Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dehydrated Spaghetti Sauce

Dehydrated spaghetti sauce is super easy to make and is great for backpacking trips or any situations where space and weight are a concern. 

This works best if you use less chunky sauces since the chunks are more difficult to dehydrate thoroughly. I used Catelli Sauce this time. Of course homemade sauce would be great, if you are into that, but I usually think of preparing this stuff the night before I'm leaving. 


Dehydrator with spaghetti sauce
1 jar of sauce on 4 trays
  •  Cover your dehydrator with parchment paper. Make sure there is still airflow.
  • Spread an even amount of spaghetti sauce around the tray. It should be less 5mm thick.
  • Dehydrate for 7 - 10 hours. You will know that it is done when it is completely dry and the consistency of a fruit roll-up. 
  • Peel the sauce off the tray and let cool
  • Pack in an air tight bag

Spaghetti Frisbee 


To use the spaghetti sauce simply add a bit of water and heat. Add water a bit at a time until it is the proper consistency. 

For backpacking, where fuel is a concern, I find that capellini (angel hair) pasta works best since it cooks quickly.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Building a new tiller

The tiller on Salammbo was looking pretty decrepit and it was time for either a refinish or a rebuild. Since the tiller had already been fixed at least once in the past, and wasn't looking great, I decided to go new. I also had some nice 1 1/4" thick white ash available from a paddle making project my Scout group did a few years back that I knew would look great as a tiller handle. White ash is strong and durable. 

  • The first step was to simply trace my old rudder onto the stock. I liked the existing rudder feel so have no need to change the shape. 

Tracing the tiller
Tracing the tiller

  • Cut out the rough shape with a jig saw. 

Rough cut tiller
Rough cut tiller
Rough cut tiller

  • I used an aggressive rasp to remove the bulk of the material. A less aggressive file tuned up the shape.
Rasp shaped tiller
Rasp shaped tiller

  • I used a power sander with 60 grit paper to smooth out the rasp marks and followed that up with 120 grit and then 220 grit.

Finished tiller
Finished tiller