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Dehydrated mince dish tips
Jul 5th, 2015 at 10:15pm
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Morning all
Have just bought a Sunbeam dehydrator from Briscoes (one of their very rare sales......) for making jerky, dried fruits & veges etc..
Just wondering if anyone has any tips for dehydrating mince, chilli-con-carnes and suchlike?
For just plain dehy mince does it need to be cooked first or can you do it from raw?
How is shelf stability? Still refrigerate/freeze until I need to use it?

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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #1 - Jul 5th, 2015 at 11:00pm
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Still experimenting myself but from what I know you want to cook first, and try to keep minimal fat in it as that is what goes rancid. Have a read through this site, he is using breadcrumbs mixed in to help it rehydrate better:

http://www.backpackingchef.com/dehydrating-meat.html
  

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Reply #2 - Jul 6th, 2015 at 5:48am
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Thanks Sticknstring, thats a good read
  
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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #3 - Jul 19th, 2015 at 6:29am
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Only dehydrate it the week before you want to use it. The longer you store it, the longer it takes to rehydrate.
Fresh stuff just needs boiling hot water poured over it and then you can pretty much just eat it.
  
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Reply #4 - Jul 23rd, 2015 at 12:34am
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Thanks for the tip CraigC!
  
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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #5 - Jul 23rd, 2015 at 6:04am
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Gidday,
I have made up quite a few dishes in the same sunbeam dehydrator.  I have not had any issues with anything going rancid or off at all. 
I make stuff like spag bol, curry mince with quinoa, chilli con carne with rice or quinoa.  I make up a whole stock pot full, then portion it up into two cup portions which is a lot but I'd rather not be short of food after a big day on the hill.
As mentioned by others, get all the fat you can out, I get it as I brown the mince then skim any off the top of the pot once its simmered for a while.
I vac pac them, label them and freeze them till i need them. 
When I can Ill rehydrate during the day at camp while I hunt.
Good luck, it's a bit of fun and a bit addictive once you start making your own, plus they are heaps better than store bought jobbies.
  
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Reply #6 - Aug 2nd, 2015 at 11:41pm
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So, did a trial batch of Mexi-mince a few weeks back and just kept in the fridge until I had a chance to try it.
Starting weight was 400gm, went down to 100gm after dehy session.
Finally got around to trying it the other night (missus was out, bachelor dinner that night).
Added 300ml of boiling water stirred twice during the 10-15min soak and it came out beautiful! Hard to tell the difference between before and after.
Am looking forward to more concoctions!
Safe to say Backcountry won't be getting any of my business.
  
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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #7 - Apr 2nd, 2016 at 8:55pm
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Did some mexi mince. My mistake was smelling it before rehydrating.....dog biscuits anyone?

Doing a dehy weekend this weekend.

Venison rendang from Asian home gourmet sachets

Chicken olive tangine Anabelle recipe

Thai fish cake paste

Paula fritter spice paste ( not gonna dehy Paula for Stewart island!)

Orange chilli venison jerky

Bananas slices with maple syrup

Orange chilli spice for adding to fresh venison on the hill

Will try venison mince as less fatty.  Goes great with those long life wraps.....did I mention dehy Beetroot onion and pineapple...

Beetroot dips and hummus

Home made hot cross bun cruskits

The dehydrator and vacuum packer were expensive (gift from the missus) but loving it.


Want to have a crack at a McDonald's hamburger. Found a bit the kids dropped down under the car seat and it looked like it could be easily revived.
  
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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #8 - Apr 2nd, 2016 at 10:22pm
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Marlin708 wrote on Apr 2nd, 2016 at 8:55pm:
Want to have a crack at a McDonald's hamburger. Found a bit the kids dropped down under the car seat and it looked like it could be easily revived.


Mate, will be watching that with great interest......
  
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Reply #9 - Apr 3rd, 2016 at 2:50am
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Veni mince is very good, and I avoid using any butter in the cooking process.
  
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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #10 - Apr 3rd, 2016 at 3:16am
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El Jorge wrote on Apr 2nd, 2016 at 10:22pm:
Marlin708 wrote on Apr 2nd, 2016 at 8:55pm:
Want to have a crack at a McDonald's hamburger. Found a bit the kids dropped down under the car seat and it looked like it could be easily revived.


Mate, will be watching that with great interest......


Yeah looking forward to that trip report!
  

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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #11 - Feb 13th, 2017 at 4:23pm
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With dehydrating mince what sort of tray do you use, the ones I've seen just have racks which wouldn't really be suitable for mince?
  
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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #12 - Apr 4th, 2017 at 11:06am
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Hey Rich, sorry for late reply.
I usually cut tray liner out of baking paper until the mince starts firming up then remove the paper
  
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Re: Dehydrated mince dish tips
Reply #13 - Apr 7th, 2017 at 11:39am
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As the replies above have said less fat the better. +1 to using baking paper in the slotted trays.
We've been doing dehy spag bowl since uni trips to keep the cost and weight down. Throwing in mushrooms is fine.

After the mince is dried keeping it in the freezer will keep it dry and cold so any bacteria won't grow. Keeps it safe and stops the rancid flavour developing.
(Source - wife has a nutrition degree and is a cooking teacher)

Stewing up fruit and dehydrating that in thin layers gives you a fruit leather. Roll them up and it's great for snacks while glassing and giving you some sugar for the next climb  Grin
  

Waddya mean its not edible?
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