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Trail Bytes, Feb. 2024: Ready to Stink up the house? Let's dehydrate onions.
February 02, 2024

Although I’ve never featured dehydrated onions prominently in a backpacking meal, I drop a pinch of them into just about every meal I bag for the trail. Home-cooked meals almost always begin with an onion in the pan. I love onions, even if they stink up the home.

For this edition of Trail Bytes, I opened a window and loaded up the dehydrator with yellow onions, green onions, and most ambitiously, caramelized onions. I caramelized the onions slow and low without oil. They turned out sweet and savory, crispy, and not at all sticky. You’ll love these in their crunchy state for toppings, or rehydrated in meals and soups.

Explore the new page:

Dehydrating Onions

Trail Maintenance

My work on the website is like trail work. Some days I blaze a trail (add a new page), and some days I do trail maintenance (update pages, fix broken links, improve navigation, etc.)

I spent more than a few days last month improving navigation of the main Dehydrating Food page. That page is the hub, kind of like base camp, where you can set out to explore over 50 pages of dehydration topics, from apples to zucchinis.

To make topics easier to find, I moved the A–Z list on that page from the side column to the main content column. Mobile phone surfers will find it quicker now. I added a photo icon next to each food, and a line about temperature and minimum drying time.

I hope you like the improvement. Let me know what you think. I’m always open to suggestions.

There's also a new version of the free printable Food Dehydration Project Sheets for you on the page.

Discover a new food to dehydrate:

Dehydrating Food

From the Mailbag:

Bonnie Nork posted this photo of her rendition of my Thai Peanut Noodles recipe. She added tofu that she dried separately in the same peanut sauce as the noodles.

Give this recipe a try. It’s getting good reviews.

Thai Peanut Noodles

Explore also: Dehydrating Tofu

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