By J.S. Copper

Dehydrating foods is beneficial for camping and hiking, allowing for more compact food without the worry of spoiling. A warm bowl of soup will certainly hit the spot at the end of long day of hiking or camping in the wilderness. With a food dehydrator from your local kitchen goods store, you can easily make your own dehydrated soup.

Food dehydrators can be bought from home goods stores.

Step 1

Prepare your soup. If you are using a canned soup, open the can. If you are making soup from scratch, prepare and cook your soup as normal, with the exception of the amount of water used. A puree consistency is preferred to an overly watery consistency.

Step 2

Using solid tray liners or plastic wrap, drop the soup onto the tray in small circles no more than 3 inches in diameter. Keep the droplets thin, no thicker than 1/4 inch.

Step 3

Load the trays into the dehydrator and set the temperature for 145 degrees Fahrenheit; leave them until dry. Drying time will depend on many factors, including the consistency of the soup and thickness of the soup loaded into the trays.

Step 4

Once dry, carefully remove the dehydrated soup and place immediately into an air-tight glass container or a vacuum-sealed plastic bag.

Step 5

When ready to eat, place soup in a bowl and add boiling water to rehydrate. Heat the soup, and add more water as needed until satisfied with the consistency.