Hiking Food : Dehydrating Hummus

Of all the meals that I plan for the bush, the one that I always struggle to feel inspired by is lunch.

For the times when I’ve been busy in the week and can’t be bothered to plan too hard, I’ll go for my ‘standard’ of a small foil packet of salmon or tuna, some rice crackers and cheese. After 10 years, this gets pretty boring, especially if you’re on an extended walk of 4 days or more.

Recently, (after being inspired by reader Bernie Boo in a comment) I decided to experiment with making my own hummus at home and dehydrating it. All I can say is, “yum”! Sure, you can buy commercially made dehydrated hummus, but why bother when it’s so cheap, tasty, quick and easy to make your own.

Staples in my pantry

Staples in my pantry

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  • 400g can chickpeas (drain & rinse)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of smoky paprika
  • 60ml water (or enough for good consistency)
  • 100ml olive oil
Wizz until consistency right

Wizz until consistency right

Basically, I just chucked everything except the oil and water into the blender and wizzed it until the consistency was good, then just drizzled in the oil/water until it was smooth and lump free.

Then it was simply a matter of spreading out the dip on the dehydrator flat tray (or use aluminium foil to make your own inlays for the ‘holey’ trays) and dry until crumbly like kitty litter.

The time it takes will depend on a variety of factors like the power of your dehydrator and the humidity in the air. Mine took about 8 hours during a Sydney Winter’s day.

Spread out thinly on inlay trays

Spread out thinly on inlay trays

Don’t forget to use the other trays for drying other savoury items at the same time. I dried some red capsicum (peppers) to go with the dip!

Yummy happy campers

Add water to bag at camp and enjoy! (Oops – a bit too much water in this first test!)

When it’s finished, pop into portion sized ziploc bags, label and store in the freezer for your next outdoor adventure.

Then at camp, simply add water to the bag and squish/squeeze it around to rehydrate and enjoy with crackers or whatever takes your fancy!

I’m so excited by the outcome that I’m now going to experiment with dehydrating some babaganoush (eggplant dip) and a few other combo’s to keep the variety up.

TIP: Before putting into the ziploc bags, put the dehydrated hummus through the blender again to reduce it to a fine powder. This will help it to rehydrate quicker with a smoother consistency.

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Comments

  1. Bernadette says

    Well I can certainly agree that dehydrated hommus is an absolute winner out on the track. It makes lunches so much more interesting. I have a few friends that have adopted this wonderful treat. Just a reminder where the idea came from for your blog (see comments from your first dehydrating blog). Although I must admit that I got the hommus idea from a fellow bushwalking friend Michelle who is the absolute queen of dehydrating and has the most creative ideas I have ever seen.

    • says

      ABSOLUTELY Bernie! Oh, I am so sorry, I couldn’t remember when I did the post who had suggested this and it didn’t even dawn on me to check back. All glory to Bernie! Thanks again, it really was delicious and totally made me look even more forward to lunch than ever before… If that was possible.

      • Bernadette says

        Thanks for the correction, I will use your recipe though, sounds good. I love baba ganoush and will be interested in how it turns out for you. I created more work with the hummus as I am using dried chick peas. Soaked overnight and into the pressure cooker for about 15 minutes (1.5 cups water to 1 cup soaked chick peas and a half teaspoon of salt). Normally cooking chick peas can take hours to cook in the normal way, the pressure cooker is brilliant. Going to Green Gully in two weeks and I think everyone is bringing dehydrated hummus!

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