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 …
Pumpkin (canned & pureed)
Sweet Potato Chips
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
Herbs & Spices
Mushroom Buillon cubes
Tomato Sauce leather
* (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
Carrot Pulp Crackers
Carrot Straws (the oil is the only thing keeping these from being included in basic dehydration for long terms storage)
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
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
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!
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:
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.
Another wonderful resource to have is The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook:
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:
Find more dehydrating recipes on my Dehydrating Pinterest Board: