If you don't have time to dry your own food, here are two trusted sources for dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables, fruits, and meals. You can use these dried foods from Harmony House Foods to assemble backpacking and emergency meals, or you can buy dehydrated vegetarian meals from Good To-Go.
Best Source for Dehydrated Vegetables, Beans & Meat Substitutes
Harmony House Foods, based in North Carolina, sells dehydrated vegetables in several size options including 1-cup (approximate) zip pouches and quart-size jars. A vegetable serving size for most of my recipes is ¼ cup, so you will get approximately four servings from a pouch or sixteen servings from a jar. You save money on the larger quantity.
You also save money and get a good assortment if you buy the Harmony House Backpacking Kit which includes eighteen zip pouches of assorted dehydrated vegetables and beans.
Green Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chives, Corn, Jalepeno, Leeks, Mixed Vegetables, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Shallots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tomato Powder, Zucchini.
Black, Garbonzo, Kidney, Navy, Northern, Red, Pinto, Lentils, Split Peas
Meat Substitutes (Textured Vegetable Protein):
Use TVP in place of ground beef, poultry, and ham. Harmony House offers three flavored types - beefish bits, chickenish bits, and hamish bits.
Freeze Dried Fruit:
Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Mangoes, Papaya, Pineapple, and Kiwi.
Freeze dried fruit maintains its original size, while dehydrated fruit shrinks to half or more of its original size. To get approximately the same amount of calories as dehydrated fruit, double the quantity of fruit called for in the recipe if using freeze dried fruit.
Lentil, split pea, bean, vegetable, chili, chowder... and several more dried soup blends.
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Best Source for Vegan & Vegetarian Meals
Looking for something different and tastier than the usual freeze-dried meals from the big companies? Good To-Go, a chef-run business in Maine, offers dehydrated vegetarian/vegan entrees in double-serving portions.
Highly regarded by discerning backpackers, entrees include:
Herbed Mushroom Risotto, Thai
Curry, Pad Thai, Mexican Quinoa Bowl, Bibimbap, Smoked Three Bean Chili,
Classic Marinara with Pasta, Indian Vegetable Korma, Kale and White
Bean Stew, New England Corn Chowdah.
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