We sit down with our friend Kristin Retterath in this episode to talk about dehydrating your own meals. As daunting as it seems to some, including me, Kristin shows that it’s a simple process and can save you money. We talk about different meal ideas, dehydrating fruit, what to look for when purchasing a dehydrator and more.

Have questions? Join in on the discussion with Kristin over on the Rokslide Forum! https://www.rokslide.com/forums/threads/dehydrated-meals-diy-with-kristin-retterath.139115/

Dehydrator that we use: Cabela’s 80L Commercial-Grade, $299.99. https://www.cabelas.com/product/CABELAS-L-COMMERCIAL-FOOD-DEHYDRATOR/2339805.uts?slotId=1

Rokslide writer Becca Moffat created a great thread a while back for Freezer Bag Cooking recipes. Find it here -> https://www.rokslide.com/forums/threads/freezer-bag-cooking-post-your-recipes-here-to-share.1629/

1:00 - what to look for in a dehydrator 
6:30 - metal trays vs plastic trays
7:45 - fruit
14:45 - meat slicer for consistency
18:30 - expense of purchasing pre-made meals
20:35 - what meals Kristin dehydrates
25:15 - what does she put the meals on to dehydrate
28:15 - dehydrate all together or mix together later?
31:00 - dehydrating foods with higher fat content
32:45 - vegetables
38:15 - bags to cook in
42:00 - fruit and jerky at the same time?
43:45 - cleaning
46:30 - how long to dehydrate? 
48:15 - what temperature to dehydrate?

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Jordan Budd
Jordan Budd was born and raised on her family's cattle ranch near Rushville, Nebraska. Growing up on the ranch provided numerous opportunities for antelope, mule deer, whitetail, turkeys, and predators. Having always rifle hunted, during high school she bought a bow and taught herself archery and every since has been hooked. Videography and photography has also been a passion of hers since high school, and in 2014 she was brought onto the show Best of the West TV as a field producer and editor, filming hunts during spring and fall throughout the West and other regions including Alaska, Canada, and New Zealand. She now lives in Cody, Wyoming and works full time for the show. She thoroughly enjoys the backpacking life while testing out gear, scouting the high country, taking photos and just enjoying the time around wildlife and being in the outdoors. She loves writing articles and making videos to pass on what she has learned to benefit fellow hunters heading into the field.