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Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Huntsman247 » Fri 02 Mar, 2018 8:23 am

OK. I'm looking for some recipe ideas for some 'easy to make on the trail' lightweight deserts. I've usually opted for just having dehydrated fruit and some chocolate. But looking for some ideas to lift up spirits a little more with hydrated deserts. However anything that requires the use of more than one pan or extensive washing up is off the table. What do you guys bring?
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Warin » Fri 02 Mar, 2018 9:14 am

There are a few here https://thru-hiker.com/articles/PackLig ... m#puddingv

There are 'instant pudding' mixes .. Chocolate Mouse, Vanilla for example. There 'require' refrigeration - think leaving them out at night would be sufficient. Most require beating .. so a fork and energy? And some require milk .. so milk powder. These could be solutions..
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Huntsman247 » Fri 02 Mar, 2018 11:35 am

Warin wrote:There are a few here https://thru-hiker.com/articles/PackLig ... m#puddingv

There are 'instant pudding' mixes .. Chocolate Mouse, Vanilla for example. There 'require' refrigeration - think leaving them out at night would be sufficient. Most require beating .. so a fork and energy? And some require milk .. so milk powder. These could be solutions..


That's a great resource. I will definitely experiment with a few there.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 09 Mar, 2018 1:15 pm

My SD brought me back some Astronaut Strawberries from the Smithsonian USA, I really like the freeze dried mixed in the instant pudding
Small packs available at Coles etc as snack crisp fruit
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby ofuros » Fri 09 Mar, 2018 7:06 pm

Popcorn while watching the twinkling stars above, is a savoury option I don't mind every now & then.
Lightweight. Easy to pop.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Tortoise » Fri 09 Mar, 2018 7:14 pm

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Warin wrote:There are a few here https://thru-hiker.com/articles/PackLig ... m#puddingv

There are 'instant pudding' mixes .. Chocolate Mouse, Vanilla for example. There 'require' refrigeration - think leaving them out at night would be sufficient. Most require beating .. so a fork and energy? And some require milk .. so milk powder. These could be solutions..


That's a great resource. I will definitely experiment with a few there.

We used to set them in a creek - strategically held there by rocks etc.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby ofuros » Fri 09 Mar, 2018 11:47 pm

Tortoise wrote:We used to set them in a creek - strategically held there by rocks etc.


ditto for wobbly jelly... :wink:

How about a vanilla bean powdered custard with your favourite biscuit crumbled over the top, digestives or ginger nuts to add some crunch, or fruit & nut chocolate shavings slowly melting in. :)

Once in a blue moon I might make a sticky date pudding, decadent & rich...and it will blow the dial off the sweet-o-meter. :lol:

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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Orion » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 12:11 pm

ofuros wrote:Popcorn while watching the twinkling stars above, is a savoury option I don't mind every now & then.
Lightweight. Easy to pop.


Popcorn is a staple item on my trips. But I consider it an appetizer. I think it goes quite well with whisky.

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I can't offer any suggestions for dehydrated desserts. I don't have much of a sweet tooth and generally despise desserts, with some exceptions.

But I do pack dessert and most of the time it's chocolate. Not supermarket chocolate though. I bring the expensive gourmet kind. The stuff I've taken a liking to recently sells for $8+ USD per 50g. It's quite expensive but amazing. I find I don't need very much to be satisfied; a 50g bar is good for 3-4 nights, easily.

I'm not sure where you'd find that level of quality in NSW. The chocolate that I've tried in Australia, even the fancier stuff, has been disappointing. But I haven't looked that hard.

I'm sure that doesn't help. :-)
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Warin » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 1:13 pm

ofuros wrote: ginger nuts to add some crunch


Arr ginger nuts .. they change depending on where you get them ..
in NSW they are hard, a good test for teeth or dunk them in tea.
in some other states they are softer .. and thinner if I recall correctly.

Not certain which I like best. But crumbling the NSW kind would need a good rock. :)

Chocolate, dark chocolate of course .. I like the Aldi kind .. the cheaper one (I'm reluctant to try the more expensive one as I may like that better) ..
look at the % cocoa .. the one I like has 45% minimum.

Aldi do a number of dried fruits - mango, cranberries, apricots (partially rehydrated) and presently bananas.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 1:33 pm

Point of order here.
The only correct way to rehydrate dried apricots is with equal amounts of good honey and brandy and then eaten with really thick creamy custard
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Orion » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 4:17 pm

There are four different versions of Arnot gingernuts. I think I've had three of them. None of those are as good as Griffins, the super hard break-your-teeth gingernuts from NZ. All I can find here in CA is McVitie's, which is the worst of the lot. Tempted to try and bake my own but I suspect it's not easy to get them right.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Warin » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 6:52 pm

Orion wrote:There are four different versions of Arnot gingernuts. I think I've had three of them. None of those are as good as Griffins, the super hard break-your-teeth gingernuts from NZ.


Never heard of them ...
"There's no gingernuts taste quite the same, ask for Griffin's Gingernuts by name!"

Looks like Wollies in oz stock them .. I'll have to do a comparison :wink:
Oh .. they are also in 'the reject shop'.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Orion » Sun 11 Mar, 2018 2:25 am

They can be found in Australia but not at every Woolies or every Reject Shop. In Tasmania I've only found them once, at the Reject Shop in St. Helens. If they're sold in Hobart somewhere I'd like to know about it.

I think the notion behind the Griffins is that they hold up well when dipped in a hot beverage. Eating them as is likely increases your chance of a dental accident. They taste really good though. I ate countless Griffins gingernuts on a combined NZ/Tas trip a year ago. I ate them on bushwalks. I ate them in town. Then I took about 8 packages home with me.

Here in the U.S. we don't have gingernuts per se. The ginger cookies are called "ginger snaps" and are smaller and not as hard. Not really the same thing.


Not really a dessert, though. A breakfast tea or coffee thing. Or maybe a lunch snack.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Huntsman247 » Tue 17 Apr, 2018 5:08 pm

Warin wrote:There are a few here https://thru-hiker.com/articles/PackLig ... m#puddingv

There are 'instant pudding' mixes .. Chocolate Mouse, Vanilla for example. There 'require' refrigeration - think leaving them out at night would be sufficient. Most require beating .. so a fork and energy? And some require milk .. so milk powder. These could be solutions..


Tried the pudding out. I was quite impressed. I'm bringing some from now on if we will be camped next to a river or creek. Cheers.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Huntsman247 » Tue 17 Apr, 2018 5:20 pm

ofuros wrote:How about a vanilla bean powdered custard with your favourite biscuit crumbled over the top, digestives or ginger nuts to add some crunch, or fruit & nut chocolate shavings slowly melting in. :)


Does the custard need setting? Or does it just thicken without the need for chilling?
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Huntsman247 » Tue 17 Apr, 2018 5:33 pm

Warin wrote:
ofuros wrote: ginger nuts to add some crunch


Arr ginger nuts .. they change depending on where you get them ..
in NSW they are hard, a good test for teeth or dunk them in tea.
in some other states they are softer .. and thinner if I recall correctly.

Not certain which I like best. But crumbling the NSW kind would need a good rock. :)

Chocolate, dark chocolate of course .. I like the Aldi kind .. the cheaper one (I'm reluctant to try the more expensive one as I may like that better) ..
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Aldi do a number of dried fruits - mango, cranberries, apricots (partially rehydrated) and presently bananas.


I had a fresh apple last towards the end of a multiday recently. Ended up sauteing it and melting some dark chocolate with it. Then added some chopped up 'Bear Naked peanut butter bar'. It wasn't bad but cleanup wasn't as easy as I would have liked. Think I might just eat the chocolate as is next time.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby ofuros » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 6:53 am

Huntsman247 wrote:
ofuros wrote:How about a vanilla bean powdered custard with your favourite biscuit crumbled over the top, digestives or ginger nuts to add some crunch, or fruit & nut chocolate shavings slowly melting in. :)


Does the custard need setting? Or does it just thicken without the need for chilling?


Simmer for 2-3mins & it will thicken before your very eyes... :wink:
Experiment with custard powder at home before trying in the bush.

..and since there was a backlash against the poor old ginger nuts...try some crumbled butternut snaps instead. :lol: :wink:
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby ribuck » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 7:45 am

Instead custard sachets from larger Coles supermarkets.

You can use hot or cold water, they're ready after 15 seconds of mixing, nothing else is needed as they already include powdered milk (and the sugar mentioned in the instructions isn't needed as they're already quite sweet).

You can mix them in the sachet and eat them from there (with care) so there's nothing to wash.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby ofuros » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:16 am

ribuck wrote:Instead custard sachets from larger Coles supermarkets.

You can use hot or cold water, they're ready after 15 seconds of mixing, nothing else is needed as they already include powdered milk (and the sugar mentioned in the instructions isn't needed as they're already quite sweet).

You can mix them in the sachet and eat them from there (with care) so there's nothing to wash.
Seperate sachets...I'll have a look for those next time I'm in the supermarket.
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Re: Dehydrated light weight deserts

Postby Huntsman247 » Sun 22 Apr, 2018 5:52 pm

ofuros wrote:..and since there was a backlash against the poor old ginger nuts...try some crumbled butternut snaps instead. :lol: :wink:


I think the ginger nuts will be fine. Sounds like they can hold their own... :lol:
Btw I tried popcorn the other day on a trek. Brilliant idea! It's a regular now. Smells amazing when your tired. lol. And gives you something to do in the evening.
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