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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.


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

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,, 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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