For camping, backpacking, hiking, homemade MREs, or long term food storage!
When I first started dehydrating food I did it because I didn't want to spend money on commercially prepared dehydrated or freeze dried food for my long term food storage. I thought it was a good way to save money. And, I was right! But, what I didn't realize at the time was that it wasn't completely safe to dehydrate red meat or chicken, or any meat or poultry for long term food storage. After a while meats can become rancid, even if dehydrated. The amount time it takes for that to happen depends on how they are stored. Such as storing in a zip lock baggie, vacuum sealed, or in the freezer.
Dehydrated meat/poultry shelf life:
Zip lock baggie - 2 weeks to 1 month
Vacuum sealed - 6 months to 1 year
Freezer - 1 year
Commercially prepared (freeze dried) - Up to 25 years
For myself, I dehydrate foods for MREs and long term food storage. See my conundrum here? So, I gave in and purchased a #10 can of freeze dried hamburger meat and a #10 can of freeze dried chicken breast chunks. Why? You might ask. The answer is simple. I wanted protein as well as flavor and substance in my MRE packs.