Thursday, 7 July 2011

Backpacking Food

First we made a beef mince stew with onions and carrots and then added frozen peas.

We have a couple of plastic trays but just use parchment paper to stop the stew running through on the rest.

At the same time as the stew we dried a sauce bought at Aldi.  These dry down to next to nothing and can be added to almost any stewy type meal.

The finished stew was spooned onto the trays.

The stew was then dried for 24 hours or so in the dehydrator.  It was cooked in camp in a plastic bag inside a home made cosey.  We like to use bowls to eat from and these are extremely light.  By cooking in a plastic bag the pan is still clean and can be used to make tea or coffee whilst the meal is cooking.
The meal above has had some smash powdered potato added.

This meal has had pasta added to it.  The remains of the plastic cooking bag and the cosey are also in the picture.

The dehydrator is made by L'Equip and shortly after producing these meals the element burned out.  This is the second time this has happened, the first occasion was under a year and I got it replaced .  I have had it a while now so I contacted the manufacturers with a view to purchasing an element.   If it's customer care you 're after don't use this make .  They have not even acknowledged my e mails.
Unless they respond shortly I will have to purchase a different make to process my meals for the summer hols.


Anonymous said...

Greg, what was the cost of the dehydrator?

Greg said...

I think iot was over £100 with the extra trays. I'm looking at getting the Stockli from Backpacking Light.

Brian Cowling said...

Hi. Looks good!

Did you rehydrate with boiling water and if so did you have to use special plastic bags?


Greg said...

Yes they are the microwavable type bags from Tescos or Asda .

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