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hi again...i know a lot of us have food planning in the back of our minds.  i
picked up a book called Cooking the One Burner Way last night because i was
bored and have to think about something other than boots, packs and said
ex-boyfriends.  anyway, this book doesn't specialize in dehydrating, per se,
but includes recipes that you can throw together pretty much from stuff found
at the grocery store.  

i am wondering about chicken.  in a couple of the recipes they have 'freeze
dried chicken' in the ingredients.  can chicken also be dehydrated?  similar
to jerky?  if not, where does one find freeze dried chicken? does
freeze-dried food have ANY nutritional value?  curious because chicken is so
versital (why can't i seem to spell that word right now??-brain fart).

well, for you recipe collectors...here's one from the book:

curry chicken
serves 4

2oz freeze-dried chicken
1 package freeze dried peas 
1 env. knorr leek soup
1 env. herb-ox instant chicken broth
3-4 tsp. curry powder
1 1/2 cups instant rice
coconut flakes/cashews/raisins or dried cranberries

Helpful hints: Bring 5-6 cups of water to a boil.  Add chicken, peas, leek
soup mix and chicken broth.  Set aside to rehydrate (15-30 minutes).  Add
curry powder.  Bring back to a boil and add minute rice.  Cook 5-10 minutes
until tender, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle w/ coconut, cashews, raisins,
etc. and serve.

***seems to me that to save on time and fuel you could rehydrate in a water
bottle during the day while hiking.  would this work??