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My dehydrator frenzy: preparing vegetarian/vegan trail meals for a 4-day hike in Tasmania

I’d done a bit of research about pre-packaged dried meals for a camping/hiking trip, and came away disappointed in all the chemicals and crappy ingredients I’d have to put up with. It seemed at odds with the pristine, healthy landscape we’d be walking through in Tasmania, and my usual good eating habits at home.

So I got inspired. And you can too. Within 10 minutes of posting on Facebook to see if anyone local could lend me a dehydrator, I had an offer of the top-of-the-range Excalibur.

And thus it began.

Who knew a whole head of broccoli could be held in your hand? Hope I don’t get searched at the airport though; does it look a bit suspicious?

The tomatoes were fresh from the Farmers Markets the day before- so juicy- I couldn’t believe how evenly they dehydrated. The sweet potatoes are an experiment; kinda like chips I’m hoping.

And so, totally inspired, I moved onto preparing my meals. I decided to just make my two faves, and alternate them for lunch and dinner (we need to carry 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners). One of my lovely Pilates clients caught my enthusiasm, and offered the loan of her vacuum sealer, and so began ‘GG’s Dehydration Empire’.

I watched a few YouTube videos, and learnt I can’t use any oils, as they don’t dehydrate. I chose to do Vegetarian/Vegan meals, with lots of flavour and veggies. Once I’d made them fresh, I served up a huge bowlful (imagining I’d walked 10-15kms), then dehydrated that amount on a sheet. Here’s my brown rice and stir-fried vegetables:

I try to be gluten-free as well, so did a quinoa pasta with pumpkin, mushies, kidney beans, and tomato:

This meal looks the dodgiest, but hopefully it’s all going to taste great!

Ta-da! Pretty proud of myself I must admit. It all weighs less than a kilo, so plenty of room for treats like my dehydrated figs, and apple slices with cinnamon.

Eight dehydrated vegetarian/vegan meals ready for hiking in Tasmania

Eight dehydrated vegetarian/vegan meals ready for hiking in Tasmania #dehydratedmeals #hikingfood #vegetarian #Tasmania #ThreeCapesTrack #Australia #over50 @boneAndsilver

Now I’m posting this from our Airbnb house in Hobart; the other three friends and I have spent an hour giggling and packing/repacking our bags, and we set off tomorrow, so I’ll be gone till Thursday- not even a Comment will be answered, sorry.

Not sorry.

I’ll miss you all; please don’t post anything too exciting while I’m away!

In gratitude for best friends turning 50, wild scenery, and no mobile coverage, G xOΒ 

20 Comments

  1. OMG how clever of you and how awesome that someone loaned that to you
    Have an amazing time and don’t worry, we will be here when you get back πŸ™‚

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  2. Tassie gal here waving and imagining you are in your hike now, having your breath taken away by the magic coastal views … and at the same time enjoying the fruits (broccoli flowers) of your dehydrated labours πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΈπŸ’•

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    • Thanks Natalia- it wasn’t actually that hard, although the dehydrator worked long hours! You can find lots of great videos on YouTube, so I hope this helps if ever you are going hiking. Thanks for commenting, G : )

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