What is Bark?
While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."
Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.
One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and pumpkin into bark.
Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.
Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:
In Recipes for Adventure, there are over 20 pages devoted to making bark. It includes all the instructions on the website, plus you'll find new ways to combine vegetables with potatoes to make bark.
Bark is the "secret sauce" in several of the book's recipes like Double A Root Bark Stew, Potato Vegetable Bark Stew, Fish & Chips Chowder, Enchilada Bean Bark Stew, and World Peas Bark Stew.
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