I am now well not my heavy dehydration preparation for the TGO Challenge and, from the look of it, I am not alone! The emails have started coming in. Here are some simple, additional tips!
You need lots of food. It is easy to under-estimate. Carry more meals than you need — obviously you have to prepare them in advance!
To cut time — use a pressure cooker if you have one. You do tend to loose some subtly with a pressure cooker but this is trail food we are talking about! If using a Pressure Cooker speeds things up a bit, then use it! You don’t need to worry about thickening sauces and so on as the dehydrator will take care of any excess liquid!
Fruit — dehydrate as much as you can (and more than you think you need). Real fruit is a real bonus on the trail. It is great to munch as you walk and can give you quite a shot of energy. You will need lots! DOn’t leave this until the last moment!
Vary you carbs! I tend to dehydrate rice, mashed potato (brilliant) and sometimes pasta. I also will carry a fair amount of couscous which doesn’t need cooking in advance. To easily dehydrate mashed potato use a potato ricer and squeeze out onto a dehydrating sheet.
Don’t worry about producing too much. You can always use it in the future. Fruit is a staple all year round. Meals can always be put in the freezer for longer life. So long as you keep the food dry it will last — in a cupboard — for ages, it will just loose a bit of its taste.