DIY Dehydrated Dinner in Your Air Fryer
The days of needing a fancy dehydrator are long gone, thanks to the air fryer.
Dehydrating food is an excellent solution that allows you to pack lightweight, nutrient-dense meals that can be rehydrated easily at your campsite. While we’ve featured some great premade dehydrated and freeze-dried meals in the past, we know they can get a bit pricey. We bet most of you have an air fryer sitting on the counter, but did you know it can replace a fancy expensive dehydrator? Sure, it makes just about the best reheated pizza ever, but we’ve also come to learn it’s a basic way to whip up our own DIY dehydrated dinner.
Air Fryer Dehydration
If you own an air fryer, you can use it to dehydrate food quickly and easily. Of course, each air fryer and recipe is different. It’ll probably take a try or two to get your technique down pat. Just like any dinner, the way you prepare and season your dehydrated option is entirely up to you. There’s really no hard and fast rules on how to do this stuff! That being said, here are some simple instructions to get you cooking (Ha, ha. Get it?):
- Choose the food you want to dehydrate, such as vegetables, fruits, starches, or even cooked meats (We don’t recommend this for your first try. Do more research first).
- Cut the food into thin, even slices. They should be no more than 1/4 of an inch thick.
- Prepare however you normally would, if it’s something you want to be cooked. Most sources recommend you cook fully before dehydrating.
- Arrange the food in a single layer in your air fryer basket, making sure that the pieces are not touching or overlapping.
- Set the air fryer to the dehydrate function and select the temperature and time based on the type of food you are dehydrating.
- Check on the food periodically and rotate the basket if necessary to ensure even drying.