Fabulous Foods for Backpacking: Raw/Uncooked Tomato Sauce

Tomato Basil Sauce
Recipe from Brenda Cobb, Director, Living Foods Institute, Atlanta, GA

Ingredients for approx. 2 sheets, 6 – 8 servings

3 C Fresh Tomatoes chopped (Roma are a good choice)
3 C Sun-dried tomatoes soaked 2 hours
1 ½ C fresh basil or 2 Tablespoons dried
2 – 3 cloves fresh garlic crushed
2 Tablespoons Lemon juice optional
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
9 Medjool Dates or 1 cup soaked 2 hours

Blend all ingredients in a food processor, adding water as needed for thick sauces.  Spread evenly on Teflon dehydrator sheets.  Dehydrate 6 – 8 hours UNDER 115⁰F to preserve enzymes, until sauce leather can be peeled off the Teflon in one piece.  Continue drying on the mesh covered trays until fully dry and pliable.

Alternate Quick Tomato Sauce: Spread prepared spaghetti sauce of your choice on Teflon sheets and dehydrate it as above for 6 – 8 hours on the sheets, then finished on mesh.  This is a cooked food, so use higher temperature, 150⁰F  for safe handling.

On the Trail

  • Rehydrate by itself in a lidded bowl, just barely covered with water. 1/2-2 hours
  • Lay 1/4-1/2 sheet on top of dry couscous, fill the lidded bowl with water, cover for 1-2hrs.
  • Add strips of sauce to any soup, lentils, or stew for extra tomato and basil flavor
  • Make tomato soup with approx. 1/2 sheet in about 3 cups of water, warm or hot. This is a good pick-me-up on a hot day or a “core-warmer” to carry in a thermos in winter.
  • Use sheets as veggie rollups eaten plain or filled with hummus, grains, cheese, beans, etc.


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One Reply to “Fabulous Foods for Backpacking: Raw/Uncooked Tomato Sauce”

  1. Regina, I was raised in the little town of Appalachia in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and your writing takes me back to my childhood. I used to spend hours wandering the mountain trails. I loved them and you make me want to return.

    I just watched one of your videos and was struck by how much information you shared. Even tho’ I’m not preparing for a hike, I was fascinated by your methods and your approach. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of them!

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