PAD2O Dehydration Assignment

Now that you have completed the hiking trip, you realize that reducing the weight of your pack is key to your enjoyment. Not to mention that less weight without losing the nutrition and quality of your food is also very important, especially on extended trips.

You will research a dehydration recipe, make the recipe for the class to sample and then post your experience to the Recipe Blog.

You can complete these assignments on your own or with a partner.

1.    Research the recipes.

·      Use books, magazines or the internet to find a dehydration recipe.

2.    Make the recipe for the class to sample.

·      Book a date for the dehydrator or use personal dehydrator or oven.

·      Purchase your food (enough for the class to sample, not a complete meal).

·      You will have to prepare your food, set up the dehydrator (your responsibility, not mine), let it dehydrate long enough, provide the class with a sample, clean up.

·      Be aware that the dehydrator will generally take 24 hours (give or take a few hours).

·      Ensure you give yourself enough time to complete all that (just using class time will not be enough). You will want to plan to use before school time, spares, lunch or arrange with your other teachers to ensure this gets completed.

3.    Post your recipes!

·      Make an actual post on the Recipe Blog.

·      Include:

Rate your recipe: * Maybe not  ** OK  *** Good  **** Excellent, I will make this at home.

Recipe: Include all ingredients and instructions.

Hints: Things that helped you be successful or things you would change to make it better.

Source: A proper bibliography.

·      Use pictures or quotes to spice it up.

Don’t leave this assignment until the end of the semester, because it won’t happen!!


  1. Fruit Leather
    Maya Halevy

    Rate: ****

    Serving: 2 baking sheets of fruit leather

    2 cups of grapes
    4 cups of cut pealed apples
    2 cups of pealed cut pears
    1 cup of water (1/2 cup for every 4 cups of cut fruit)
    Juice from 2 fresh lemons
    2 tbs of sugar
    Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)


    1.Rinse, peel and chop fruit.

    2.Place fruit in a large saucepan. Add a half-cup of water for every 4 cups of chopped fruit. Bring to a simmer, cover and let cook on a low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the fruit is cooked through. Uncover and stir. Use a potato masher to mash up the fruit in the pan. Taste the fruit to determine what and how much sugar, lemon juice, or spices to add (depending on the ripeness of the fruits and your selection of fruit, the batch will need a different quantity of flavour enhancers)

    3.Continue to simmer and stir until any added sugar is completely dissolved and the fruit purée has thickened (5 -10 minutes).

    4.Blend mixture thoroughly in a blender or food processor. Add sugar/lemon/spices if necessary. The purée should be smooth.

    5.Line a rimmed baking tray with cookie sheet. Pour out the purée into the lined baking sheet to about an 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thickness.

    6.Place the baking sheet in the oven. Set oven to 170°F. The fruit leather is ready when it is no longer sticky, but has a smooth surface.

    7.When the fruit leather is ready, you can easily peel it up from the cookie sheet. To store it, roll it in plastic wrap, put it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

    Hints: The fruit mixture needs to be poured evenly so that the baking will be uniform. I raised the temperature to 250°F for 2 hours and that sped up the drying process. Fruit combination can vary.

    Simple Recipes. How to Make Fruit Leather. Retrieved January 15, 2013.

  2. Dehydrated Jerky by Erin James and Julia Draper
    Rating: ***
    Serving: Around 20 people

    -Beef (2 pounds)
    -Soya sauce (1/4 cup)
    -Water (2 cups)
    -Garlic (6 cloves)
    -Liquid smoke (5 drops)
    -Salt&Pepper (1/2 tps. each)

    First, take the frozen beef out of the freezer. When the beef is still frozen but you can cut it, cut the slices thin. Put all of the ingredients in a container to marinate overnight. In the morning, put the beef into the dehydrator for 12 hours.

    Tips: If you want the jerky to be sweeter, just add some brown sugar. If you’re a fan of spices, you can always put in some cumin or hot chili powder.

    Hint: If there ends up not being enough marinate sauce, just add some more water until you have enough.

    Source: My dad.