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Hummus, not humbug. Trail Bytes Holiday Issue
December 22, 2022

I don’t always know what unifying theme will emerge when I sit down to write the newsletter. Fingers hover in place over the keyboard until the first few taps finally come.

D-i-g-e-s-t. Hmm…

After a sentence or two, I go to the kitchen for a snack, put on a pot of tea, do a load of laundry, or brush my teeth. For serious blockages, I go to the gym. Then I’m back for a second go at it.

This month I experimented with dehydrating beans. Hence the theme “digest.” Ironically, the Bean Institute recommends that, if you have difficulty digesting beans, the cure is to eat more beans. Not in one sitting, of course, but to work more of them into your everyday diet. There is some skepticism about this advice, so it’s best to know thyself, and have mercy on your fellow campers.

Photo: Edamame beans rehydrated in a meal with sushi rice and vegetables.

The Bean of the Month for December is the edamame bean, which is a soy bean that is harvested before it reaches maturity. Unlike other beans, the edamame bean is a complete protein in that it contains all the amino acids that a person requires which the body cannot make itself.

Photo: Edamame beans included in a hot thermos lunch of Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken & Veggies.

In addition to using the dried edamame beans in rice and noodle meals, I also made a delicious edamame-chickpea hummus, which I dried and ground into hummus powder. It rehydrates instantly with cold water and makes a tasty, high-protein filling for trail tortillas.

Photo: Edamame-Chickpea hummus rehydrated with cold water. Olive oil stirred in on the trail.

You’ll find the links to these topics at the top of following list.

It’s been a productive year for Trail Bytes. Here is a digest of everything we covered:

Trail Bytes Digest 2022

Dehydrating Edamame Beans & Recipes

Edamame Hummus Powder Recipe for Tortillas

Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken & Veggies

Thai Green Curry

Thai Red Curry

Dehydrating Jasmine Rice

Dehydrating Curry Basmati Rice

Dehydrating Baby Corn

Dehydrating Pumpkin & Pumpkin Pie

Dehydrating Mango

Mango Fruit Leather & Smoothies

Dehydrating Strawberries

Strawberry Fruit Leather & Smoothies

Dehydrating Oranges & Orange Fruit Leather, Orange Juice Powder, Candied Citrus Peels

Dehydrating Lemons & Limes

Dehydrating Apricots, Apricot Fruit Leather & Apricot-Mint Salsa

Tuna Backpacking Recipes

Vegetarian Backpacking Meals

A Plant Based Hiking Food: Experimenting with Beyond Burgers.

Textured Vegetable Protein Recipes

Dehydrating Dog Food & Treats

Thermos Food Jar Meals for the Outwardly Mobile

Dehydrating Food Project Template

Dehydrating Food from A—Z

Backpacking Recipes Table of Contents

Recipes for Adventure Books

Thank you for reading Trail Bytes. Feel free to forward this newsletter to any of your friends who might be interested in dehydrating meals for their adventures and emergency food supplies.

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!

Chef Glenn & Dominique

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