Do you want an easy and economical way to add greens to your backpacking meals? Spinach is my vege of choice as it goes with everything and it’s a quick no fuss, no prep dehydrating project.
Place baby spinach leaves on dehydrator trays. A 12 ounce bag fills my 5 Nesco trays.
Dry the leaves. On my Nesco, I set temperature to 125F and cook for 8-12 hours. I rotate trays maybe once or twice. Leaves need to be dry and crunchy.
Crumble the leaves. I like filling a gallon ziplock bag and then mashing with a rolling pin. Any leaves that don’t crumble are not sufficiently dry. Either toss those leaves or put them back into the dehydrator. If you add to your completed batch you’ll run the risk of mold.
It takes about 20 ounces of fresh leaves to make 2 cups of dry spinach crumbles. I add a pinch or two to all my dinners before rehydrating such as mashed potatoes, rice-based meals, hummus, etc.