Are you tired of eating expensive freeze-dried backpacking food that's heavy on salt and light on vegetables?
Wouldn't you rather eat healthy, homemade backpacking meals?
Grab a spoon and let's get started!
An entire website devoted to helping you make light-weight, nutritious DIY backpacking meals.
Learn how to dehydrate food from A to Z, while exploring over 100 trail-tested backpacking recipes for dinners, lunches, breakfasts, desserts, and snacks.
When I set out for my first 30-day hike on the Appalachian Trail, I developed a complete menu of healthy backpacking recipes.
The meals tasted great, packed light, kept well, and were easy-to-cook with a small backpacking pot and stove.
DIY Backpacking foods on the menu include chili, unstuffed peppers, risotto, ratatouille, taco mac & cheese, Thai peanut noodles, Thai curry, pasta marinara, shrimp linguine, and dozens more.
There's a good selection of vegetarian backpacking meals, like lentil stew, and recipes for cold-soak salads like peach salsa rice salad.
Explore backpacking desserts like applesauce, peach crunch, banana pudding, fruit smoothies, and healthy hiking snacks like sweet potato bark and pumpkin pie bark.
Ready to hit the trail with delicious, homemade backpacking meals?
Packing & Cooking Backpacking Food
Find 100+ breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert recipes. Learn
how to assemble dehydrated meats, vegetables, and starches into a great
variety of delicious backpacking
meals. There are also recipes for dehydrating whole meals.
Photos of every recipe are included with exact quantities for each ingredient, packing instructions, and how to rehydrate and prepare the meals on the trail with minimal effort and fuel.
Breakfast | Vegetarian | No-Cook | Desserts
Dehydrating Backpacking Food from A – Z
Dehydrating backpacking food substantially reduces pack weight and preserves the food.
Learn how to dehydrate vegetables, meat, tofu, beans, fruit, sauces, and starches.
Dehydrating Fruit | Dehydrating Meat
Keep backpacking food air and water-tight. Vacuum sealing and/or using oxygen absorbers will keep your trail meals well-preserved at home and on the trail.
Explore: Backpacking Food Packing & Storage.
How to cook DIY backpacking meals with a simple tea-light cup alcohol stove or three tea-light candles. Instructions for making light-weight pot supports and wind screens.
Explore: Backpacking Stoves.
Titanium or aluminum? Pot handle design is important. What to look for in a backpacking pot.
Explore: Backpacking Cookware.
Save fuel and keep your backpacking meal hot while it rehydrates. Watch the instructional video.
Explore: Making a Pot Cozy.
A thermos food jar is great for rehydrating dehydrated meals with either hot or cold water. Enjoy nutritious and convenient DIY backpacking food wherever you travel.
Explore: Thermos Cooking.
If you like what you find on the website, you will love my cookbook, Recipes for Adventure. It covers everything from the website plus more recipes and dehydrating techniques. Nicely formatted with hundreds of photos, it is available as a PDF download for computer viewing or as a full-color printed edition.
A Step-by-Step Action Guide to put together 31 dehydrated meals.
Includes the shopping list, drying instructions, meal assembly, cooking directions, and packing.
"When you keep a supply of dehydrated meals on hand – for adventure, work, and travel – you’re automatically prepared for emergencies."
My newest cookbook features the best backpacking food recipes and dehydrating techniques collected from over 100 issues of my newsletter, Trail Bytes, plus new topics that will make your DIY backpacking meals as memorable as your adventures.
Explore Recipes for Adventure II
Use the workbook to plan your menus and estimate how much food to purchase and dry.
It's a great tool to go with Recipes for Adventure.
Get started with a free e-book, Home & Trail: An Introduction to Drying Food, when you subscribe.
Each monthly edition of Trail Bytes delivers new backpacking food recipes and food dehydration techniques.
"Chef, There's no better time than now for the information on dehydrating food and the backpacking recipes in your newsletter. A very big thank you, keep up the great work." -Ray
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