How to Dehydrate Food With an Oven for Backpacking
People have dehydrated food as long as there’s been a need to preserve it. Before electricity and modern appliances, food was salted and dried in the sun. An oven works better because the temperature and environment can be controlled to yield the best results. When you remove moisture from fruits, vegetables and meats, bacteria lack the conditions needed to survive. Unfortunately, dried foods lose some of their vitamins and flavor but they also weigh less, take a lot less space and have a longer shelf life, making them ideal trail foods.
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