Food Jabber – Dehydrating Olives

My friend WhyNot?! introduced me to dehydrated olives. WOW, what a fantastic multi-use piece of gold, or in this case green or black. Where else can you get flavor, healthy fat, sodium and 250 calories per ounce? They are equally good as a snack or as a flavor additive. While many people may need to avoid for the sodium content, hikers sweat especially in the summer and need to replace sodium. I prefer to replace mine with food rather than manufactured options.

I was running short on time so I didn’t shop around to find a nice big gallon jar. I’ve heard some Costco stores carry kalamata olives. I bought store brand green olives as I prefer over the black variety. Online research indicates nutrition is about the same.

Step 1

Drain, rinse, and pat dry olives

Step 2

Cut the olives in half

Step 3

Place the olives cut side down on dehydrator tray.

Pro tip: the liner trays (link) prevent small pieces from falling through and make it easier to transfer items to a bowl  

Step 4

Set dehydrator to 125F degrees for 8-12 hours

End result

I turned 48 ounces of raw olives into 8.5 ounces of dehydrated goodness. That’s 2200 calories in 2 cups!

Suggested Uses

Add to salads, tortilla wraps, meals, trail mix, or just enjoy one bite at a time.


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Me and My CRV – Eats on the Road

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need to bust your seams or your budget.

This is what I’ve learned.

  1.  Say NO to fast food and mini-markets (unless you don’t care about your weight, health, or budget).


a. Restroom use

b. Refilling water (just ask, I’ve been charged once, never been told no)

c. Ice (free at some McDonald’s)

2. Say YES to grocery stores and pre-planning

A benefit of having a car is you’ll be driving through at least small towns where you can resupply frequently, especially fresh food. I tend to stock my car before I leave home with non-perishables (i.e. bars, cereal, coffee, nuts, jerky, home dehydrated meals, canned meat, etc.), some semi-perishables (i.e. fruit, veges and tortillas), and the ice chest with perishables (i.e. hard boiled eggs, cheese, salad makings, etc).

While traveling, I usually buy the plastic containers of lettuce so I can easily add other fixings to make a salad, have a container to eat out of and store leftovers in my ice chest. 

Many places now have healthy, reasonably priced, prepared food options, and also have a microwave available for heating or cooking purchased food.

Many tiny towns have great deli’s with options beyond fried food. Dollar General is becoming a frequent presence along many of the backroads. You’ll find Walmart and Safeway in mid-sized towns, plus WinCo and CostCo in larger communities.

When it’s time to replace bars, buy them in boxes vs individually to save money. I buy my nuts in large containers at CostCo. If the local stores don’t carry what you like or need, order from Amazon and have them shipped to a place you plan to stay (i.e. friend or motel). They also have options to ship to a lockbox facility such as a grocery store. Retail mailing stores and UPS stores will hold packages for a fee. I don’t recommend sending Amazon to the USPS General Delivery as there always seems to be confusion since they prefer shipping FedEx or UPS.

When you stay with friends, prepare hard boiled eggs and other foods for the ice chest to give you some variety.

Budget funds for eating out. You’ll want a change. I got bored with my car options, plus you may want internet access. McDonalds has free internet but it’s painfully slow if you want to upload photos. Starbucks has faster internet. Many times library speeds are even better.
Tip: if you plan to visit places with problem bears such as Yosemite, Tahoe, Yellowstone, you’ll be told you can’t park your car with food in it. Usually there is a bear box nearby where you can stash a cooler or a small bin. After having a mouse get in my car in Washington, I recommend storing all food in plastic bins.

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