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How to Be a Food Packing Pro

How to Be a Food Packing Pro

A few tips to make sure your summer road trips are a breeze

Road trip season is officially underway! But for some families, having fun in the sun can be a hassle. Whether you’re packing up to explore the great outdoors or peruse ancient exhibits at a museum, FoodSaver offers a few tips to make sure your summer vacation is breeze.

Meal Prep

No road trip is complete without treats! Instead of gorging on junk food during the duration of the trip, take a few healthy alternatives. Prior to the trip, purchase a few of your favorite fresh fruits such as bananas or strawberries. You can even go on and peel the bananas, place them in a FoodSaver bag and vacuum seal the bag to keep the bananas fresher longer and avoid discoloration. For an extra special treat, whip up a few chunky chocolate chip cookies to take on the road. Seal in the cookies’ chocolate goodness with a FoodSaver vacuum seal bag.

Pro tip: If you’re hitting the road bright and early, prepare a fresh batch of muffins for breakfast on-the-go. Using the PulseVac™ feature on the Fresh Food Preservation System, vacuum seal the muffins to seal in the freshness for an easy and delicious breakfast treat.

Protect Your Valuables

Avoid the agony of losing a pair of earrings or even a wedding ring during vacation. Because as easy as it is to have one of those items go missing, it's just as easy to protect them. Break out the FoodSaver Fresh Preservation System and vacuum seal those valuables before your voyage. On your way back, you can even reseal the items using an easy-to-transport FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealing System.

Pack Light

Traveling with a family is no easy feat. Sometimes, we tend to overpack just in case anything pops up. One way to lighten your load is to cut back on toiletries. Lotions, soap, conditioners, shampoos and other liquids can take up a lot of room – and make your bag a lot heavier than it already is. Use FoodSaver vacuum seal bags to create small packets of soap, conditioner or whatever you may need for each day of travel.

Make the most of your summer vacation by hitting the open roads! With these tips, you’ll be prepared for every twist and turn. Bon voyage!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


What is Bark?

While working on food dehydrator recipes for mashed potatoes, I blended boiled potatoes and broth to a smoothie-like consistency and spread the mixture thinly on dehydrator trays. The potatoes dried into brittle sheets that easily broke into what I call, "Bark."

Potato bark tasted pretty good as a ready-to-eat snack, especially sweet potato bark, but with the addition of hot water, the bark reconstituted back into mashed potatoes. I varied the flavor by blending the potatoes with vegetable, chicken and beef broth.

One thing led to another, and soon I was blending and dehydrating other starchy foods like beans, creamed corn, pasta marinara, and
pumpkin into bark.

  • When you cook and rehydrate bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin pie bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

Step-by-Step food dehydrator recipes for bark. Bean bark shown above.

Click any of the bark topics below for instructions and pictures showing how to make bark for backpacking meals and snacks:

    - Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge - Bean Bark Stew, Soup, and Spread - Corn Bark Stew (Vegetarian or with Ham) - Pasta Marinara with Beef and Peppers - Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
    - Dog Bark. Dogs love it!


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