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 backpacking meals! This gives you endless meal options while keeping the cost down and giving you full control over what goes into your meals.
Below you’ll find our library of backpacking dehydrator recipes. If you’re new to dehydrating, be sure to check out our detailed guide to dehydrating food, and our reviews of the best food dehydrators.
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 and spices, this is a perfect no-fuss lunch.
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 and flavor to fuel your adventure, AND it’s completely vegan (but you’d never guess it!) Click to get the full recipe and step-by-step instructions.
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 fruit leathers using a dehydrator OR in the oven
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…
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
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…
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…
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.
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 the pantry.
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.
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…
Everything you need to know to start dehydrating your own backpacking meals: the benefits of dehydrating food, what ingredients dehydrate the best, proper food handling procedures, the best way to…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 chips, pieces, and shreds—as well as ideas for using them!
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 store seasonally harvested apples for long-term storage.
Easy, step by step instructions to dry mushrooms. These dehydrated mushrooms are a great pantry staple and perfect for camping and backpacking too!
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 we cover everything, step-by-step!
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 or for long-term storage.
hiking, camping, and road-tripping. Learn how to make your own flavorful and tender beef jerky using either a dehydrator or an oven!
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!
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.
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 produced (for a fraction of the price!).
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!
Combining savory ground beef & sauteed onions, spicy chili seasonings, and noodles, this hearty backpacking meal is perfect after a long day on the trail.
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 how to dehydrate hummus and pack it for your next backpacking trip.
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!
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…
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, and hikes.
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 lentil sauce brings the protein, and the olive oil and cheese bring the fats. Time for a backcountry pasta party!
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 road trips.
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 craving after a few days on the trail.
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 to add to your menu!
Loaded with dehydrated veggies, white beans, and elbow pasta, this hearty Italian-inspired soup is a comforting and filling dehydrated backpacking meal.
Ditch the expensive boil-in-bag meals and take your backcountry meal plan to the next level with these delicious, nutritious DIY backpacking recipes.
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…
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 guaranteed to fill you up!
With inspiration from the LA fruit cart scene, these absolutely irresistible fruit leather roll-ups are a great hiking snack. Sweet, tropical, with just the perfect amount of spice. Once you…