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Backpacker Magazine – April 2001

Dehydrate Your Trail Food

Who says you need water in your food? Dehydrate your vittles and you'll carry less weight, save money, and eat better.

by: Diane Bailey


Resources
The instruction manuals that come with most dehydrators detail drying methods and times, and usually include a few recipes, too. In addition, a wide range of cookbooks is available at bookstores. These resources are available at www.backpacker.com/bookstore:

Backcountry Cooking: From Pack to Plate in 10 Minutes, by Dorcas S. Miller (The Mountaineers, 800-553-4453; $16.95). Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook, by Mary Bell (William Morrow and Co., 570-941-1500; $16), provides an excellent overview of food drying. Bell's Web site, www.drystore.com, is also a good source of information.

For advice and recipes geared to backpackers, see Trail Food: Drying and Cooking Food for Backpackers and Paddlers, by Alan S. Kesselheim (McGraw-Hill, 800-262-4729; $8.95).



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