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Getting started with DIY meals

Postby taipan821 » Mon 19 Jun, 2017 3:21 pm

Hello all

I want to start making my own dehydrated meals, but don't currently own a dehydrator

is there an Australian source for dried foods?
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Re: Getting started with DIY meals

Postby alanoutgear » Mon 19 Jun, 2017 6:13 pm

I'm not clear on what you mean by "is there an Australian source for dried foods"? Dehydrators can be bought pretty cheap and are a great and ongoing investment. You can also dehydrate meals in a standard oven - just Google how to do it.

Home dehydrated meals are generally made by cooking standard of slightly modified recipes and then dehydrating them in a dehydrator. It is a simple process and I generally use minced meat as the animal protein source for meals like Moroccan chicken, spag bol, lamb curry etc, and make sure the vegies are finely diced or grated.

They are far better and much tastier than the freeze dried commercial meals. I also cook and dehydrate rice and pasta as it rehydrates in a couple of minutes rather than simmering it for 10 minutes or so.

Cous cous is a great addition too and it is bought the supermarket, and Foster Clark's instant custard powder has been a dessert standby for decades - especially with some rehydrated dried peaches or apricots.

If you want to get adventurous, you can cook a cup muffin in a steam bath (ie in your pot) and they are great too.
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Re: Getting started with DIY meals

Postby taipan821 » Mon 19 Jun, 2017 8:13 pm

I was asking where I could buy products that have already been dried, such as dried veggies, dried mince etc. I don't want to go and buy a food dehydrator straight away
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Re: Getting started with DIY meals

Postby CasualNerd » Mon 19 Jun, 2017 8:53 pm

taipan821 wrote:I was asking where I could buy products that have already been dried, such as dried veggies, dried mince etc. I don't want to go and buy a food dehydrator straight away

packet soup mixes, stock powders, deb, instant cous cous, dehydrated peas, egg are all available at the supermarket. Stuff like dried mince is just as expensive as the meals from what I've seen.
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Re: Getting started with DIY meals

Postby andrewa » Mon 19 Jun, 2017 9:11 pm

Asian supermarkets have some amazing stuff - eg Victoria St, Richmond, if you're in Melbourne, but most cities seem to have a similar area.
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Re: Getting started with DIY meals

Postby nq111 » Sun 25 Jun, 2017 8:41 am

andrewa wrote:Asian supermarkets have some amazing stuff - eg Victoria St, Richmond, if you're in Melbourne, but most cities seem to have a similar area.


+1

A trip to an Asian Grocer and any standard supermarket and I can easily put together a lightweight, energy dense and tasty menu for a week's walk.
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Re: Getting started with DIY meals

Postby Eremophila » Sun 25 Jun, 2017 6:15 pm

taipan821 wrote:I was asking where I could buy products that have already been dried, such as dried veggies, dried mince etc. I don't want to go and buy a food dehydrator straight away


Backcountry Cuisine do a decent range of products:
http://backcountrycuisine.co.nz/bcc/ind ... ompliments

As mentioned above, Asian grocery stores are a good source. Good IGA stores have a great range of organic/health/wholefood/Asian products and you can put together some combos, such as instant ramen noodles with some dried mushrooms and shallots thrown in.

Couscous with various spices and additions such as pistachios, cranberries etc is also good - throw in a pouch of salmon and there's a good meal.
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Re: Getting started with DIY meals

Postby Tortoise » Sun 25 Jun, 2017 6:30 pm

Some health food stores are another great source of dried vegies. I've also used Besan (powdered chick peas), soy grits and dried soy milk powder to add protein to a cuppa soup base with dried vegies. Coles have dried fried shallots, which give a boost to lots of meals. Both Coles & Woolies have dried mushrooms in the Asian section.
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