Sources for dehydrated ingredients other than Amazon – and preferably Mpls MN
Feb 9, 2022 at 9:30 am #3739662
Here’s another rabbit hole – Seems as convenient Amazon is to get all the dehydrated ingredients for my backpacking food, the cost can often be 2 or 3 times higher than locally or other on line grocery stores. (That’s similar or same items and google search results)
Who here might know of a couple or 3 stores that have most if not all dehydrated common foods either in the Mpls MN area (west side hopefully) or online stores that I might use where cost + shipping is much less expensive than Amazon.
I want convenience of fewer stores to check into, low cost, and great availability…. and heaven forbid, not, ‘PICK 2.”Feb 9, 2022 at 9:54 am #3739664
Try searching with “bulk dehydrated food” or “bulk dehydrated ingredients” via your search engine of choice. I’ve bought from several companies because I have special requirements for foods, but I’ve been pleased with most everything I’ve gotten. Tons of options online; I’ve no idea about your local options, though.Feb 9, 2022 at 10:40 am #3739675Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Point your browser to MaryJanes Farms and follow the links in the home page.Feb 9, 2022 at 3:44 pm #3739716
Huh. I hadn’t tried the specific search term, “bulk dehydrated ingredients.” That actually narrows the search to the kind of sites I can check out pretty quickly.Feb 9, 2022 at 5:56 pm #3739733
Glad that it helped. I’ve found that the trick with searching is to be as general as possible in my ideas, and as specific as possible when I search for them. That’s an awkward description, but it’s accurate.
Mary Jane’s looks AWESOME. I’m filling up the cart already. Thanks for that lead!!Feb 9, 2022 at 6:27 pm #3739744Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I have not found any Mary Jane’s soup or dinner entree I do not like. Her oatmeal is pretty good too.Feb 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm #3739759matthew kModerator
Honeyville has some high quality FD products that I’ve been very happy with. I like their meats (particularly the diced ham), veggies and fruit.Feb 10, 2022 at 5:34 am #3739772JCHBPL Member
Wow! Visited the Honeyville shopping site and while I didn’t spend a lot of time searching, I could not find a single item that was in stock! Another pandemic casualty I suppose.
Mary Jane Farm seems like a great alternative to pre-packaged/FD meal but holy cow they are expensive. $43 for 3 lbs of dried black bean flakes? Buy that twice and you’ve paid more than you would for my dehydrator of choice. 3 lbs of beans cost less than $3 at the grocer. I bet even dehydrating canned beans would be orders of magnitude cheaper. Yeah, it’s more work, but you end up with exactly the meal you want.Feb 10, 2022 at 10:19 am #3739790DWR DBPL Member
Mexicali Rose for beans
Santa Fe Bean Company
Uncle Ben’s Instant Rice
Near East Couscous
Dehydrated HummusFeb 10, 2022 at 11:58 am #3739797
$43 for 3 lbs of dried black bean flakes?
3 lbs of beans cost less than $3 at the grocer.
How many pounds of prepared beans does it take to make three pounds of dried bean flakes?Feb 10, 2022 at 11:58 am #3739798
The cost of most pre-packaged backpacking food is a bit prohibitive, so I opted to go with backcountryfoodie.com also for really great food that I tailor to my liking, and $400 later have lots of dry ingredients. It’s just that I got a bug in my shorts to find stuff locally or cheaper than Amazon (again), and other than pickup up this-and-that at local-ish co-ops Amazon has been a central location to shop.
I found n0-sodium Herb-Ox dehydrated chicken bullion quite a bit cheaper until shipping costs kicked in. We use Amazon Prime for a lot of stuff, even at the heavy subscription cost, so I guess it averages out.Feb 10, 2022 at 1:03 pm #3739811JCHBPL Member
How many pounds of prepared beans does it take to make three pounds of dried bean flakes?
No idea really, but for the math to come out even it would be 14.33 lbs of dry beans (14.33 x $3 = $43).
I’m not trying to be negative about anyone’s food choices, but simply pointing out that if cost is any significant element of your personal equation, dehydrating your own starts looking pretty good. And also answers the question of where to source ingredients :)Feb 11, 2022 at 3:24 pm #3739969Worth DonaldsonBPL Member
I don’t know if you have a BigLots but I am amazed at the selection of items they have that is perfect for backpacking. The products are not short dated and there is a savings over the grocery store. This is where I tend to purchase granola, dried fruit, pasta and soup mixes, instant potatoes, etc..Feb 11, 2022 at 4:07 pm #3739971Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I’ve bought some bulk dehydrated food from Winco. I’m sure some other grocery stores are the same.Feb 11, 2022 at 6:51 pm #3739985
Arg. Another web site, $10-ish for 2 dehydrated bouillon jars, $10-ish for shipping.Feb 12, 2022 at 12:33 pm #3740032AK GranolaBPL Member
Try the Eastside Food Co-op or anywhere you can buy in bulk. Usually cheaper plus you can buy a small amount to see if you like it.Feb 12, 2022 at 3:18 pm #3740060Chris RBPL Member
I’ve used Hoosier Hill Farm products quite a bit. Lots of good dairy powder mixes etc. They were also very generous in helping me return an order that stalled at the Canadian border when customs wanted to charge 250% duty on my bulk order.Feb 12, 2022 at 5:34 pm #3740061Feb 13, 2022 at 7:52 am #3740092
Unless they’re small, $10/2 jars of good bouillon is pretty good; that’s enough for a few quarts of stock, and good stock is not cheap (unless you make it yourself).
If you have the time, it seems like making things yourself might be more palatable to you.Feb 16, 2022 at 12:38 pm #3740571
Interesting info from Mary Jane’s Farm; now we know how many pounds of beans equates to a pound of bean flakes…
We take raw beans which are around 10% moisture, soak them, cook them, flakify and dry them down to approx. 5% moisture. In those terms it takes 1 lb of raw beans to make about 1/2 lb of flakes. Like taking a piece of fruit and dehydrating it to where it is shelf stable.
So there we have it…a 2:1 ratio. And then there’s the sourcing, prep, washing, soaking, cooking, flakifying – which is totally a word, now – dehydrating and packaging, which accounts for a slight bit of the monies.Feb 16, 2022 at 3:51 pm #3740592Tom MBPL Member
If you are looking for goods to rehydrate (freeze dried) check out https://www.thrivelife.com/shop Lots of variety and great tasting.Feb 26, 2022 at 8:42 am #3741631Worth DonaldsonBPL Member
Before the pandemic http://beprepared.com was my go to site for bulk freeze dried in #10 cans. At one point they would test the waters with items not usually found like: salmon, shrimp, crab (I wished I purchased more than 1 can!), cauliflower, squash, carrots. Nowadays, all I really see are mainstream common meat and vegetables items everyone sells and at inflated prices.Mar 8, 2022 at 9:39 am #3742643
I buckled and purchased sodium-free bullion from Amazon: 2 x 3.3 oz chicken for $13 USD and same in beef for $16 USD. These would go for about $3 – $5 more per jar if I could find them locally. Trouble is Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Jubilee, Lunds, Cub do not carry sodium free except in the expensive individual packets and that doesn’t fit either with pre-making my meals.
Ah well. I pay big bucks for tarps, cordage, shoes, and everything else that saves weight.
Addendum: Walmart will sell me 12 jars at about $3.50 each, but I don’t need 12 jars for as long as I can forcast.
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