Dehydrated breakfast meals can be done well, if you have the right recipes. When you wake up in the morning and think about your camping food, your entire family can look forward to the meal ideas that are presented here.
First, we must break a common myth about dry food. It’s simply food that’s been reduced in moisture content, meaning a concentration of nutrients and flavors. It’s important, however, to get the dehydration process correct for safe consumption and ideal cooking.
How to use powdered eggs
Powdered eggs are a core ingredient in delicious pancakes for your camping trip. You can find them in your local grocery store, but you’ll get exponentially more enjoyable results when you make it from scratch, using quality ingredients.
We’re going to create a complete pancake mix, which you can keep in your meal prep backpack. Add sausage, ham or any ingredient you like to dried eggs, and use them in pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, as well!
All you need is a dehydrator machine. Remember that when dried eggs are vacuum sealed, they can be stored for several years. They also retain most, if not all of, their original nutrients, including a pure form of protein and amino acids, with fewer calories and zero fat and cholesterol.
To prepare your dehydrated eggs, thoroughly whisk and cook them in a pan. Place your cooked scrambled eggs on dehydrator trays and dry at 146 degrees F until thoroughly dried (about 4 hours). Finally, blend until powdered and store in vacuum-sealed bags.
You could also dehydrate them directly after whisking, but it will take an extra 10 hours, altogether. Both methods produce safe, thoroughly-cooked results, and you may find that raw dehydrated eggs actually taste better!
Classic pancakes for dehydrated breakfast
Our first recipe for dehydrated food camping is pancakes. This mix is extremely simple, and there are some optional ingredients, like banana chips, other fruit powders, chocolate and many others that you can use to add some excitement.
- 1/3 cup milk powder (1 ¼ cup milk)
- 1 1/3 tbsp. egg powder (one egg)
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- Fruit powder or fruit leather (optional)
- Chocolate (optional)
You’ll notice that this recipe calls for the use of powdered milk. You can find it at many grocery stores, but it’s also very easy to make and store, much like powdered eggs. In fact, it’ll last up to 20 years, which is what makes it such a popular food storage item for families.
Line your dehydration machine with spill-proof trays. These are often labeled fruit roll sheets, and are essentially dehydrator trays designed with a metal mesh screen for liquid foods.
Pour a cup of milk into each tray, and dehydrate at 135 degrees. Depending on your dehydrator, it will take 10-15 hours before the milk becomes hard and begins to crack. At this point, take it out piece by piece and blend thoroughly before storing in vacuum-sealed containers.
Beyond powdered eggs and camping food
You can reconstitute your dried eggs by combining 1 tablespoon of egg powder with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Mix the two ingredients together, and you can use it to create a delicious, hearty scrambled eggs recipe.
Prepare your powdered milk in the same fashion. For the pancake recipe above, combine 1/3 cup of milk powder with just enough water to make 1 ¼ cups of milk.
Using dehydrated sausage or beef jerky, combine your meat with hot broth or water for about 30 minutes. Chop and add the meat to your scrambled eggs. Use any liquid that isn’t absorbed by the meat to retain its flavors and nutrients, by using it to re-hydrate vegetables.
You could also use a dry fruit machine to create bananas, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate, potatoes and many other foods in powdered form. These make for sweet fruit juice, bread and many other recipes, without artificial sweeteners and the use of additional sugar.
A food dehumidifier is a way to create lasting food supplies, whether for a week-long camping trip or for decades-long storage!