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Dehydrating

Not only is dehydrating a time-honored way of preserving fresh food for storage, but it’s also a great way to make your own custom dehydrated camping and backpacking meals! This gives you endless meal options while keeping the cost down and giving you full control over what goes into your meals.

Colorful dehydrated fruit and vegetables with fresh fruit around
Colorful dehydrated fruit and vegetables with fresh fruit around

Everything you need to get started

Dehydrating

Not only is dehydrating a time-honored way of preserving fresh food for storage, but it’s also a great way to make your own custom dehydrated camping and backpacking meals! This gives you endless meal options while keeping the cost down and giving you full control over what goes into your meals.

Dehydrated apples, strawberries, pineapples, and blueberries on dehydrator trays

Learn How to Dehydrate

Take your adventure food to the next level and create your own delicious meals by learning the ins and outs of dehydrating!

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The 5 Best Dehydrators

We tested the best food dehydrators to determine our favorite models. In this post, we talk about what features are important, different dehydrating use-cases, and which models offer the greatest value. 

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Dehydrating A-Z

Dried apple chips in a bowl

How to Dehydrate Apples

With a soft chew and intense apple flavor, dried apple chips are a healthy and delicious snack that can be enjoyed year-round. Dehydrating apples is also a great way to…
Dehydrated bananas on a plate

How to Dehydrate Bananas

Whether it’s for crunchy dehydrated banana chips or chewy dried banana leathers, there are so many great reasons to dehydrate your own bananas! While banana bread is the typical go-to…
Different types of dehydrated beans spilled out over a blue background

How to Dehydrate Beans

Dehydrated beans are a lightweight source of plant-based protein that can be easily rehydrated in just a few minutes, making them ideal for pantry or backpacking meals.
Colorful dehydrated bell peppers in a bowl

How to Dehydrate Bell Peppers

Dehydrated bell peppers are an unbelievably versatile staple to have in your pantry. Whether you’re a home cook, car camper, or backpacker, a jar of dehydrated peppers is an easy…
Dehydrated carrots in a small dish

How to Dehydrate Carrots

Learn everything you need to know about dehydrating carrots in this step by step post complete with storage tips and ideas on how to use dehydrated carrots in your meals.
Dehydrated celery in a jar

How to Dehydrate Celery

Celery is an often overlooked aromatic that brings a ton of depth and flavor to your soups, stews, and sauces. By making your own dehydrated celery, you will always have…
Dried herbs in glass jars

How to Dry Herbs

There are so many great reasons to dehydrate your own fresh herbs: they taste better than store-bought dried herbs, can reduce food waste, and can save you a ton of…
Dehydrated kiwis in a jar on a orange surface with sliced kiwis in the backgorund

How to Dehydrate Kiwi

Dried kiwi has quickly become a favorite snack—they are like sweet & sour gummy candies, but natural! In this post, we’re sharing all our tips on dehydrating kiwi for snacking…
Dried mango in a bowl

How to Make Dried Mango

Dried mango slices are such a great snack! In this step-by-step post we’ll show you everything you need to know to make your own dehydrated mango
Dehydrated marshmallows in a mug.

Dehydrated Marshmallows

Learn everything you need to know to make dehydrated marshmallows! These are so fun to have on hand for hot cocoa, baking, and adding to snack mixes. This post includes…
A bowl of sliced mushrooms surrounded by whole mushrooms on a yellow background.

How to Dehydrate Mushrooms

Easy, step by step instructions to dry mushrooms. These dehydrated mushrooms are a great pantry staple and perfect for camping and backpacking too!
Dried orange slices on a plate surrounded by dehydrated orange slices.

Dehydrated Orange Slices

Learn how to make beautiful dried orange slices! Dehydrated oranges add a colorful, citrusy pop to cocktails, drinks, holiday decor, or garnishes.
Dehydrated peaches in a bowl with a blue background

How to Dehydrate Peaches

Capture the fleeting flavor of summer by dehydrating peaches! Dehydrated peaches are great for storing seasonally harvested peaches for long-term storage or for easy snacking.
Dehydrated peas in a yellow bowl

How to Dehydrate Peas

Dehydrating peas is a great way to add some green to your backpacking or camping meals, or just to have in your pantry to throw into quick weeknight meals. All…
Dehydrated pineapple in a dish

How to Dehydrate Pineapple

Enjoy all the bright, tropical flavor of pineapple without the mess! Dehydrated pineapple is a fun and portable snack that’s perfect for all types of outdoor adventures!  We absolutely love…
Dried spinach in a bowl

How to Dehydrate Spinach

Dehydrating spinach is a great way to preserve this powerhouse leafy green so you’ll always have it on hand in the pantry. Learn everything you need to know to dehydrate…
Dehydrated strawberries in a bowl

How to Dehydrate Strawberries

Dehydrated strawberries are incredibly easy to make and are a great way to capture the freshness of this early summer berry. Dried strawberries are easy to make, and in this post…
Dehydrated sweet potatoes in a bowl

How to Dehydrate Sweet Potatoes

In this post, we’re sharing everything you need to know about dehydrating sweet potatoes! Dehydrated sweet potatoes are perfect for adding to backpacking meals or to have on hand in…
Dried tomatoes in a bowl

How to Dehydrate Tomatoes

Make the most of the summer harvest by dehydrating your own tomatoes! Summer is the high season for tomatoes. Obviously, you can find plenty of tomatoes all year round at…
Sunlight streaming over a bowl of dehydrated zucchini chips

How to Dehydrate Zucchini

Dehydrating zucchini is a great way to store this seasonal squash, and spread the summer superabundance out over the whole year! In this post, we’ll share how to dehydrate zucchini…

Dehydrated Meals

Beef jerky stacked on a piece of parchment paper

Simple Beef Jerky Recipe

hiking, camping, and road-tripping. Learn how to make your own flavorful and tender beef jerky using either a dehydrator or an oven!
Five fruit rolls stacked

Apple Ginger Fruit Leather Recipe

This easy Fruit Leather Recipe is a great way to start making healthy snacks for your hikes, road trips, or lunches! Includes step by step instructions on how to make…
Hand holding a pot with beef stroganoff

Dehydrated Beef Stroganoff

Now you can make your own backpacking Beef Stroganoff using a home dehydrator! Recreate the creamy, savory, and deeply satisfying flavor of one of the most iconic backpacking meals ever…
Megan holding a plastic container full of pasta salad. She's picking up a spoonful.

Cold Soaked Pasta Salad

This dehydrated pasta salad is chock full of veggies, protein, and FLAVOR, and can be rehydrated on the trail without the need for a stove!
Megan holding a pot and using a spoon to scoop up chili mac.

Dehydrated Chili Mac

Combining savory ground beef & sauteed onions, spicy chili seasonings, and noodles, this hearty backpacking meal is perfect after a long day on the trail.
A pot of risotto on a log

Dehydrated Risotto with Vegetables

This dehydrated risotto allows you to make delicious homemade risotto quickly and easily in the backcountry without using a lot of fuel. This is an easy and lightweight backpacking recipe…
Michael holding a backpacking pot filled with pasta

Dehydrated Backpacking Pasta Primavera

Fresh and filling, this dehydrated pasta primavera is not your typical backpacking fare. Loaded with zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes, this meal offers that burst of vegetables that you’ve been…
Paella in a backpacking pan

Dehydrated Seafood Paella

This dehydrated seafood paella is some serious next level gourmet backpacking food. Shrimp, crab , olives, capers, and veggies in a bed of golden saffron rice.
Ingredients for cowboy caviar in a container

Cold Soak Cowboy Caviar

This Cowboy Caviar is a dehydrated backpacking meal that can be rehydrated on trail without the need for a stove! Full of plant-based protein and flavored with a zippy dressing…
A backpacking pot filled with a burrito bowl backpacking meal

Backpacking Quinoa Burrito Bowl

A backpacker’s dream come true, this dehydrated quinoa burrito bowl features a diverse range of ingredients, flavors, and textures. Shake up your backpacking menu with this bright and flavorful recipe!
Megan dipping a cracker into a bowl of hummus

Dehydrated Roasted Pepper Hummus

This dehydrated hummus is an awesome NO COOK backpacking lunch. Just add water on the trail and it’s ready! Check out the full post where we give complete instructions on…
Minestrone in a grey backpacking pot with a purple spoon

Dehydrated Minestrone Soup

Loaded with dehydrated veggies, white beans, and elbow pasta, this hearty Italian-inspired soup is a comforting and filling dehydrated backpacking meal.
Megan holding a blue bowl of dehydrated tortilla soup

Dehydrated Tortilla Soup

This dehydrated Tortilla Soup is a flavorful, healthy, lightweight DIY backpacking meal! This is a dinner you’ll really look forward to on the trail.
Mango Strawberry fruit leathers stacked in a container

Tie-Dye Mango Strawberry Fruit Leathers

A tropical kaleidoscope of flavor and color, these tie-dyed fruit leathers are our healthy-ish riff on the classic 90’s snack food. They’re a perfect grab-and-go snack for hiking, backpacking, and…
Red lentil marinara and pasta in a backpacking pot with a blue spoon

Dehydrated Red Lentil Marinara

Saucy, hearty, and deeply satisfying, this backpacking red lentil marinara pasta is exactly what we want after a long day on the trail. The pasta brings the carbs, the red…
A blue bowl of sweet potato stew on a natural background

Backpacking Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew

Looking for a new DIY backpacking meal to make for your next hike? Try this West African-inspired Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew! This dehydrated backpacking meal is full of protein…
Fruit leathers rolled up and stacked in a tupperware container.

Tropical Fruit Leathers

These tropical fruit leathers taste like a ray of sunshine. Made of strawberries, mango, and bananas, this is the perfect snack to lift your spirits on or off the trail!
Side view of teriyaki beef jerky stacked on a napkin.

Teriyaki Beef Jerky

This teriyaki beef jerky recipe is so easy to make and you will love the sweet & savory flavor combo! This homemade beef jerky is perfect for camping, road trips,…
Lentil chili in a backpacking pot with two spoons

Red Lentil Chili

This dehydrated lentil chili is a warm and hearty backpacking meal that’s loaded with plant-based protein to keep you fueled on the trail. Cheap to make, quick to cook, and…
A close-up of vibrant, homemade fruit leather rolls in red and dark purple colors, suggesting a tasty and natural snack option.

How to Make Fruit Leathers

In this post, we’re showing you how to make fruit leathers using a dehydrator, plus recipes for three different flavors! Want to incorporate more fruits (and veggies) into your active…
A backpacking pot of chili and a spoon resting in the grass.

Quinoa Chili

Lightweight and protein-packed, this homemade dehydrated chili is vegan and gluten-free. Fresh Off the Grid contributors Kira & Brendon Hak of Adventure Haks share how to make one of their…