Everything You Wanted to Know About Mountain House

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When it comes to food storage, there are lots of options.  There are canned goods, bulk items, dehydrated meals, MREs and, of course, freeze dried foods.  Whatever you decide to choose for yourself and your family is somewhat of a personal choice and given proper storage conditions, there is no reason not to have some of each.

Given the many choices, some will say that freeze dried foods are cost prohibitive but I find that is simply untrue.  When compared to packaged foods, fast food and perishable food that spoils while lingering in the refrigerator or on the counter, freeze dried food becomes a viable and cost effective option that is quick, convenient, and with careful selection, healthy.  For long term storage, there is nothing simpler, especially if you purchase complete entrée items in a #10 tin or a pouch.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Mountain House

When Mountain House recently approached me asking if I would like to sample their new, Just In Time Breakfast Assortment (available here and here), I jumped at the chance to sample the product and of course, to offer a complete bucket assortment to one lucky Backdoor Survival reader.

I also thought it would fun to put on my journalist hat and ask Kenny Larson, my Mountain House contact, some questions about the company and of course, the food itself.  But first, let me describe the MH “Just In Case Breakfast Assortment” and briefly run through my taste test.

The Mountain House “Just In Time” Breakfast Assortment

This newly launched bucket includes a dozen pouches of four Mountain House breakfast favorites, including scrambled eggs mixed with ham, scrambled eggs mixed with bacon, granola with milk and blueberries, and a breakfast skillet entrée.  The pouches are packed in a convenient, tote-able bucket with a shelf life of 10 years from the date of manufacture that is stamped on each pouch.

MH Breakfast Bucket Open Pouch 300

This is what the breakfast skillet looks like before adding water.

For the taste test, I chose the breakfast skillet entrée which is a combination of hash browns and scrambled eggs mixed with pork sausage, peppers and onions.  Now to be honest, I am not a breakfast eater so I chose to consume my breakfast-skillet meal for dinner.  Being familiar with Mountain House products, I knew that a single pouch would be sufficient for the two of us and I was not disappointed.

MH Breakfast Bucket - preparation 300

As with all MH meal pouches, you add boiling water, zip the pouch up,
let is sit for a few minutes, then eat!

While sometimes advertised as a wrap – and I could certainly see where the breakfast skillet would be suitable for snuggling inside a nice warm tortilla, I ate my meal the regular way: on a plate with a fork.  So what did I think?  It was a bit salty for my taste but Shelly (the Survival Hubby) thought it was perfect.  And he is an expert when it comes to eating breakfast!

For a non-breakfast eater like me, by my favorite MH products are still the Chili Mac and Beef Stroganoff!.

An Interview with Kenny Larson, Oregon Freeze Dry

To get the ball rolling, tell me a little about how Mountain House got started.

Oregon Freeze Dry, the parent company of Mountain House, was incorporated in 1963 in Albany, Oregon. Our original business was freeze-drying strawberries for breakfast cereals.

As the Vietnam War progressed, the Defense Department began looking for a better ration. We presented them food that was lighter and tasted better than what they had been using. That was when we started making the Long Range Patrol Ration*, LRP or “Lurp”.

As the war began to wind down, we had a large warehouse left of these rations so we sold them to local surplus and sporting goods stores. Returning veterans, wanting to use these superior rations to feed them on their outdoor adventures, quickly bought everything they could get their hands on. That’s when we realized that we had an exciting product on our hands and Mountain House was born in 1968.

* Just as a point of interest, our food has been in every theater of combat since Vietnam. We’ve also continued making the LRP since our first contract, now known as the MCW/LRP (Meal Cold Weather/Long Range Patrol). We also have a YouTube video highlighting our history.

In the past few years, I have seen a lot of food storage companies come on line. I have tried samples from many of them and some are great and others? Well, to be polite, not so good. That said, someone once told me that there were only a handful of companies manufacturing freeze-dried food.

So first of all, is that true? And if so, does Oregon Freeze Dry produce brands other than Mountain House?

We are the only company that freeze-dries and cooks our meals before packaging, as opposed to purchasing off-the-shelf components and assembling them just prior to packaging. When we make our meals in the cook room, it smells just like your kitchen does at home. That’s one of our secrets for making our food taste home-cooked. There is no other way to replicate true home-cooked flavor without actually cooking the food.

Our experience also plays a significant factor in why our food tastes better. We’ve been in the freeze drying business for more than 50 years! We know our process and have the controls in place to make sure our food lasts and tastes as good as we claim. Once we receive the raw ingredients we’re in control of the process from receiving, to cooking, to packaging, to shipping it to your favorite retailer. This ensures that when you eat our food you have the premium experience we promise.

Our experience means that we are comfortable saying that our food has the longest proven shelf-life, period. Claiming your food lasts x number of years based on extrapolations from laboratory testing under ideal conditions is one thing. Actually eating delicious and nutritious food that is 25+ years old is quite another. We’re the only company that have subjected our food to real world testing like this.

Finally, our main brand is Mountain House but we do freeze-dry ingredients for select white-label applications under our Oregon Freeze Dry brand.

How are your recipes developed and how often are they changed, if ever?

Our process used to involve a Sales Manager and Research Chef, who would come up with a recipe idea, then our R&D department would develop the final product. Once the recipe was finalized, we’d send it to production and the rest was history.

We’ve now modified our approach. Now it looks something like this:

a. Our Marketing Department comes up with a selection of recipe ideas pulled from consumer suggestions and general market research.

b. We test those ideas against panels of consumers.

c. We take the results of those tests to the rest of the company to see which of these are possible and which ones pencil out.

d. Once an idea is approved, our research chefs sets the parameters and hands the recipe to R&D to perfect it.

e. After we finalize the recipe, it goes through large scale testing in our production facilities. Sometimes something that works really well in our smaller scale testing doesn’t work in full-scale production. If a problem crops up, we fix it at this stage.

f. Once it works, we build our inventory and start selling.

Recipes change from time to time. As far as frequency, I can’t say for sure other than it happens on occasion. Whenever we do change a recipe, our number 1 goal is to make sure we still provide the same or better value to the consumer as we did before. We don’t want to “cheap-out” on the trust that we’ve earned over the years.

Does Mountain House carry GMO-free and Gluten-Free products? If so, what type of testing or certification has been done to assure the consumer that these statements are true?

We take the health and welfare of our consumers very seriously. We understand that some individuals have very strict dietary guidelines and we do our best to ensure we provide accurate ingredient information. We follow FDA rules on gluten-free claims which can be found here. The foods we classify as gluten-free are by their very nature, free of gluten.

We do processes gluten-containing grains in our facility; however, we maintain a rigorous sanitation validation program that helps us to demonstrate control of the cleaning and sanitation processes. Tests are used to determine if gluten protein is still present on equipment after cleaning and sanitizing. We use these tests to make sure our cleaning practices are in fact removing these proteins.

I strongly urge your readers to educate themselves on what ingredients are known to contain gluten since gluten labeling is not required in the United States. There are many grains other than wheat that contain it.

Let’s talk about packaging. What are the advantages and disadvantages of pouches versus tins?

The long short of it is that pouches are lighter and easier to pack around. Pouches, including the ones that come in buckets or kits, have a shelf-life of 10+ years. Cans are more durable, hold more food and have a shelf life of 25+ years.

Notice I added the ‘+’ to the end of the rating. That’s because we know that our food is still good to eat after those dates have passed. We say it this way because our food is indistinguishable from new up to the respective 10 or 25 years. After this time period, the food is still tasty and nutritious but we as a company don’t feel right about making claims to our consumers that would mislead them into believing that what they bought 30 years ago will be in exactly the same condition.

Like I said, it’s still nutritious and delicious, just not exactly the same.

It seems as though everyone is on a budget these days. What advice do you have for someone who only has $500 to spend on emergency supplies?

First thing I would say is don’t make freeze-dried food your entire solution. Emergency preparedness is a multifaceted and serious issue. For us to approach it with such a singular answer is short-sighted and misleading to our consumers.

We believe that Mountain House plays an important part in emergency preparedness but it is not the whole solution. Our goal is to help you bridge the gap between the short and long-term phases of your emergency preparedness plan.

For $500 make sure you have the basics for a 72-hour kit covered. Namely, water purification, protection from the elements, medical supplies and food that you like to eat. Have a method for communication for when your family is separated. GMRS radios and extra batteries are a good way to do this (I’m a big fan of hybrid rechargeable batteries).

I would also recommend that your 72-hour kit is packed in a backpack. This will leave your hands free to carry children, pets or important items if you have to evacuate. Where Mountain House fits in, is that it is light, delicious, easy to prepare and full of the calories and protein you need in stressful emergency situations.

The best way to build long-term food storage on a budget it to do it slowly over time. What I do is I buy just a few extra whenever I go to the grocery store. For instance, instead of one can of green beans, I buy two. Same thing with Mountain House or any other part of your emergency preparation. Build up slowly and over time, you will have a stocked pantry that can weather most any storm. As they say, ‘Slow and Steady Wins the Race.’

Just remember to rotate your food! This is one reason to stock Mountain House. Rotation can be a hassle, but with 25+ year shelf life, that is one of the pain-points we alleviate.

Two fun questions:  What is your favorite FD product and why?  And what is your least favorite?

This one is easy. I love our Chili Mac which just barely beats Noodles and Chicken. As far as my least favorite one? Cottage cheese in any form (freeze-dried or not). People tell me our stuff tastes pretty good but I’ll never try it. Cottage cheese and me have never been friends.

Does Mountain House have plans for any new products?

Yup. Stay tuned! Smile

Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers at Backdoor Survival?

We want your readers to know that we’re listening. We read the reader comments on Backdoor Survival and are happy when they don’t pull punches. This lets us know what we are doing right and what we need to fix.

Also we as a company want your readers to know they can trust us. I recognize the position your readers are in, reading an interview with a guy from the Marketing Department. That’s why I don’t want them to take our word for it. Take the word of the countless men and women who bravely defend our country and depend on our food to keep them going when things get crazy. Take the word of the countless people who depend on our product in extreme conditions when failure is not an option.

We recently received a nice note from a lady dealing with the terrible chemical spill in West Virginia. With her permission we shared it on our Facebook page. We were so happy to know that we were there to help feed and comfort in time of need.

Our food has powered people on the bottom of the deepest oceans, to the tops of the tallest mountains and all the way to the Moon and back. (We were on every Apollo mission). We’ve been at this longer than just about everyone else and we have the expertise that counts.

Finally, we want you to try before your buy. Call us up and request a sample. The last thing you want when you dip into your emergency food stores is food you or your children don’t want to eat.

The Giveaway

Okay – here is the part I know you have been waiting for.  To enter the giveaway to win a Mountain House Just In Time Breakfast Assortment, go to the comments area below and answer the question:

What new product or “meal” would you like to suggest to the Mountain House Research and Development team?

Or, if you can’t think of anything, what general question do you have for the Mountain House or Oregon Freeze Dry team?

The deadline for your entry is 6:00 PM Pacific on Thursday, February 27th.  A winner will be selected at random and informed by email. In addition, there will be an announcement in the Sunday Survival Buzz on March 2nd.  If the winning prize is not claimed within 48 hours, an alternate will be chosen.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.  As with all BDS giveaways, this giveaway is only open to visitors to the website.  Email and Facebook entries do not count.

The Final Word

I learned something new in this interview; namely that FD food that comes in buckets or kits have a shelf-life of “only” 10 plus years while #10 cans have a shelf life of 25 or more years. Good to know.  Also, it was good to hear, officially, that the food will still be edible, if not optimal, at the end of its shelf life.  As with all food storage, environmental factors definitely play a role in the longevity of any food. (These are described in The Six Enemies of Food Storage).

Everyone knows that when it comes to food storage, I favor bulk foods. That said, there is a definite place for freeze dried meals in your overall food storage strategy.  Realistically, can you imagine having 30 minutes to evacuate and carrying 20 pounds of beans and rice with everything else you need?  Of course not.

If you have never tried freeze dried meals, I encourage you to visit the Mountain House website page to learn more about their products.  And of course, you absolutely must enter the giveaway for a chance at winning a Mountain House Breakfast Bucket for free.  Good luck!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Mountain House — 209 Comments

  1. My question is I’ve seen freeze dried chicken before but never freeze dried steak am I not looking hard enough or can you not freeze dry steak?

  2. I also would like to see more soups. These are hot and filling and more servings could probably be placed in a bag. I have only tried one freeze dried meat and it was awful. But, I would like to ask, could the meat be rehydrated and then placed in a skillet to use as a stir fry, etc.?

    • Hum, let’s see BP flavored shrimp from La, or perhaps pacific salmon cooked by radiation. This is a survivalist website, right?

  3. I consumed many LRRP rations so many years ago – seems like yesterday. I have skimmed through the current MH offerings in search of the original LRRP packets with no luck. That is the offering I would like to see. Especially the Chile Con Carne! A trick we had back in the day was to open the packet in the am, add the water, close the packet back up, stick next to stomach under the shirt, and the meal would be heated up in the evening. That was before the chemical heaters (that usually fail anyway) were available. Or, you could eat dry and drink water, but you better have water and not eat too much at one time (LOL). I remember shortly after the war ended (VN) a rail car was found on Ft Bragg full of LRRPS. It was a closely regarded secret until all were consumed.

  4. I am always concerned about MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) in all it’s hidden forms as well. I feel that using MSG “to make it taste better” covers up poor quality. I did not say that pertains to MH. Why do so many add MSG to products? Even mainstream products have it in them.

    Does MH use MSG in it’s products?

    If so, MH has a customer.

  5. I was raised with the idea that there are three basic food groups: meat, taters, and chocolate. Having said that, I would like to see more beef products – maybe chicked fried steak.

  6. Great article – I found the process fascinating.

    We recently had a power outage & I pulled out the classic bucket I had bought. I really love that you can cook in the pouches as opposed to needing a pot or pan. The chicken teriyaki & chicken noodles we awesome, my son liked the granola & blueberries made with hot water.

    From that experience I’d love to see
    A build your own bucket where you could pick & choose pouches
    More non-egg breakfast offerings. I’d love oatmeal with brown sugar or maple
    Agree with more soups too

    Thanks for making a great product

  7. It appears Kenny Larson sidestepped the GMO question in Gail’s interview.

    Does Mountain House use organic products in making their foods?
    And are GMO products like corn and soy used?

  8. I would love to see a small care packet inside each meal. The basics, spoon, s+p,maybe a wet nap or even a small piece of after meal chocolate…
    When your on a long hike,it’s the little things that can make your day!

  9. All this talk of breakfast has gotten me hungry for pancakes! Is it even possible? Dang it! Now I have to go get some at Denny’s!!

  10. Duane is right! The packets should have the essentials. If you are stranded and can’t wash your hands, that small packet could keep germs at bay.

  11. Let me start out by saying that i really do enjoy MH products. Someday when i can loosen the purse strings a bit i plan on having a full cache. I have a suggestion/question for their development team. Would it be possible to have a separate sealed compartment within the bags that would hold the water needed to make the meal? I could easily foresee a time when clean water wasn’t readily available. Granted, water purification skills are a must, but sometimes its just not feasible or practical. Just my two cents. Thanks for a great site.

  12. After reading the comments, it seems some folks are thinking along the same lines as me. More soups and stews, please ( posole and green chile stew, come to mind) and COFFEE and Tang. Thanks!

  13. I am a soup person. I would love a variety of soups and stews to be added to their lineup. A spoon added to the packet would probably come in handy in an emergency situation.

  14. We love FD strawberries or any other FD fruit. I didn’t see much of a selection of fruits in #10 cans on the Mountain House site. I do know we’ve purchased FD fruit through Emergency Essentials, I guess it was Provident Pantry. That and more meat. 🙂

  15. No suggestion, but a question – does MH offer low sodium packets? Due to hypertension I restrict my salt intake. I do know that in a survival situation more salt may be needed than in normal times. But we don’t need our blood pressure skyrocketing! Also, what kind of salt do you use? Regular salt or sea salt?

  16. I would like to see a complete meal package(entree, sides, desserts, and drinks) in or the opportunity to make them and have them in a container.

  17. I would like to see some meals created, besides just dehydrated meats, with those who special needs created. Especially those who have to watch sugar, salt and carbs. Also, it would be beneficial to have forks, spoons and wet wipes included.

  18. I’m glad to see that there are gluten-free items, but noticed that nothing was really said about non-GMO, which is very important to me. Also, since I know folks who can’t eat sugar and don’t want to go the artificial sweetener route, how about items with stevia?

  19. It seems that so many of us have food restrictions today. In my own family of 4, I have a vegetarian, a gluten-intolerant, and a no-starch diet. Cooking isn’t easy, let alone prepping. I would love to see more options that are “specialty-diet” friendly.

  20. I have 2 teen grand kids who do not like eggs or granola..they eat cereal and more cereal. Pouches with cereal and powdered milk would be great. (Don’t know if powdered milk is a problem) and I agree with more soups. Thanks

  21. The product I would like you to tackle would be a good chicken chow mein. I love the stuff and wouldn’t mind being a tester. Thanks in advance.

  22. My question is why when you make all your breakfast skillets you never add cheese. I am just saying if you are going to have a breafast taco, the people need some cheese!

  23. I just read a comment about specialty diets. Wow, I have something to say to this: Even the most strict Kosher is allowed to deviate in extreme conditions. We’re talking survival rations here. Only a fool would think they are going to follow a vegan diet or any other diet in extreme conditions. People have been known to mix sawdust in their food to stretch it out. People have been reduced to eating GRASS for goodness sake. Wake up! It sounds to me like some very spoiled little girls have been writing some of these comments. Been there, done that! If you really want to study the subject of survival then do some real research. Try reading books by authors that really know what’s going on, like Joe Nobody & Arthur Bradley. They are both experienced, intelligent, and very informative. I’m not trying to slight Gaye, she has a very good website, but it is truly limited. I visit her site every day. Geeze, these comments about ocean seafood, spoons, etc are just stupid. I carried a mess hall stainless steel spoon in my kit for years, and I still have it. Want dehydrated soup, it’s there already. try looking for it at the store. I don’t often write on these sites but I’ve got to rant and rave about these comments. Try just going one full weekend at home with no electric power or water pressure and see what you will experience and get a better understanding about survival.

    • We bought packets of a variety of entrees to try on camp outs before deciding what to buy in cans for emergency supplies, and were delighted with the Mexican Style Rice & Chicken. It is the only entree we have tried which would not benefit from adding spices.

      Which brings up a suggestion for Mountain House: List suggested spices to add, on the package. I’m not sure if most come a bit on the bland side because spices don’t store well, or because of cost, or because a meaningful part of the market prefers food which is less spiced than we prefer, or because some people prefer to spice their own, but it would be helpful not to have to figure out what might be a good addition.

      I know there are federal regulatory issues in food labels, and regulatory pain in changing them, but a ‘Suggested Spices’ list would be a nice thing to phase in.

      We have also found that if cooking in the foil packet, it helps to wrap it in a towel or other cloth while it ‘cooks’. It comes out a lot hotter. Ditto if rehydrating in a pot, for that matter. So, adding that suggestion to the instructions might be worthwhile.

      Since I am on a low salt diet, more Low Sodium entrees would be a help. In an emergency, we would make do, but Low Sodium would be better.

      Our impression of Mountain House entrees is that while we prefer some to others, every one of the types we have tried is quite good.

      As Kenny Larson said, freeze dried is not the only food we should have for emergencies, but it is a wonderful addition when weight is an issue, and when just plain convenience is important.

      When you are exhausted, being able to have a tasty, nutritious, hot meal with only the effort of heating water, opening the packet, pouring in the water, and waiting a few minutes, is a huge plus.

      As part of a layered approach to food storage (every day canned goods, rice & pasta; long term storage ingredients like rice & beans in nitrogen pack cans; and freeze dried ingredients and entrees) some freeze dried foods add flexibility and convenience.

  24. Did not see the answer to the GMO question…… I would like to see more soups, stews, etc, maybe green chili chicken? Also love Mountain House! Thanks for doing this giveaway…

  25. I agree with NANOOK and would love to find some LRRPs or the equivalent. Best damned field ration.
    I would also like to see something like a meatloaf with a side of mashed spuds.If you can use meat in the chili, perhaps combining the meat and some eggs and bread crumbs with some seasoning and of course some de-hy onions would be a great meal.
    Thanks Gaye and keep up the good work.

  26. One thing I do not have in am storage is FD foods. If I had to leave and could only grab a bucket of food. Approximately how much would it weight. Remember I am on the run and can only grab one. Weight is real significant to know.

    To be honest, I thought the cost effectiveness was not really worth all the cost. Am I wrong?

    • Hi Brinda, ” I thought the cost effectiveness was not really worth all the cost. Am I wrong?”

      I don’t think there is an objective answer to that question. We each need to decide for ourselves because our situations differ.

      If one is prepping only for short term disasters like hurricanes, blizzards, or earthquakes, and if one keeps rotating stored canned goods, pasta, and rice, then food packed for long term storage isn’t required.

      My wife and I live on Oahu, and conditions here, in our situation, are such that we don’t think that preparing for the end of the world as we know it is worth the effort. I don’t think we would be successful, and it seems to us like a low probability event, so we don’t bother.

      We do, however, prep reasonably well for those shorter term disasters. We like a layered approach, as I mentioned in a comment above, so as our primary food storage we have a couple or three months supplies of our normal every day foods which we rotate as it comes in. Open a case of canned tomatoes, buy a case and put it on the bottom of the stack. That way we never have to throw away anything which is over aged.

      That makes our primary food storage basically free. People preparing only for short term problems could stop right there and be in quite decent shape so far as food goes.

      Even though we prep only for short term emergencies, we do have rice, pinto beans, dried fruit, etc packed for long term storage (i.e. c. 25 years shelf life) which we got from the local LDS (Mormon) church store, and some freeze dried foods.

      We do that both to be sure we have food which we will not casually dip into, and also to have some in case we need to help out neighbors. It also has the advantage of better preparing us for an unexpected long term disaster.

      The great things about freeze dried foods are the long shelf life, the light weight if you need to carry them away from your primary shelter, and their convenience. For some people, in some situations, the convenience alone may outweigh the downside of the costs. And the costs should deter one from dipping casually into them, so they will be there when needed.

      So I don’t think that freeze dried foods should be the first food items one should get (building up your stock of every day canned foods, rice, pasta should be), but they may be worth thinking about seriously when you have covered the basics.

      Before I would do so, tho, I would make sure the water supply was assured, both with stored water and a good filter. Three months of canned goods doesn’t do much good if you have one day’s worth of water. That’s where a balanced approach is important. Once you have covered all the basics you can review and consider if you want to improve in some or all areas, usually by simply adding more.

  27. Since I am a big dessert person I would like to have the opportunity to buy more types of desserts other thn raspberry crumble and ice cream. How about chocolate cake, apple pie, peach cobbler, etc.?

  28. Dear Gaye and Mountain House, I am interested in hearing about using Mountain House foods in combination with other prepped or fresh foods. I would like to share what I read in the following book: ESCAPING HOME by A. AMERICAN. This book is the 3rd in a series of post apocalyptic survival and prepping novels. In the book a meal for many people was prepared by placing freshly caught fish in a Dutch oven over an outdoor fire. Dehydrated onions celery carrots and potatoes were placed over the fish and some water. The survival family in the book loved the meal and I would really like to try this in my backyard. As for the contest I would love to win because dehydrated foods is one element of prepping that I have not tried yet. I think it could be a great companion to all the rice and beans I have prepped.

  29. Replying to Kevin about cereal and powdered milk. You can make this yourself by adding your ingredients to freezer bags and pressing out the air before zipping. I have many freezer bags layered into a 5-gallon bucket. Such as oats with cinnamon and powdered milk. Next I want to make a cornbread mix and bag it. I will be using LARD b/c it lasts longer than oil. As someone else wrote perfect health is not the issue here.

    • yes but long term storage is .lard wont last 25 yrs. i would suggest you purchase a vacum sealer at least to removeall air and add oxygen absorbers.there are article on BDS about this topic .good luck

  30. I would love to see low-carb, diabetic-friendly freeze dried foods. Not a lot that will qualify by any manufacturer. I currently have a few MH pouches, but more selection would be terrific. I know there would be a market for it. We’re gonna need all the help we can get in a SHTF scenario.

  31. Definitely a variety of drink mixes. Not all means of purifying water give a taste-free result and having something variety in flavoring would really help.

  32. I always look for Mountain House when I am looking for freeze dried food.
    It would be great if Mountain House offered a steak and egg meal with green peppers in the eggs. Is there any Mountain House food that can be eaten with out water in case water is in short supply?

  33. I’d like to see a concoction I call Seafood Melange – shrimp and transOcean’s Lobster Classic, spaghetti or spaghetti squash, pesto and parmesan cheese. It’s my favorite meal and I would really miss it in a SHTF situation.

  34. I don’t have a suggestion but a question. What do those of you with picky eaters plan on doing? I’m working on the assumption that if the time comes to need this stuff my kid will get hungry enough to eat it. He is the world’s pickiest eater and likes almost nothing. I’d be more on him about it, but he doesn’t like most junk food either — most candy he’ll take excitedly thinking it’s candy so it has to be good, but then spits it out once he tastes it. However I can’t see a way to preserve his diet staple – chicken nuggets — without power.

  35. I would love to see more fruit and desserts. Also maybe meals specifically made and packaged for kids for their BOBs 🙂
    Side note: wanting specialty diets is ok to ask for. In a survival situation most people will do what they have too, but if its available for them to use to prepare, there’s nothing wrong with comfort. It boosts morale and keeps things a little more ‘normal’ especially for kids who will probably be having a hard time already with a survival situation. Just my humble opinion.

  36. Well even though you already asked this question, it was not answered by Kenny. Are Mountain House products GMO free? This is a major point for me and I am sure for many others as well.

    Also if we get an answer for that one. I was in Wal-Mart today and saw some MH pouches in the camping section that were on clearance and after looking them over I saw that they “expired” in 2013. My question is, if I was to buy them how long might I be able to store them or should I use them as soon as possible ( like for camping rather than prepping).

    • I saw an article this week which said that due to popular troop demand the Pentagon is working on a pizza MRE. The problem seems to be the crust: keeping it less than totally soggy is not easy. They seem to have had some success, but not ready for deployment.

  37. i was going to ask about non-gmo foods, but others beat me to it. i don’t think i could eat rehydrated eggs, at least not if they taste like the “reconstituted” eggs they served in my college cafeteria, so i’d love it if mh is thinking of making breakfasts with sausage or other meats for protein. i still would like to be in the running though, because my neighbor can’t afford to buy fd foods and she could really use a bucket like this for her preps.

    • We have tried the Mountain House egg offerings and thought they were excellent. If you are looking for long term storage egg dishes you should try out the packets, and decide if you want them in cans for emergencies. We bought several cans after trying them. Check out Gaye’s Amazon link for them.

  38. I would like to see more Cajun options and Mediterranean options. While there are several good options. I love to use spices in my foods. Having lots of options can make eating the same staples bearable.

  39. I have tried several of the Mountain House products. I would like to see like a potato gratin with ham.( If you have this I have not seen it. ) Would like more deserts and lunch type options as well.

  40. I am a steak and taters kinda guy! I can eat soups, pastas and stews for so long but there has to be some BIG pieces of meat. How are you looking for freeze dried steaks?

  41. what is the possibility for low sodium meals for those of us who have to watch our intake due to high blood pressure?
    are your meals GMO free?

    i’ve tried a couple of your meals and found that they were pretty good. even better would be to find a spork and wetnap inside your pouches!

  42. I know that your meals are fixed to be a meal by itself, but do you have a “recipe” book that combines specific packages to create other meals?

  43. What new product or “meal” would you like to suggest to the Mountain House Research and Development team?

    Or, if you can’t think of anything, what general question do you have for the Mountain House or Oregon Freeze Dry team?
    I was just talking about this with my wife.We would like to able to assemble our own buckets.It seems theres always something in these ready made buckets we dont want.It would be great if we could pick say 10 chicken dinners and 10 lasganas for example instead on 2 of this and 2 of that and 2 more of the other .Any chance for a “customizable bucket”?

    • If you like them enough to buy the #10 cans, it is no problem to assemble your own variety packs. The buckets by themselves are nothing magic- they give you a variety at a modest discount, at the cost of a bulkier than necessary pack. You might consider the buckets as sample packs for testing to see if you want cans of any of them. Cans are cheaper and more compact per serving, tho, especially if you have Amazon Prime.

      The longer shelf life of the cans is worth a consideration if you don’t foresee any use for the packets as camping, Get Home Bag, or Bug Out Bag supplies.

      If you want freeze dried food for your Bug Out or Get Home Bags, then the foil packets make a LOT of sense in some situations. Only you can decide tho if they are appropriate for your particular situation.

  44. Would love to see onion garlic nut free soups, my food allergies are making prepping a mongo pain in the keister. Thanks for the chance to try your food!

  45. I would love to see them develop a soupy ‘porcupine’ dish. Think Hungarian stuffed cabbage, just not ‘wrapped’ in the cabbage! So, garlicky ground beef, rice, cabbage, tomato juice . . . simple!

  46. I would like you to set it up like an mre. It has everything you pretty much need in one package. Utensil, drink but I have to say your product is much better in taste and appeal!

  47. More meat and potato dishes. I will be requesting a free sample as I have never eaten FD food. As a person with various food allergies and intolerances I really like that the ingredients are listed online. I won’t be able to eat the breakfast skillet and the eggs and ham is iffy but the other 2 sound great and if I win I promise to make sure the things I can’t eat are given to someone who can use them.

  48. We discussed this with our family, and we would enjoy beef or chicken stir fry, chicken divan, chicken cacciatore and eggplant parmesan.

  49. I’d love to see some desserts in the packages. Even chocolate pudding could be a great morale booster when in an emergency situation. And I’d like to see these kinds of buckets with entrée, side, drink and desert.

  50. Hello,

    Mountain House has great products, light weight, fast prep., ease of use. One suggestion, since the packaging doubles as the serving method how about including a utensil inside the package with the the food. It will remain clean, ready to use when prepping the meal and disposable with the packaging. Since most of the products are not finger food this would be a great addition. I’m sure most will forget to pack a fork or spoon when bugging out. It’s challenging to eat pasta primavera with your fingers but can be done when hungry.

  51. I gotta say Gluten free, as bugging out wouldn’t work if my daughter ended up sick. It is virtually impossible to find any freeze-dried in the store that she can have. I haven’t looked beyond that as the tax man cometh…

  52. I would like to see a short term bake Pizza from MH. 🙂 I already love most of the products and think they can not be beaten at this point in time.

  53. Would like to see more casserole type meals, perhaps packaged in ‘plastic’ pans that could be filled to a mark with boiling water. When ready, the meal could be served in the pan in which it was prepared.

  54. Thanks for all of the information and background behind MH. I would like to see them make a chicken and dumplin. I think this would taste good and be a very sustainable meal.

  55. A vegetarian stirfry with rice or noodles…but what I would really like is a vegetble /rice salad…mixed chopped or diced veggies with rice or pasta and a vinegrette sauce/flavor.

  56. I’m not familiar with your products even though Gaye does sing you praises. I promise to look at the site better then I have. Suggestion; with each meal maybe, a seasoning packet? I’m assuming the packs have adequate salt…it helps with preservation, but maybe extra spices or crackers with the chili or soups?

  57. My boyfriend and I are new to “prepped” foods and really enjoyed the stroganoff the other day.

    It’s very important to us to find GMO-free foods and haven’t read anything yet in your literature that addressees this.

    I haven’t looked through the whole menu of items you offer so you may have already thought of this. Just wondering if there is a way to make cold reaction items, like strawberry shortcake, pudding or even a version of ice cream.

    Thanks.

  58. I have actually tried some of the breakfast and really enjoyed them. I have also had the banana slices and apple slice, the chicken and the beef stroganoff and really enjoyed each of these. I have the individual packs in my 72 hr bag and plan on getting more for my food storage program. I was wondering if mountain house was coming out with new meals in the future and if so what will they be and when will they be coming out. Also does MT house have a purchase plan for like a bucket a month club.

  59. I’d like to see something southern like Gumbo or a Coubion in a freeze dried meal. My family would be more likely to eat food that would be familiar from this area in a survival situation.

  60. Great artical. I agree both kid friendly and more dererts would be great. While i like the ice cream, my son and wife are not fans.

  61. Mentioned in the article was the blueberry granola milk and cereal mix, which you just add water no cooking, I would LOVE to see Mountain House have a wider variety of products like this just add water rather than have to boil water, the reason for this is I am very active in Search and Rescue of various kinds and we often simply do not have time to sit down a boil water, we work for many hours with nothing but a granola or energy bar because we cannot stop for more than a couple minutes because of this I constantly eat your just add water granola cereal I mentioned, it gives me a real decent meal for energy not just some lousy snack bar but it sure would be awesome to have a wide variety of such products where you just add cold water that are a true meal, unlike self heating MRE meals your meals are affordable and better tasting.

  62. How about a Chicken Broccoli casserole, or a high protein/low carb option for diabetics like my son. (btw chicken broccoli casserole is low carb)

  63. our biggest problem storing dried foods in bucket size is finding more good foods for diabetic,s. this seems to be a big problem for alot of people.

  64. We have been buying your product for two years trying to build an adequate supply! Living on the Gulf Coast, we are always concerned about Hurricanes, so having supplies, so we don’t have to worry about going to the grocery store and knowing we can get by tell things become normal again, sure gives us a piece of mind!

  65. I would love to see a dessert expanded like cheesecake bites or brownie bites. Also a 72 hour kit wil breakfast ,lunch and a dinner and some drink mix. Makes it a no brainer.

  66. I am new to prepping….my husband thinks this might be wise, but too expensive. There always seems to be some emergency that comes up to prevent us from starting….good example of why we SHOULD be doing this, duh! I would like to see a program that is affordable and could be done monthly but not locked into a “contract” of 12 months or more. Maybe assorted starter packages under $50 or so.

  67. A Ham and Potato Casserole option would be nice
    A breakfast hash with corned beef
    Desserts are always a good thing
    A stir fry meal with rice would be nice too

  68. I think a jambalaya mix would be great. I use a jambalaya rice mix and add turkey kielbasa for a quick, easy meal. I’ve only tried a a couple different freeze dried meals (various brands) but all of them seemed to need additional flavoring, they are on the bland side. I think you could get away with adding some flavorful spices to a jambalaya meal with various meat or no-meat options.

  69. I’ve have always found the selection of breakfast meals is limited. How about expanding to something besides eggs, sausage & biscuits and bacon. Then throw in the difficult part, make it taste really good. Now that’s a challenge.

  70. I have been a vegetarian my whole life. I would love to have anything you make with TVP! There is beef, chicken, bacon , ham TVP available and it is not expensive in bulk. There are more of us around than you think 🙂 doing thus also my attract people who eat Kosher.

  71. My favorite LRP while in the service was the chicken w/rice. Good dry or rehydrated. We sould use it as a snack eating it dry with plenty of a water chasher.

  72. HELP!!!! Please unsubscribe me from posted comments! My inbox was flooded with comments that I don’t have time to read. I do want to be kept up to date on your products but don’t need the comments forwarded to me. Thank you for your prompt attention to this!

  73. Love Mountain House products! I would like smaller pouches for single servings or for two. My favorite meal is Thanksgiving. I would like to see a turkey/chicken with stuffing and dried cranberry. Having that on hand would be a real comfort. Everyone had some great recipe ideas. We all have our idea of comfort foods which will be very important when things get stressful.

    Thanks for the idea of M&M “chill pills” sealed in mason jars. Hit an after Valentine’s Day sale and scored bags of the pink, white and red jewels. I have enough for many months. Chocolate is the ideal comfort treat.

  74. Gluten free and egg free meals would be a great addition. My 6 year old is worried that he’ll be the first to go since he’s the one with the special diet. 😉

  75. I haven’t studied the whole line up of food offered, but I know that my family is going to miss berries. So the product I would like to see (if not already available) is a package that contains a variety of berries all mixed up. (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and perhaps blackberries) Why? Because that is what we like to put on our cereal in the morning and our ice cream at night. (Not that Ice cream is high on the SHTF stockpile list) But we might be eating our stock before it melts at the very beginning of the situation, right?

    • Oh my…I just read a wonderful idea…the “bucket a month club”…but I can’t afford a whole bucket. Not every month. (Just don’t have $50-$100 extra each month) But how about a “Day a month club” Each month you recieve a day’s worth of food for the number of people you sign up for. Each “Day” would have a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. Perhaps each sealed in their pouch and the whole one person’s day’s worth of food inside a #10 can. That way in a bug out situation (with a little advance warning) you just grab a tote, stack in the #10 cans for the family and off you go. (I’m thinking hurricane/severe storm, not SHTF situation) Now if the pouches serve 2 routinely, then the minimum number of people you can sign up is 2…but after that you can add as many as you want. Oh please pick this idea to test market, cuz there are so many of us trying to prep on a tight budget and knowing that we have a “club” amount to pay each month helps us to increase our stores without finding ourselves short of money each month.

  76. One of the hardest things I’ve come across is how to use… For example if you have dried fruit and want to make a muffin with it — what size piece of fruit does it need to be – how much extra liquid to add to recipe or do I need to reconstitute it first… Those are hardest for me to figure out.

  77. I would love to see some varieties of stuffed potatoes! My job is in the travel industry so I’m on the road 4 or 5 days a week. I usually make my own and bring them with me (baked potatoes with sausage, or steak, BBQ chicken, broccoli etc) but I always have to worry about keeping them cold, plus they are heavy!

    I would also like a bigger breakfast variety.

    And Mr. Larson – are MH foods GMO free? You didn’t answer that question, and it’s one that is a big concern for myself and I’m sure a lot of other people!

  78. what general question do you have for the Mountain House or Oregon Freeze Dry team?

    I would like to know if these meals are free of monosodium glutamate? (MSG can also be hidden by the names of Hydrolyzed Protein, Autolyzed Yeast, Yeast Extract, Sodium Caseinate, and maltodextrine).

    Also a Shepherds pie would be a good meal.

  79. I have used mountain house food backpacking for years and am a fan
    I have to agree its hard to beat the chilimac
    I would like to see them make a good barbque

  80. I would like to see more vegetarian options. I think that’s why I’ve been so hesitant to try MH products.

    Even the eggs have meat in them. Something like scrambled eggs and hash-browns would be good.

    Then maybe some fettuccine noodles with a dash (not tons) of butter and some feta cheese.

    Yum! I would definitely stock those.

  81. Living in Earthquake Country, this would be a great item to have! I have been trying to think of some ideas and came up with these (you may already have some, but with the ethnic diversity around here, some ethnic items would be good, I think). For example, Chicken Tikki Masala, Chicken Vindaloo, Butter Chicken, Chicken Fajitas, Orange Chicken and Fried Rice.

  82. I would really like to create my own mix of bug-out supplies that I could get as a “package” deal. Do you have a template for keeping track of what MH products you have and need? I am seeing the need for long-range planning to purchase our family’s supplies.

  83. Soups with crackers would be a good addition. Also how about more freeze dried fruits (banana chips, strawberries, peaches, etc) that would be a hit with kids & adults alike. Love the Mountain House line.

  84. I would love to have more ethnic foods; specifically, I would love some sort of mild chicken curry and rice dish. I love spicy foods and curry of any sort is my favorite!

  85. Once you open up a #10 can, how long is it good for. Lets say there are 2 of you and you want to eat a serving for 2 every 2 weeks. How long will the product stay fresh?

  86. I would like to see some meals made with goat meat. Stews, chili, or something in that line. Is there some way to have an whole egg, instead of it scrambled?

  87. Is it possible to make German Potato Salad? It is one of my all time comfort foods and it would have bits of bacon in it for a small source of protein in addition to the carbs from the potatoes. I am new to your site but it is wonderful. Thanks.

    • Hi Hanson, The buckets are filled with the foil packets, so the shelf life is that of the packets. They are a handy container with a handle, but they are bulky compared to cans. The buckets are useful for short term problems where you might like some variety in the diet without opening several cans, and also as sample packs to try before deciding what you want to stock in quantity.

      If you decide that the packets are the way to go in your situation, the buckets are also a good means of storing them as they are stackable and protect from crushing. And, of course, it provides you with a bucket.

  88. I would like an affordable starter pack or sample pack under $50 so I could try various items with my grandchildren. The main focus of my prepping is to acquire food/preps that children can be comfortable with and feel secure. No use storing food the kids won’t eat. And including a utensil would be a great addition.

  89. The interview with MH was very enlightening and impressive. I have never purchased their produce as I feel that their pouches are full of pasta, of which I don’t like. After reading of this company, I will try the food.
    I would like to eat a good stir fry with many different veggies and maybe chicken.

  90. Id like to see more gluten free choices. Living with special diet needs makes prepping very difficult. A person can only eat so much chicken & rice and scrambeled eggs. Many of the current products out there come close,but have wheat added for no apperant reason.

  91. Here is my question (sort of), I have tried/tested/tasted and do have some of these products in my storage and plan on adding more over time. Some families do not have enough extra income to purchase these premium meals, but would like to. I do not know what it would look like, but it would be great if for those who are unable to afford them, could. Weather it was through verified volunteering or verified community service could equal meals at cost plus shipping. I’m not talking about freebee’s to the entitlement crowd. I know there are contractual agreements, and how would those truly in need be set apart from those who just want a hand out. Hard to know. Bill B

  92. I would like to see a selection of ‘less sodium’ foods from MH. I know salt is a necessary staple in preserving food, but all too often too much is used, making the food not so enjoyable to eat, and causing more thirst.
    Thanks for the informative article and give away, Gaye & MHF!

  93. I’d like more meals that are corn-free, wheat-free, dairy-free. It seems like there are so many cream sauce type meals. How about stir fries, roasted vegetables, etc?

  94. I’ve never tried the meals. I am getting comfortable with freeze dried veggies. After ready this article I think I would like to try some.
    My suggestion would be red beans and rice, maybe a little ham mixed in. I like the other suggestions about being good for the kids and a variety pack that we could try without going broke.
    I really liked this article. Answered a lot of my questions and taught me more about Mountain House products. Thank you for taking the time.

  95. I was reading on another blog a few days ago that the army has developed a pizza that can be stored for three years. I would like to see something like that from mountain house. It would be great while camping and sitting around the camp fire to be able to have pizza

  96. I’d like to see packaged sandwiches like bacon cheeseburgers and BBQ pulled pork. I’d also like to see more desserts like chocolate mousse and cherry crisp.

  97. How about a fruit assortment like fruit cocktail or other choices.
    add water and chill for a great fruit dessert or addition to any meal.

  98. What about a full meal in a #10 can like corn,potatoes,meat,fruit,ect. Each in there own bags in the can So i do not have to open up 5 different cans

      • I have tried a lot of the mountain house in the cans and bags I thing all of them:) I have tried other brands also The M.H. stands above all for me anyway If you would like to sample them before you buy a #10 can get them in the bag first to see what you like I like them all They do cost some $ so my thing is if they last past 30 years what are food price to be then? Now i will be 76 years old if i make it that long and my grand kids will have them Will they say old granddad should have bought more for that price time will tell

  99. I actually camped out last night and had the “chicken and noodles” from Mountain House for dinner and the “Granola, Milk, and Blueberries” for breakfast. They were both absolutely tasty. It was my first Mountain House taste test and I’ll be buying more.

    That being said, my biggest complaint is that each pouch is 2+ servings (they do sell single person servings, apparently, but I’ve had trouble finding them even on their website). If I’m doing something strenuous I can take down 2+ servings okay, but for the weekend camping trip it’s just too much (and my wife is never going to come with me if we’re being honest). The second complaint is the high carb, fat, and sodium intake on each of the 2+ serving pouches is more than I’d normally eat in a meal (I don’t eat that many carbs in an entire day usually), but this would also be less of an issue if A) it was strenuous, and B) I wasn’t eating the entire 2+ servings my self. Otherwise, it is a great, fast, easy to prepare, and tasty solution.

  100. I haven’t tried any FD meals before. I’ve used FD fruits & veggies and love them. Does Mountain House have a chicken & rice entree? If not, that’s what I would like to see.

  101. I would like to see a Mountain House dehydrated meal for my dogs. I prep for us, but need something for the dogs also. I am sure they will get tired of dry dog food, since I am always making something extra for them and it would be nice to have a dehydrated meal for the “kids”. (Chihuahuas)

  102. You did not answer the question about GMO….
    What about cakes, pies, cookies….you can tell I have a terrible sweet tooth…have you tried these in freeze dried ?
    Thanks

  103. I would also like to see sample or starter packages for under $50. I’ve wanted to try some of the freeze dried meats and other items, but hate to purchase a #10 size can in order to do so.

    How about a peach cobbler dessert?

  104. We have tried some of your products and really like them. That led us to buy some cans for the bulk quantity. If we open the cans and make individual servings in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers how long can we expect them to remain edible?

  105. I would really like to see some freeze dried squash varieties as well as eggplant! Pickles would be awesome too or maybe they just belong in jars lol, I don’t know but the squash, yellow and zuchini definitely! Also I’ve noticed that there is spinach available but I love to see a broader variety of greens! THEN, I would like to see a delivery truck pull up in front of my home bringing this prize to me! 😀 Thank you for giving us another chance to win some food! ♥♥♥

  106. How about things like squash casserole (yellow squash, “croutons”, chicken broth, parm cheese) or green bean casserole – those types of things. They could be used as vegetarian meal options, “add ins” for other meats, or just as a smaller “side dish.”

  107. Been a longtime fan of MH for years. The only request I could make/suggest would be more variety in the Pro-Packs as a wider selection would be great for field purposes.

  108. Love, love, Love Mountain House! Packets for cats would be great too, need them to keep the rodents down in SHTF scenario!

  109. I think it would be awesome to have a “Create Your Own Bucket.” You could mix and match the breakfast, entrees, etc that you like best all in one bucket. That way, when SHTF, you have a bucket of all the foods you know you’ll eat.

    Also, something for pets would be nice, too! 🙂

  110. I was also wondering if there were any plans for sample packs. I would like to be able to purchase individual meal packs to try different items before buying large quantities. Thank you.

    • I have wondered about the amounts as well, a big can of something opened..what do you do with whats left, I mean a couple of people are not going to eat all that…are the contents in separate bags? if not, it should be so you don’t end up with leftover spoilage…just my opinion…

  111. I would like to try their foods but I am on a budget. I have tried a sampler pack from another company that was around $35 and had 5 different dishes. Maybe Mountain House could sell a sampler even if the portions were smaller. I have tried freeze-dried foods and the only problem I have with them is the fact that it takes longer to cook them than recommended on the packaging. Would also like dishes with less pasta and rice. Seems like all the ones I’ve tried lately are packed with those two items and I don’t crave either one. More meat, potato and veggies would be great!

  112. I would like to see a sampler pack of items. The younger members of my family are quite picky and getting them to eat some vegetables (peppers in with eggs? hah not likely) is next to impossible.

    I know cost wise, a sampler pack with individual pouches (smaller than the offered 2.5 serving size) could be tricky and not worth it for MH, but could encourage a repeat customer for larger orders and could be marketed to smaller excursions – Scout outings, CAP events, etc.

    As far as sampler pack ideas go: maybe a breakfast pack – not just the premixed scrambled eggs, peppers/ham/bacon, but more like powdered eggs, powdered milk, sausage/bacon mix, and fruit/granola. For me, FD eggs are on the want list, but I refuse to buy a #10 can until I can test to make sure I can cook with them and that my family will eat them.

    Lunch/dinner packs: If MH makes individual sized pouches, offer a selection of those and let the consumer pick what goes into their sampler box. If individual portions aren’t a viable option for MH to put together, offer a sampler box you can customize. For example MH sells a bucket with 4 Chicken and Rice, 4 Chili Mac w/ beef, and 4 Spaghetti w/ meat sauce. While that might be great for some, 8 meals contain an acidic sauce. I would want the option of swapping 4 of those meals out for something else – Sweet and Sour Pork or the Beef Stew for example.

    For us, it comes back to “Buy what you eat and eat what you buy.” We eat fresh asparagus, but you won’t find any canned in my pantry because no one will eat it – “slimy and disgusting” were some of the descriptions. The same goes for long-term storage foods. I’m not going to buy a predetermined bucket of meals(ie 8 meals with the same sauce or meals) that I know more than one person in my household will have problems eating (food allergies, excessive veggies) or need relief (Tums, Alka Seltzer, etc) after eating.

  113. i have tried many of their products and i must say, i was very surprised as to how good and easy they were to prepare. when i was able to purchase from different companies a few years ago to decide what to get (had to try first ya know!) i had some money….now i am unable to work and finally got on food stamps, so my question is: do you ever plan to accept food stamps to purchase food items? i would have no problem eating this food instead of others, thats how good and convenient it is. so please could you find out and thank you. i would love to be able to win as i really could just use food. thank you

  114. Is the Chili Mac your #1 seller? I like the idea of a “build your own bucket” listed above. I’m going to have to call for a sample, I haven’t tried anything from MH in a long while.

  115. I would like to try a ” one serving smorgashboard” a one of everything box, single serving pouches of everything. It would be nice to try all of them to make a decision.

  116. My favorite has always been Chicken and Rice, but I think a Chicken and Rice with Curry. I also think that using Sea Salt would be a good thing.

  117. I don’t know all the foods available..but something I love and would like to see is white beans/Navy Beans and ham bits….lots of protein, great survival food..DEE SCRUMPTIOUS! LOL

  118. Gaye has always encourages us to eat what we buy and buy what we eat, so I have been trying some of the different prepared meal products from different companies. One was so bad the dog wouldn’t eat it. Another company was ok, but way too salty for me. A few weeks ago I tried the Mountain House skillet breakfast. It was the first time I had tried this brand and it was as good as anything I would make myself. So I plan on buying a lot more of MH and trying many different flavors.
    I’d love to see something like pancakes and sausage on a stick…. not sure how the logistics would go, but yummmmm!

  119. The MH prepared foods (like breakfast) are full of MSG and it’s hidden names- like modified food starch, natural flavor etc. Wouldn’t touch them. the specific dried veggies seem ok

    gotta read the ingredients labels!

  120. I too would like to see various sample packs. As someone with little children just transitioning to solids, feeding can be difficult. I haven’t had the opportunity to view your whole site, do you carry simpler things like applesauce? Also are your larger buckets customizable as there are certain things they refuse to eat?

  121. Great article and interview with MH. I’ve only recently begun the prepping lifestyle, and know that I have a lot to learn. I appreciated Mr. Larson’s answer to the question about emergency preparedness on a budget and will try to incorporate that into my future shopping.

    Is it possible to store bread / tortillas for long term periods? Several of the meals would go great as burritos, or wraps. I also concur with an earlier suggestion that a curry flavored meal would be a great addition to the available meal selections from MH.

  122. There are Indian meals available at most grocery stores in the Asian section. they come in heavy-duty foil pouches and can be heated by boiling in the bag, or scooping out into a pot for heating. They are amazingly good and just require cooking some rice to go with them. This is an item I rotate through my stored preps for everyday meals.

  123. I’d like to see some explanation as to why this stuff is so damn expensive? OK, I know your not in business to go broke or be a charity. I also understand that “prepping” is the latest hot ticket, the new…Y2K scare, .com explosion, but lets be honest here, you and I and everyone else should know, it does not cost what you guys are selling this stuff for unless your mark up is 2000%. I try very hard to provide survival products to my customers at an extremely reasonable price. there are a lot of dicks out there that I truly hope don’t make it. Then there are the people that deserve a chance, but they are going to have a really hard time because no one wants to sell anything priced so that the working poor could actually afford to do a little stocking up. And then I see a company like yours that is from my home state, a state that puts forth these liberal, lets love everyone and live together in peace and harmony image but when we look a little deeper what we really find is the same corporate greed that exists everywhere else. I’m not trying to be preachy, I just don’t understand. After you make your first couple of million dollars pure profit, how much more do you really need? I just think that it would be nice if instead of being an entity for the sole purpose of providing a quality product to those that can afford to make you rich, why not try being reasonable? All those MRE’s sitting in government ware houses that will eventually either be tossed as spoiled goods or sold off to the private sector so some shark can sell a case of 12 with out heaters for $150.00 or lots more. it should ALL go the way of the old government cheese if it where up to me. And just so you know…I actually do like your product, it’s actually rather tasty, it stores well, and it just makes sense. But really, truth be told, you and I know what your mark up really is…wink wink nod nod…

  124. Does an Irish ‘Corned Beef and Cabbage’ dish exist in the MH product line? Would love to see that!
    Also, is there an honest to goodness ‘Orange Juice’ available in mix form? The ‘Orange’ flavored items currently available (Non-Mountain House drink mixes like Tang etc.) definitely have a fake taste to them!
    Many ideas to suggest, but have to leave some ideas for others.

  125. My wife is hypoglycemic (the opposite of diabetic, since in her case eating carbs causes her blood sugar to drop dangerously low) and has to eat large amounts of high protein foods to balance it out at every meal. So any low carb high protein dish would be highly desirable for us. Since we’re in hurricane country we’d like to have several weeks’ of MH stored (as an avid backpacker it’s my absolute favorite in terms of flavor) so when I see something that she could eat available it’s a sure sale.

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