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224) Make dried food 19 Sep 2012

Food is good. Eat well. Don’t overanalyze this.

I’ve just started noticing how many food related to-do’s we’ve got on our list; there’s a whole bunch, more than any other category; which is interesting, no?

I brought this factoid up to John the other day over dinner, suspiciously, like it was somehow a potential issue or problem, or that it somehow pointed to some deeper, critical manifestation at play: evidence of some unconscious obsession with food perhaps?, or worse, a sign of some unknown, futile desire we’ll never fully grasp or articulate; (I worry about these things sometimes); but John, being John, made a good point, deadpan, in that mater-of-fact way he sometimes makes points (which I find both annoying and enamouring); he said: “what’s the problem?….of course we’ve got tons of food to-do’s on our list, food’s a part of life, and we all got to eat, so why not check-off to-do’s while we eat.” I’m paraphrasing but I think that’s the gist; which makes sense really; and I much prefer to look at it that way: We’re not freaks, we’re just practical! (Leave it to John to squash my mini-existential crises with a spoonful of pragmatism.)

So here’s yet another food related to-do to add to our large list of fun food challenges and experiments. After years of flirting with the idea of purchasing a food dehydrator, we finally got one. Having researched all the options, brands, methods of preparation, and so forth, we decided to go with the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. Reliable with great reviews, it cost us just over 100 bucks at Juicers4Life.

We’re now fully equipped to make quick, easy, light-weight snacks and dried meals for long-haul canoe trips and hiking treks, saving us a ton of free weight in our packs for things like books and more books.