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In the most recent BPer magazine there was an article about how they helped a couple figure out how to eat better.  The article provided the obligatory recepies.  My question is if the pictures are of food that was re-hydrated or cooked normally?

We dehydrate our food and make some great meals, but our re-hydrated food does not look like that.  What are we doing wrong?  Green peppers never look freshly cut; beans split and do not look as if they just came out of the can, etc. etc.

Are we doing something "wrong", or did BPer just enhance the photos for the article?
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It was most likely "fresh" food shot. At least in my take on how it is done - I can tell you I have created thousands of recipes and getting a fab shot, even when my pro-photographer husband shoots them, is not easy. Dried food rehydrated will never be pretty.

PS: You are not doing it wrong. If it tastes good, that is all that matters!


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Food that's intended for aesthetics in a photo shoot doesn't have to be, and rarely is, edible.

It's illustrative and inspirational, but not accurate, in intention. Did Backpacker "enhance"? Maybe not, but they, of course, selected the best looking shot not the average. Otherwise where's the pine needles, wind blown grit and trapped flying critters?

In the backcountry I'll second sarbar, taste is what matters. In your experience does anyone refer to your "plating" when commenting on your backpack meals? If not how the stuff tastes is the true metric.
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yeah, if it tastes good..eat it. Who cares what it looks like

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One of the items in that article talks about dehydrating scrambled eggs.

I thought I'd heard that dehydrating eggs was a bad idea, that it was next to impossible to get that done with positive results.
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One of the items in that article talks about dehydrating scrambled eggs.

I thought I'd heard that dehydrating eggs was a bad idea, that it was next to impossible to get that done with positive results.

Yikes. Yes, that is a BAD idea for at home drying!!!!

Ova Easy eggs are the safe - and tasty - way to go at it :)

Methinks I need to go read the issue at the library...lol!


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They use glue for milk when photographing breakfast cereals, if that's any indication.

No, you're not doing it wrong.  I doubt anybody's recipes (when dehydrated and rehydrated) look like that.


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I'm typically horking down a hot mess from a bag after a long day. If it tastes good, bonus points. If it tastes really good, I may slow down a bit.

Some of my favorite food is Indian food. I've poured more attractive stuff out of diapers.

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OK, I just looked at the article on Zinio. STAGED. I could be wrong but ... yeah. Those bell peppers are not dehydrated ;-) The beans are canned and not dried yet.

And the eggs. Please do NOT dry eggs at home!!!! And to look that good, one has to prepare the gravy separately, then pour on.


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What month and year issue?

Okay, jan 2014, downloading to my iPad now. But, you know, from the photo I did get to see? I wonder if the "tip" in the text includes dumping in some peanuts and some fresh chopped green peppers to add some extra "crunch"?

ETA: apparently not. But that actually sounds like something I might try....
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Yeah, I'd eat fresh bell peppers - I LOVE 'em on food :) Crunchy, sweet and juicy!

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Yeah, I'd eat fresh bell peppers - I LOVE 'em on food :) Crunchy, sweet and juicy!

Cause sure right? There's no "law" the entire dish has to be dried?

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Exactly :)

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Don't green peppers have a lot of vitamin C?
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Yes! And that is one grey area where fresh or frozen is better than dried.....

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I do think that while looks are not paramount, it can make food more appealing, especially if you are acclimating to altitude, but more important, I think that texture is important. For three days, I can eat mush, but adding nuts, crackers, fresh produce, foraged greens or wild mushrooms can help make the meals more interesting on longer hikes.

A lot of commercial photography of food may look delicious, but is rarely made of what you think it is. Ice melts, whipped cream goes flat, the slightest amount of grease can cause glare or an oil sheen when captured under the lights of a photo studio.


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I'm typically horking down a hot mess from a bag after a long day.

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