Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#11 Post by Andy F » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:34 pm

Cowboy Casserole using Yoder's Hamburger purchased from - MRE Depot - RECIPE here - https://www.mredepot.com/Yoder-s-Hamburger-p/yd5012.htm
I ordered a case of Yoder's, I've had it before & it is good.
MRE's are good, but they're over $10 for one meal if you buy a case of 12. Single MRE is ~$18.00 & they're Surplus on Amazing or eBay. I can do better.
MRE Depot sells the "heater pak" for $7.95 for 12 - https://www.mredepot.com/product-p/aq9092.htm

I'm a long time fan of NoBoil Lasagna & other Pasta 1 Skillet home made recipes etc,
so I'm modifying their recipe for a ONE Skillet meal, from a bag a can and water.
I will update the recipe within a month and I rarely forget my word.


Yoder's Hamburger in a Can.
28 Ounces in Each Can (#2.5 cans), 1 3/4 Pounds of US Raised and Commercially Canned Hamburger per can, fully cooked and ready to eat! Total of 21 Pounds of Ground Beef. $118.95 Free Shipping.
Made by Yoder's in Ohio, an Amish family tradition for more than 40 years, this product will protect your family and yourself in times of uncertainty. This Canned Meat is non-perishable, requires no refrigeration and is ideal for camping, travel, and long-term food storage. This product may be stored for 10 years or more in airtight sealed cans.

Produced exclusively from US farm raised, USDA inspected Choice cuts of meat and commercially canned in the United States under the strictest quality standards for optimal taste, quality and safety.
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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#12 Post by Kink » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:02 pm

Started this thanks to this thread of yours, can't wait to try the Cowboy casserole :D
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Sunchokes even my kids will eat

#13 Post by Farside » Tue May 21, 2019 12:16 pm

I've been growing Jerusalem artichokes / sunchokes for a few years mainly as a visual barrier around the compost pile largely because nobody in my family likes the taste (the remind me of the smell when you open up an ant nest).

But the other week my wife brought home a thing from the thrift store that allows you to make chips in the microwave. It works too, but the chips are incredibly thin, so we used a mandolin on a thicker setting to slice the chips and it takes longer to cook naturally, and the chips turned out not exactly crispy.

I started experimenting with making sunchoke chips with this thing and found that if I put them in the dehydrator after cooking them in the microwave then they turn out perfectly crispy, and everyone eats them. Their favorite is simply lightly salted before cooking.

I ate a bunch and there was also no farty effect that sunchokes are notorious for. Win win!

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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#14 Post by Andy F » Sun May 26, 2019 12:14 am

I'm finishing up on the Cowboy Casserole. It's good. Dam'd good!
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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#15 Post by Andy F » Tue May 28, 2019 6:50 pm

Hamburger Noodle skillet. 4 Servings.

In Large Bag:
2.5 cups dry macaroni noodles (I used 3 types, wide egg, rigatoni, shells)

Small bag:
(doesn't have to be mylar bag imho)
1/2 cup dehydrated sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup dehydrated sliced tomatoes
2 TBSP dehydrated chopped onion
3 Tsp beef bouillon
2 Tsp Cornstarch

TO STORE

Bag them up, put small bag into large bag, vacuum seal.
IF sealing for long term, use the Silica Dry Pack 10 grams.
Label instructions.

Cooking:

1 pound ground beef
6 cups water.

HOW TO:

Cook beef large skillet and drain.
Add water to beef.
Add small bag ingredients and bring to boil.
Add ingredients from large bag, cover, lower heat to simmer and cook 15 minutes.


It is really good. Can use any type meat protein, or, add whatever veggies you have on hand. I used leftover roast beef and added sweet peas, this time.
I did 120 bags, using Silica packets for long term storage. 20 of those bags serves 8 people.
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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#16 Post by Farside » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:43 pm

Last year I grew a lot of kale and my family doesn't eat a lot of kale so I had lots of complaints. This year I'm still going to grow lots of kale, but this time I'll dehydrate it and turn it into a powder that can be added to stews and soups. I'll do the same with swiss chard because my family thinks it tastes like dirt, and to be fair I tend to agree :-)

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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#17 Post by Andy F » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:46 am

Beef Jerky. I like this as a basic jerky recipe.

2 lbs thin sliced top round steak
4 TBSP Soy Sauce, or Teriyaki Sauce
5 TBSP Red Tomato Ketchup
1/2 TSP Salt
1/2 TSP Black Pepper, cracked or coarse ground
1/2 TSP Garlic Powder

Options are endless.
I've used Red Chili Flakes, tomato paste + sugar, and other cuts of beef. I've saved the marinade and after about 4 hours, I redipped the meat strips into the marinade, it puts a thicker coat of flavor on the jerky. I like the top round. I've doubled and quadrupled recipe, when shopping the sales.

Put all in bowl or bag, marinate 12 hours.
Lay strips out on Dehydrator racks.
Set temp to 160-170.
I dehydrate mine for about 8 hours in summer, 10 in winter. Timing will depend on the humidity in your area. I like drier Jerky.
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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#18 Post by Andy F » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:21 pm

The Recipe at website referenced https://www.food.com/recipe/hardtack-109814
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Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Combine flour with salt in a mixing bowl. Add water and mix with hands until the dough comes together. Roll out on a table to about 1/3 inch thickness. Use a knife to cut 3×3 squares from the dough. Place on baking sheet, and use a dowel (see note above) to make 16 evenly-spaced holes in each square. Bake for at least four hours, turning over once half-way through baking. Cool on a rack in a dry room.
I will be making a decent quantity, is my focus in next 2 weeks. What is your focus?
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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#19 Post by Andy F » Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:27 pm

Next week's projects, Hardtack and dehydrating cooked beans. In a grid down situation, using my Solar System, I'd prefer the following solution recipes for fast cooking beans. They take up same storage space as uncooked dry beans...but I will cook my own beans to my homemade recipes. Generally, I do not care for canned beans.They're blah and too high in sodium.

Dehydrating Beans -How To Make "Quick Cook" Beans - Self Reliant School.
https://selfreliantschool.com/dehydrati ... ook-beans/
Dehydrating Beans-How To Make "Quick Cook" Beans. The biggest reason you might want to dehydrate cooked beans instead of using uncooked dry beans is cook time. Dehydrated cooked beans will require little more than rehydrating. In an off-grid situation this would save time and fuel. I started with three cans of beans. Here are my before pictures.

Calbeans - Dehydrating Beans - Try It!

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Re: Dehydrator & etc Recipes, Meals in a Bag or Jar

#20 Post by Farside » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:00 am

Farside wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:43 pm
Last year I grew a lot of kale and my family doesn't eat a lot of kale so I had lots of complaints. This year I'm still going to grow lots of kale, but this time I'll dehydrate it and turn it into a powder that can be added to stews and soups. I'll do the same with swiss chard because my family thinks it tastes like dirt, and to be fair I tend to agree :-)
I harvested the first cut this past week. In all about a shopping bag full. Once it was dried and blended into a powder, it makes up about 1 1/2 cups. If I can fill a quart mason jar before the season is done I'll be pretty pleased.

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