I recently purchased a dehydrator, and have been getting more daring in my recipes. Most people I’ve spoken to mainly use their dehydrators for camping recipes like jerky and dried fruits and vegetables. I’ve been more into making powdered things so far. Sauces are nice to have in the freezer, ready to get tossed with pasta or rice for your next camping trip. But what I’ve been most impressed with it for so far is making powdered eggs.
Eggs can be tricky both car camping and backpacking. They are perishable and fragile. However, they offer so much versatility to camping recipes that they are often worth the effort. They are an excellent source of protein for either a quick or a lavish camping breakfast, and can also be used to bind dishes like baked pastas, or coat things like french toast (recipe coming shortly).
Here are some tips for dealing with them in both contexts:
- REI sells egg holders for carrying whole eggs, but they don’t hold very large ones. I like to use them for holding hard-boiled eggs.
- Another great way to transport eggs is to crack them together into a jar. You can squash the jar into a cooler this way without worrying about breaking them, and just shake the jar when you’re ready to scramble them.
- Backpacking is obviously the most difficult scenario to bring eggs into, unless they are dehydrated. You can buy them dehydrated, or try making your own.
I did a lot of research before attempting my own powdered eggs, and none of it sounded good. Some people dehydrate eggs after already cooking them, and some try raw. Many people have difficulty grinding the eggs into a powder. They complained that the rehydrated texture was grainy, or that the egg clumped up in the food processor from not drying completely or evenly. I had issues with getting the amount of water correct upon rehydration, and they turned out too thick the first time. But since then, I’ve gotten them right. And they are impressive.
I’m including my method for making your own dehydrated powdered eggs here. The recipe I made with the powdered eggs on my last trip is pictured here. I just rehydrated hash browns, eggs, and dehydrated cheese, and scrambled them together in some oil.
Please let us know if you have any of your own great methods for dealing with eggs while camping.
Dehydrated Powdered Eggs
Prep Time / Cook Time/
- 5 eggs
- Food processor or blender
- Medium bowl
- Dehydrator fitted with fruit leather tray insert
- Zip top baggie
- Crack eggs into a bowl. 5 eggs is the amount that fits best onto 1 of my dehydrator trays. Customize to your dehydrator and egg needs, splitting across multiple trays if necessary.
- Whisk the eggs very well, until fully blended and a little foamy.
- Pour the eggs carefully into the fruit leather tray of the dehydrator, ensuring that the dehydrator is placed on a level surface.
- Dehydrate eggs for 8-10 hours at 140 degrees, until fully dried and flaky. *The egg flakes are oily, and should easily scrape away without sticking to the tray when fully dry. If they are still sticky, leave the sticky portion in for more time.
- Transfer dried egg flakes to a zip top baggie and place in freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Remove eggs from freezer and blend in food processor or blender until completely powdered. If they stick to the sides, they are not dry enough. Put back into the dehydrator for more time.
- Store in zip top baggie in freezer until your camping trip.
- Add 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of cold water per egg directly into zip top baggie, so that you can dispose of it later without worrying about raw eggs contaminating your cookware.
- Let sit for about 5 minutes, or until the egg mixture looks like it did before you dehydrated it. When in doubt, add a little more water than you think.
- Use as you normally would in your favorite camping recipes.