I've been thinking about a light weight solution to emergency food rations should you have to leave your home for a few days in a hurry. We have a food dehydrator and a vacuum sealer. Why not combine the two for an easy to store, easy to pack food source that does not need refrigeration?
I made some seasoned zucchini chips, three kinds: garlic, plain salt and Montreal Steak. No, they don't taste like potato chips, but they are crunchy plus it's extremely good for you and creates a sense of fullness. They can be a good alternative to snack foods when you need a little something. I also dehydrated some heirloom tomatoes which, when finished, are completely flat but retain all the great heirloom flavor compacted into a little bite. The flavors explode in your mouth! Rich and sweet. They can also be used as a snack or thrown into your soups or crumbled onto breads or pizza. They are a good source of vitamin C. As strange as it may sound I am always concerned about scurvy- blame it on my history teachers as they discussed sea crossings!
Once I'm done I would have a complete meal, ready to eat with the cut of the bag. They are so light I could pack two or three meals for each day I anticipate being gone. I don't have to lug around heavy cans or worry about how to heat them up.
I'd have my water purification cup, available at Wal-Mart or on-line. I hope I won't need to but just in case, I'll grab my bag and off we go.
What do you think? Would this work for you?