Dehydrated meals are a real staple for true survivalists who are getting ready for the long haul. They weigh much less that other bulkier food alternatives and are very easy and convenient to take with you or store. Some foods can shrink to one-sixth of their original size so this makes it perfect for traveling too. They also pack a punch when it comes to flavor. You may think that dehydrating your food means that you lose flavor and it becomes a leathery piece of sustenance that is barely enjoyable and only consumed out of necessity but, this is far from the truth. The flavor actually becomes more concentrated rather than sacrificed and with so many options of different types of foods to dehydrate, you will find it hard to ever get sick of eating them.
What Are Dehydrated Meals?
Dehydrated meals involve the process of removing water from food which then prevents the growth of yeast, mold, and bacteria in order to preserve it. This is one of the oldest techniques in food preservation and it has been around for well over ten thousand years. The great thing about dehydrating food is that it is incredibly healthy as there is no need to use any chemical additives or preservatives.
How To Dehydrate Meals
Before you get started, most foods will need to be blanched with boiling water for a minute or two in order to kill the bacteria. This is with the exception of mushrooms, corn, figs, grapes, peppers, pineapples, onions, and tomatoes. All the food should also be cut into quarter-inch pieces in order to achieve a uniform result. There are a few options you have when it comes to dehydrating food. One is to buy a dehydrator or use an oven. A dehydrator will come with clear instructions and an oven will typically take 6 – 8 hours to on the lowest setting to properly dehydrate meals. You can do it the natural way by simply laying your pre-cut food on a stable surface out in the sun for typically three days. Normally around 75% of the moisture is removed during this process and it is always better to dry it too much rather than too little. They then need to be stored in an air-tight environment to prevent moisture from getting back in. You can do this easily if you have access to Ziploc bags or jars. If not, you can create a makeshift container out of plants, leaves, and bark to keep it secure.
Best Foods To Dehydrate
There are so many types of foods that you can dehydrate for the long haul. Take a look at this list below.
Fish and Meat
You want to find the leanest sources you can for this due to the natural fat content.
Using lemon juice with the fruit before drying can greatly aid in preserving as much flavor as possible.
You don’t need to blanch a vegetable that you would normally eat raw.
These are some of the best dehydrated meals that you can get and they are still a very nutritious source of food to keep you going.