trays. I have tried various combinations of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and dish soap. I even made a paste with baking soda and lemon. I left it on over night and rinsed with vinegar. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Jennifer, my friend from Self Reliant School suggests dehydrating a bunch of potatoes to get rid of the onion smell. They’re good for removing saltiness from stews and soups, and also can also clean up the smell from your dehydrator in the same way!

  13. Melody Hendrix says

    This is just what I was looking for, omg! This is so appreciated I’m excited to get started. I just bought a dehydrator and a vacuum sealer. You are a wonderful person to do this….

  14. Lisa says

    Thank you for the wonderful list!

    Does anyone know if/where I can purchase resealable bags such as the ones Mountain House and Backpacker’s Pantry come in? Preferably the ones like the Mountain House Pro-Paks (vacuum sealed). I want to start dehydrating meals for a thru hike and would like to keep the meals in bags that I can also cook in for an easier clean up on trail.


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