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Dehydrating123: Why And How To Dehydrate Pasta

dehydrating123, how to dehydrate pasta

Pasta is a great base for healthy, nutritious and satisfying backpacking meals. It provides our body with glucose – the “fuel”, to power muscles and brain. As a complex carbohydrates, pasta digested more slowly that ensure a steady release of energy to keep you going throughout the day.

Very low in sodium and cholesterol-free, pasta also is a good source of dietary fiber, B-group vitamins, and minerals.

Why have you to dehydrate pasta if it’s already dried?

That’s a fair enough question. There are three key reasons:

  • Dehydrated pasta can be done very quickly, saving both time and fuel;

  • You can cook it on the trail without draining water off;

  • You can mix dehydrated pasta together with other foods like dried meat and powdered sauces to create one-pot meals.

What kind of pasta to dehydrate?

You can use any pasta; however, smaller and shorter varieties tend to work much better . That’s because they don’t take up a lot of space such as angel hair, spaghetti or similar pastas. On top of that long-shape pasta is a bit harder to bag, with sharp ends that may damage the packaging.

How to dehydrate pasta

Follow these 5 steps to properly dehydrate pasta:

Step 1
Cook your pasta in salted boiling water according to package instructions.

Step 2
Drain water off. Rinse pasta with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Step 3
Spread the cooked pasta on dehydrator mesh sheets or lined trays (for small pasta shapes) in a single layer.

Step 4
Dry pasta at 135F/57C for about 2-4 hours until hard.

Step 5
Put dried pasta into vacuum-sealed containers, jars or zip lock bags. Store in a dry, dark place at room temperature.

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12 Comments

  1. Sean on July 7, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    What kind of shelf life can I safely expect with this method? Thanks

    • Tanya Krezevska on July 10, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Sean! If pasta properly dried and stored it can last for years!

  2. Tracy on November 21, 2018 at 5:09 am

    is the measurement for the pasta before or after it’s been cooked and dehydrated? or is it the same either way?

    • Tanya Krezevska on November 21, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Hi, Tracy! Cooked and dehydrated pasta has almost the same measurments as uncooked, but takes less time to prepare.

  3. Michael on August 2, 2017 at 3:35 am

    To rehydrate, is it a 1-to-1 ratio of pasta to water?

    • Tanya Krezevska on August 2, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Yep. I use this ratio for almost all food I rehydrate. You can always add more water later to get the consistency you want.

  4. cynthia on July 14, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Could you dehydrate your cooked pasta on pasta drying racks?

    • Tanya Krezevska on July 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Hi,Cynthia! The room temperature is not enough for drying cooked pasta. To prevent spoiling and bacteria growth, you need to dehydrate pasta in dehydrator or in the oven.

  5. shanna on June 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Hi i have a question my oven only goes as low as 170F is that ok ??

    • Tanya Krezevska on June 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Hi Shanna! Yes, that’s ok. Just keep the oven’s door open for a few inches and be sure to flip the foods over several times throughout the drying process.

  6. Nancy on May 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks for these easy and straightforward instructions and time/temperature guidelines. I needed them today! 🙂

    • Tanya Krezevska on June 4, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Thanks, Nancy!

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