The Backdoor Survival Winter Blast continues. This week Mountain House is providing one lucky reader with a Mountain House “Just In Case” meal assortment. Now how cool is that? Before I get into the nitty gritty details about the giveaway, let me share a bit of background.
About six weeks ago I was contacted by Mountain House and was invited to participate in their Moveable Feast program. The way it works is that a handful of websites (actually, just five) were selected and given an opportunity to share the Mountain House experience with their readers and also to offer an assortment of top Mountain House entrée and meal products as a giveaway. Free food for Backdoor Survival readers? I was in!
An assortment of Mountain House Pouches – including Ice Cream!
The Mountain House Experience
If you have been following this website for any period of time, you know that I love Mountain House and I love their Chili Mac with Beef. I have two cases of #10 tins of the Chili Mac; not only for long term emergency food storage, but also for day to day last minute meal prep. It is that good.
Some of my favorite Mountain House products
Mountain House entrees can be purchased in meal size pouches as well as in larger tins. The nice thing about the pouches is that they weigh almost nothing so they are perfect for bug-out-bags. They can also be tucked into your car and your travel kit plus, if you need them, all you have to do is add boiling water to the pouch, stir and eat.
Chili Mac in its FD form
Cooked and ready to eat as a last minute meal.
Great with cornbread!
Tips For Preparing and Eating Out of a Pouch
There are just a few things – not a lot – to keep in mind when preparing your Mountain House meal in a pouch.
1. When adding boiling water, the pouch will become very hot. Please do not hold it in your hands! Set it on a counter, shelf, the ground or even a rock. Don’t be like me and hold it in your hands or you will surely burn yourself drop the whole thing.
Don’t do this!
2. Don’t be chintzy with the water. This is especially true for the meals that include pasta. If anything, add a bit extra.
3. A typical pouch will state that there is enough for 2.5 servings at 250 calories each. That is 625 calories. Is that enough for 2.5 adults? Hardly. Shelly and I are able to share a single pouch when we supplement our meal with a salad and veggies. On the other hand, we have been known to consume an entire pouch on our own. Your mileage will vary but keep in mind that in an emergency, you are going to need calories!
Note: Regardless of the brand, check the total calories included in your meal pouch. The servings versus calories issue is something you will find, without exception, with all freeze-dried foods. Be aware and plan accordingly.
4. Be sure to store some eating utensils with your meal pouches. If you can only include one utensil, make it a spoon so you can scoop up every last bit of the delicious sauce.
The Moveable Feast Giveaway
The Mountain House “Just In Case” product line includes a number of different assortments, one of which will be sent to a lucky BDS reader. To win, you need to go to the comments area below and answer this question:
What is your greatest “emergency food” challenge?
I will do my best to examine those challenges and to address them in a future article here on Backdoor Survival.
The deadline for your entry is 6:00 PM Pacific on Friday, December 27th. A winner will be selected at random using tools available from the random.org website. Please note that the winner will be announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz and also on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page, and that he or she will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
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
When it comes to food storage, I am a huge proponent of 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 out along with everything else you need?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up $20 or less.
60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product. Currently, a pack of 60 (in three 20 unit packs) is about $11 with free shipping.
Mylar Zip Seal Food Storage Bags: These are the zip seal bags that I used to package up my spices, herbs and butter powder. These are extra heavy, 5 mil bags. I found that the zip feature made packaging extra easy although I still seal the bags with my hair iron.
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer: As long as the unit has an accessory port (and this one does), and inexpensive FoodSaver will work just as well as the fancier models. That is my two cents, at least.
FoodSaver Wide Mouth Jar Sealer: Already have a FoodSaver? If so, check out this jar sealer which can be used to vacuum seal your Mason jars. This is a great option for short to mid term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food. There is also a version for regular sized jars.
The Mountain House 72 Hour Emergency Meal Kit “Just In Case” Meal Kit (currently on sale) includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for one person for three days. There are two pouches of Beef Stroganoff with Noodles, two of Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, one of Pasta Primavera, one of Rice and Chicken, two of Scrambled Eggs with Bacon, and one of Granola with Milk & Blueberries.
Important: Notice that there are nine pouches total or 3 per day. That means one full pouch per meal which is about right!
Of course my personal favorite is the Mountain House Chili Mac. And for a special a snack or treat, have you ever tried a Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich. What does it taste like? An ice cream sandwich flavored cookie. Shelly aka the Survival Husband said “Order more!”
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