How to Dehydrate Sausage

Sausage can add a big kick of flavor to any trail meal but dehydrated sausage is pricey in stores. Follow the recipe below and you can have your own dehydrated sausage on the cheap. Using a sausage with a lower fat content, like chicken or turkey sausage, will make it keep longer. If you are not going to use all of the dry sausage within about a month storing it in the freezer will extend it’s shelf life.


Prep time: 15 minutes

Dehydration time: typical overnight but varies by machine

Total time:  about a day

Serves 2

Tools Needed:

food dehydrator, cutting board, knife


  • 1 package sausage of choice.


Open the package and lay the sausage on a cutting board. Holding your knife parallel to the cutting board slice the sausage longways, into 1/8 inch thick slices. Cut the slices into bite size pieces. Alternatively, you can use a food processor to slice the sausage into thin pieces. Arrange sausage pieces on your dehydrator’s trays, being sure not to overlap the pieces and leaving space in between. Dehydrate until they are the consistency of beef jerky. Store in an airtight container. For long term storage you can freeze them and just remove what you need for each camping trip.

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