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More meals

With the stock pile of dehydrated food running low thought it was an opportune time to get the Stockli dehydrator out again.

I’ve taken to just producing sauces rather than complete meals; I’ll simply add 125g of pasta or quick cook rice to the ziploc just prior to going out to create a complete meal.  This method saves a lot of dehydrator time (extra volume) as well as saving storage space (I keep my meals in the freezer) + I’ve found dehydrated cooked rice or pasta is ‘great’ for puncturing ziplocks.

Here are a couple of my simple recipes.

Boli Sauce

750g of lean minced beef sautéed in a dry frying pan then blotted with kitchen paper to remove as much fat as practical & then thrown in a big pot.

Added 5 medium onions (finely chopped), 4 (400g) tins of tomatoes, lots of garlic, 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs, 4 tbsp of paprika, tsp of chilli powder, black pepper, NO SALT.  Bring to boil & simmer until really thick, remove from heat & stir in 2 (200g) tubes of tomato paste.

Pot

Once cooled a bit the thick sauce can easily be spread over the trays, dehydrate at 60C for 6 – 8hrs.

Loaded tray

This made 560g of dry product giving 8 * 70g portions.

Chilli Sauce

750g of lean minced beef sautéed in a dry frying pan then blotted with kitchen paper to remove as much fat as practical & then thrown in a big pot.

Added 5 medium onions (finely chopped), 2 (400g) tins of tomatoes, lots of garlic, 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs, 4 tbsp of paprika, 2 – 3 tsp of chilli powder, 2 ‘Knorr’ beef stock pots, black pepper, NO SALT.  Bring to boil & simmer until really thick, remove from heat & stir in 3 (400g) cans of kidney beans (cutting the beans in half helps the rehydration significantly).

Once cooled a bit the thick sauce can easily be spread over the trays, dehydrate at 60C for 6 – 8hrs.  This made ~700g of dry product giving 10 * 70g portions.

16 hearty meals for less than £10.

Food packed

In the field

To prepare add the ‘sauce’ + 125g of pasta/ rice + ~500ml of water in a pot (I‘ll fill to the 600ml mark), bring to boil & sit in the cosy for 20-25mins (I like to add 25g of grated cheese).  Don’t forget to add salt to taste AFTER ‘cooking’.

Dehydrator Failure!

I did have a bit of a problem with the Stockli dehydrator, 2 hrs into processing the chilli the heater stopped working; coincidentally the 2 year warranty ran out 2 weeks earlier.

I managed to successfully complete the process in the electric fan oven, 60C (checked with a jam thermometer) with the door wedged slightly open with a clothes peg, the only problem was that I could only get 3 trays in the oven so it took twice as long as normal but it worked out OK.

Now to fix the dehydrator??

Repair

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7 comments on “More meals

  1. John J
    December 26, 2014

    Did you manage to sort the dehydrator? If so, what was the fault. Drop me an email if you’ve drawn a blank: johnjocys@hotmail.com
    JJ

    • Paul Atkinson
      December 26, 2014

      Still waiting to see if Stockli has the part, resistor like ‘thing’.

  2. John J
    December 26, 2014

    Surprise there are any resistors, certainly from looking at the photo. More likely a thermal fuse?
    What does it look like? What are the symptoms?

    • Paul Atkinson
      December 28, 2014

      I meant DIODE, my thinking the heater element may be only 110V rated.
      Timer & thermostat working OK; high temp cut out (bi-metallic) closed; heater element continuous but zero volts across it.

  3. John J
    December 28, 2014

    Is there a number on it? Something like 1N4007 / 1N5407? I’ll have some in my junk box, just let me have your address and I’ll send you a couple.
    Does the fan motor run?
    johnjocys@hotmail.com

    • Paul Atkinson
      December 28, 2014

      Fan OK. The lettering is pretty obscure; DYE XY3G DF110 110S ??? thought I’d nip into Maplin next week & pick up a 1A/ 400V diode ~ £0.50.

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