Dehydrating food for long term food storage and/or homemade MREs
These are links to a few of the YouTube videos I've watched that helped me learn how to dehydrate food for long term food storage. I thought by sharing them with you I would save you the trouble of weeding through the hundreds of videos to find some very basic videos to start with. I most likely will add to these from time to time as I try some new ideas and find some that I think others may want to try. Who knows, I may be adding my own videos in the fairly near future!
These videos will give you an idea of where to start and how to dehydrate food, along with a couple on making meals with your dehydrated food.
One word of caution. In a lot of the backpacking dehydrated meal videos they pack and store the food in simple zip lock baggies. That is not the proper way to pack and store food for long term food storage. Air can still get in and stay in a zip lock baggie. You'll need to store the dehydrated food in a food saver type bag and use a vacuum sealer to seal the bag. Or, you can also use a glass canning jar with either an oxygen absorber or use the food saver attachment for wide mouth or regular mouth to vacuum seal out all the air inside the jar. In the picture above, I opted for the glass canning jar and vacuum sealed the jar.
Dehydrating food videos
Dehydrating food for backpacking Just to give you an idea of some of the things you can dehydrate for meals. I believe this was actually the first video I watched on dehydrating meals for backpacking. It's the one that gave me the inspiration to buy a food dehydrator!
How to make hamburger gravel backpacking food This is a very good video on how to make hamburger gravel/hamburger rocks.
Dehydrating corn This video shows how to dehydrate frozen corn. I'm pretty sure it's the one I used to help me learn how to dehydrate my frozen corn. I can't be 100% positive though because I had watched so many videos on it! However, this is the one I had saved for future reference.
Dehydrating frozen hash browns I followed this video to make my dehydrated hash browns shown in the picture above.
Dehydrating canned peaches Yes! Canned peaches can be dehydrated! I haven't tried this one yet, but wanted to include it because they look so yummy and I do have it on my "to do list" for dehydrating.
How to make meals in a jar This video is actually showing how to make meals in a pouch/mylar bag, which would be great for your BOB. She does mention how to make them as meals in a jar.
Meals in a jar / Chicken and rice An example of a meal in a jar using dehydrated food. This would be a great way to stock your long term food storage pantry with meals already put together. You just add boiling water to the meal, let it set for a few minutes, and it's ready to eat! Meals in a jar are very convenient for cooking meals in an emergency situation...as long as you have access to water and a way to boil it.
In case you don't have one yet and don't know what to get, here's the dehydrator I have. It's good quality and fairly inexpensive. At the very minimum, you want to make sure you have one with a temperature control function.
Enjoy the videos! They do kind of make learning fun :)
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!