Free Food! The Mountain House Moveable Feast

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Chili Mac in its FD form

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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.

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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?

No, I did not think so.  If you have never tried FD meals, I encourage you to visit the Mountain House website or Facebook page to learn more.  And of course, to enter the giveaway.  Good luck!

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

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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 BagsFree Food! The Mountain House Moveable Feast | Backdoor Survival: 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.

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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 MacFree Food! The Mountain House Moveable Feast | Backdoor Survival.  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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  1. As we are just beginning, My biggest challenge seems to be how to keep track of what we already have and what we need (everything…lol) Being on a small fixed income is a problem but I have begun picking up double on shelf stable items when they are on sale. ( Peanut butter, can soup, can meats)

  2. My greatest challenge right now is cost closely followed by carrying weight, I am setting up a basic bug out supply first and am considering your 20$ list as it is both affordable and bland and thus less likely to cause stomach problems at an inopportune time.

  3. My challenge (concern) about ‘emergency food’ is nutrition. What kinds of preservatives, additives, chemicals, GMO, etc are in them.? I am new to prepping and survival preparedness. I am just learning that calories are important for survival but so is clean nutrition. Thank you for everything you do and share with us.

  4. My biggest problem is finding the space to store my stockpile when i can get things to go into it, on a very fixed income so it makes building and keeping on up a bit of a challenge sometimes

  5. My biggest challenge is trying to find room store everything. The second is finding food with a long shelf life inexpensively. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this great prize. Good luck everyone.

  6. My challenge is how to make my food storage appear “normal”; I live in an apartment complex where the management seems to relish periodic “shakedowns” where they go through the closets, look in the refrigerator, etc.

  7. My biggest problem is that I have an autistic child and he is only able to eat foods with the consistency of chicken nuggets. So anything with sauce or broth is out. I am new at this so have no idea what to get for him.

  8. My biggest problem is getting family members to try the food which I am storing. I take Mountain House when I go backpacking and love almost all of their foods. I do get the wife to try some from time to time and although she is hesitant, has also liked most of what I serve.

  9. Mountain House Chili Mac is also my favorite. I probably have too much compared to my other Mountain House products. My challenge is I’m already running out of space. I’ve used all the great tips found at BDS but I don’t have any room left in cool dry spaces that are out of sight.

  10. I have taken my middle child off of all dyes (especially red dye) for his attention problems in school. It has helped tremendously. So right now my biggest food storage problem is that unless I buy the individual products and make my own, there are still dyes in the freeze dried meals.

  11. My biggest food storage challenge is wrapping my mind around the fact that I may actually need to use food storage. Having tasty food will certainly make the dreaded situation more bearable. Thank you.

  12. I am a newbie to prepping but feel it most essential to be able to have extra food on hand for my children and my parents. Since they live on $400 a month social security it is imperative I help them in any and every way I can. It would be such a mighty blessing to be able to have more than 4 paper bags of extra food….however I do feel blessed because I know many do not even have that
    Best of luck to everyone .

  13. My biggest problem is I buy too much in the way of canned foods which I don’t really want to eat, but would in an emergency, then end up donating them because they are at or beyond the freshness date.

  14. My biggest challenge isn’t restricted to a food challenge, but rather buy in by my wife. I’ve won over the kids, and my wife is slowly, very slowly seeing the benefit to being prepared. Prepared with packed grab and go bags for all, extra flashlights, batteries, fire starting resources, packet knives for all, change of cloths and anything else I can think of. In addition to several weeks of or months of stored, easily transported and prepared foods.

  15. LOVE Mountain House products!!! My biggest challenge with storing food is having things my kids will actually eat. They are so picky!

  16. Since moving half way across the states we have had to put a lot of things in storage and it is difficult to keep enough things in a one bedroom apartment. Having products like Mountain House offers makes it easier to store.

  17. Biggest food challenge? I have several that rotate for top billing! First is potable water, which is needed to re-hydrate FD foods. Followed by cost, then nutritional value (Ramen noodles are cheap, but how nutritious?). Then along comes flavor, if I don’t like the taste then why keep it around? I still will not like it when I HAVE to eat it! Storage space is not a problem, so I can forget that one, except if my home is suddenly destroyed. Also, foods that can be eaten if my dentures get lost or destroyed! So, no hard or difficult to chew foods. (Cuts out nuts, and I used to love them.)

  18. As I live in a RV, I have limited space for food storage. I have to be creative in order to find room for food if I buy too much.

  19. Great article Gaye!

    I am a huge fan of Mountain House! I have been eating their foods for years now, and I found it makes an awesome addition to any survival bag.
    Here’s a few lessons from my experience-

    1. Careful with the water source. Make sure the water doesn’t have a nasty taste before boiling it or adding it, because it’ll only ruin the meal. What good is a meal that you can’t eat? Money and meal, lost.

    2. Unless you’re serving a 5 star dinner to your spouse and kids, ad extra water. If the instructions say 1 cup (8 oz.) water, add an additional 1/4 cup. If it says two cups (16 oz.), add an extra 1/2 cup. You’re still gonna eat it, whether it’s soupy or not. The water helps no matter what (provided the water’s potable and tastes ok).

    3. I generally have no problem making 2 packets last 24 hours. Just make it four meals. If you’re in a crisis/disaster/survival situation you can try to get by on one packet per day. But half a packet per meal, 4 meals a day, is psychologically beneficial.

    4. The meals now cost $5-7 per packet. How much would you be willing to pay when you’re hungry and have nothing? It can be worth it’s weight in gold when you’re starving and have nothing.

    5. Do not rely on JUST Mountain house meals. I prefer taking repacked foods along, like flaked taters or instant rice. Even Ramen Noodles. If you’re preping for a disaster, Wal Mart has these heavy duty red or yellow duffle bags that work great. They come in medium or large, and then I suggest that you add one USGI MilSurp MRE for every ten Mountain House meals. You can also take the condiment pouch (you can by them separate as well) out of the MRE and add it instead. The spoon is great as well as the heater pouch as well as the other goodies in the condiment pouch.

    6. The USCG certified survival water pouches are great for Mountain House meals. If I recall correctly it’s 4.125 oz. per pouch. They have a lifespan, but I have pouches going back to the 80’s, and they’re still good. Properly sealed water doesn’t good bad very often (very rare, in fact).

    7. The wide-lipped plastic bottles you can get at a sporting good stores for water and drinks (I forget the type of plastic, maybe it’s lexan?) work great for these meals. Add the meal, add the water, seal it up and stick it in your pack. Munch on it whenever you’re hungry.

    8. Cold water works just fine, just takes longer for the food to be ready and the consistency may not be as good as when it’s hot (like the lasagna).

    9. Take old tube socks with you. Washed, of course. Take your Lexan bottle, add the meal, add the water, seal it, then take one of your 99 cent heater pads from Wal Mart and activate it. Put it in the bottom of the sock and then the bottle next (bottom of the bottle in contact with the pad). Fold the rest of the sock over the bottle and stuff it in your pack. Now you have a to-go meal warming while you’re on the move.

    10. Adding fish or rabbit to the meal helps a lot. Adding fresh edible pants to the Chicken Teriyaki is good.

    I think there’s more hints, but this should work.
    I hope that helps, Gaye!

  20. Storage is my biggest challenge with preparedness….I’ve raised beds on 4×4 blocks and roll wooden boxes on casters under beds full of no. 10 cans…have used drawers from cast off furniture under skirted tables, besides beds……Yes, Gaye I also think the Chili mac is wonderful….only have the large cans can use individual packets. Love your site Thanks
    Eva

  21. Like many have said, my biggest challenge about emergency food is money. Never seems to be enough left over after the bills are paid. Second is storage space. Though we did convert one of our larger closets into an extra pantry. That helped.

  22. After moving half way across the states and into a one bedroom apartment; we have had to keep a lot of things in storage and we try to also keep essentials in the apartment for emergencies. Mountain House products are easier to store in our situation.

  23. My biggest food storage challenge is for an elderly family member who has high blood pressure. She needs low sodium foods (hard to find / expensive) and prescription medication. We also need cat food and cat litter, which is heavy and bulky to store.

  24. You never know when some unfortunate period of time or incident can or will happen. Having a little extra for the just in case happenings is always a better plan. Mountain house gives you a great quality product that is very flexible and a huge assortment of meal options..

  25. The biggest challenge with emergency food prep items is keeping track of items that expire over time and rotating/replacing those items as needed along with making sure all items are stored in a manner to protect them from atmospheric (air/moisture/temperature) conditions in my available storage space.

  26. I have found that mountain house foods are easier to store to.. I have gotten pretty creative on how to store them roll out trays and even using the containers as part of furniture..

  27. My biggest challenge is rotating the stash so I don’t let anything go way past the expiration date.
    The 2nd challenge, as stated by someone else, is finding the funds to continue adding.

  28. My biggest challenge is Protein! We are not big meat eaters, but how many times can you eat beans!
    I’ve never tried the FD meals so this would really be an opportunity. Thank you .

  29. My greatest challenge is storage of water. I have 7 people in the house right now (daughter and grandkids) and the space I was working on is now their space.

    • The major challenge is ensuring a healthy quantity and variety – important to stay really healthy during any crisis especially the long term ones….

  30. Our biggest challenge is storage beyond our 3 months of canned & dry food. At present our only “long term” is the LDS cans of grains and soup mix we have put aside.

  31. My biggest challenge is two fold – Taste & Shelf Life. If I have $5000 worth of food, yet my wife won’t eat it, should I have spent the money? Also, if I have food that doesn’t last until I need it, that too is money wasted.

  32. My biggest challenge is storage space, esp. for water. Needing a gallon/day for 3 people, storing multi-gallons of water in a small rental house with no basement / attic / outside storage is a problem.
    Thanks.

  33. Storage!!!! Have filled every nook and cranny for safe food storage. Everything in my house that can be put outside in the garage is already there. Under beds are in use, closets, bookshelves, and cupboards. Anything I might win would be considered “daily” food, but I sure would like to win.

  34. My greatest challenge is creative storage. I need more ideas. So far I had my husband build deep shelving at the back of our medium size walk-in closet and add shelves above our clothes near the ceiling. I stack canned goods and my mylar backs in the back and have small totes stacked on top of the shelves. I have an empty filing cabinet that I will use for more mylar bag products (instead of my genealogy…which I have to give up because of the cost of doing genealogy). My spare rooms (now that the kids are out of the house) have closets which are going to be a part of our prep foods. I was going to have installed a window in one of the rooms for more light….but….now I’m thinking I might need to add some kind of built-in pantry for more goods. I definitely need more ideas on how and where to stash foods in the house (hidden out of sight) so we don’t look like freaks when we have visitors. I don’t have a garage or any other exterior building or basement to hide my foods.

  35. My biggest challenge is being financially able to replace what is in storage as I rotate it for freshness purposes. We want to be debt free so extra supplies has been taking a back seat to making extra payments on the credit card and our small mortgage. It’s easy to take it off the shelf and use it, but a lot harder to put it back.

  36. My wife and I tried MH for camping. We have since tried just about every pouch product and only found a few that neither of us care for. We have two totes of pouches filled. I can easily justify spending $5 for a tote to fill again if we get some free MH!!
    Side note, I have chosen to add less water, rather than more, to most of the pouches. To compensate for what might end up being “crunchy” pasta, I just let them sit longer. Makes them less soupy.
    Thanks for all your great articles, Gaye!

  37. My main challenge is WATER. Having enough, keeping it clean and concern for having to leave quickly and leaving most of my water in large containers behind.

  38. My biggest challenge is keeping track of what I have and what I need. I have a small bedroom with shelves on the walls filled with canned goods and various dry foods (cereals, potatoes, cake mixes, etc). I do not have any FD foods yet and would really like to have some. Hope I win the contest and Have a Merry Christmas.

  39. My greatest challenges are cost, storage, and weight (in that order). My spouse and I are living on a pretty tight budget, so it’s hard to come up with cash for extras. We do what we can in the way of regular grocery store items — rice, beans, peanut butter, canned goods, and so on. We would love to purchase some Mountain House goods or a decent water storage system, but they’re just so expensive. Creative storage becomes an issue in our small apartment as well. Weight of the food is an issue because we’re both physically limited in how much we can carry. If we have to grab food and run, it’s a pretty safe bet that the canned goods are staying behind even if they’re neatly packaged in tupperware containers. They’re just too heavy. That’s precisely why we’ve had our eye on Mountain House — it’s nice and light compared to other options.

  40. I have two challenges first is temp control in my storage unit. So I installed an air conditioner, helps with humidity and heat. Second is keeping track of inventory and I’m working on that one. Love the breakfast meals.

  41. It would have to be water storage and rotation. Lots of space and weight to manage. I have filters and several fresh water supplies but not much at home. Keeping it fresh is probabaly the hardest.

  42. Our biggest challenge is prepping for so many on a fixed income. We are three, but are prepping for ten. Our adult children express no interest in preparing and see no need. We will not leave our loved ones in the cold, but it makes it so hard for us.

  43. As a Scoutmaster Mountain House products have been in my pack many times over the years. My BOB is really a GHB as I work 48 road miles from where I live, across a major river and two sets of Eastern mountains. Walking home in an emergency is my reality. Thus my emergency food issue is one of quantity, space and weight. While I can (and have) travel light and freeze at night and subscribe to the ultralight school of thought, it will take a good quantity of food to get me home in decent shape in an emergency. My bag is small enough to fit in the under storage area of my RAV so putting a week’s worth of food in it is a challenge along with a shelter/sleep system, water containers and methods to purify, a cooking/eating system and a self defense system that won’t get me crossways with the Socialist Democrat rules in my work state. A seasonal change of clothes and hiking boots are next to my GHB as well.

  44. Biggest challenge: Getting reorganized for best utilization of availble storage space.
    FLA environment, no basement, attic and garage too hot and humid, so items freeze dried in cans maximizes storage options.

  45. My biggest challenge is getting enough food in one place at one time. I start to get a stockpile going and something happens and we have to use some or most of it.

  46. Biggest challenge is meal diversity while dealing with food allergies. If you do happen to find an entree that your family will eat, it is drowned in a sauce that they can’t have.

  47. My Biggest Challenge is getting & keeping enough on hand (with teenagers) as well as enough to take care of aging parents who aren’t able to do for themselves.

  48. My biggest challenge is pet supplies. With dogs, cats and a donkey it is a problem to not only have supplies but to have them be portable.

  49. My biggest challenge just occured to me abt a month ago & that is HOW DO I PREP FOR A GROWING GRANDSON ?
    He is 7 and abt every 6 months he needs new shoes, not to mention jeans, socks, underwear, tshirts, etc.. In a grid down or extended emergency, he is bound to need something bigger. So i’ve started hitting good will and watching for sales to get all sizes. What are families with several children doing ? This thought woke me up in the middle of the night. Needless to say, i didnt get back to sleep.

    • Families with several children pass down clothing one child to another. Purchase unisex colors, jeans, sneakers which have flexibility because they lace. I found a toddler’s vest made a baby greatcoat and lasted for three years. T shirts last a long time. Stretchy knits are more flexible too. A hooded windbreaker in an adult size can serve as a raincoat for a little one[ just roll up or hem the sleeves.

  50. Prepping for the pets is a big challenge! Somebody needs to jump on that bandwagon and make pet food that goes “Poof” when you add water! LOL! It does take up a LOT of room! More so than MY emergency supplies.

    • There is a company that sells through several suppliers freeze dried dog food. I bought just 3 pouches to try first. One dog turned his nose and would not eat it. The other scarfed it down. I turned to canned food for longer term storage.

  51. Our biggest challenge in food storage is getting meat from the freezer canned so it is shelf stable in case of a power outage.

    KountryKathi

  52. My biggest challenge is finding food for my husband. He is diabetic and eats very little pasta, potatoes or corn. Most of the prepared meals are full of these things so I am stuck with individual ingredients.

    • Get some very large cans of dried cauliflower to use like pasta, along with green beans, peas, miropoix (mixture), dried tomato powder (tastes like tomato paste). I keep a large package of nori sheets to use for wraps and fill with tuna, veggies, canned cheese, meats. Dulse can be munched on raw or in soup and is high in fiber and minerals. Kale chips or dry kale or dry nettles beef up the vegetable content of any food. Dried egg and vegetable omlettes- soak before cooking. Konjac miracle noodles are basically carb free and pick up the flavor of any soup or sauce. Canned meats (ground, roast beef, chicken, pork and fish are available.) Beans have carbs but have so much fiber that they don’t spike blood sugar. And stock good fats- coconut oil, olive oil, canned butter, ghee, MCT oil.

  53. I think my biggest challenge would occur when I run out of gasoline for the backup generator, and knowing what would happen to the food in the chest freezer. Our worst power outage to date lasted seven days, and that is about the limit of my fuel storage.

  54. our biggest struggle is the varied diet. we have a large extended family and several are on a gluten free diet. one person is on a doctor ordered paleo diet. every one else is on track to be 100% organic. this is real hard to do from store bought as to cost and limited supply. we are slowly building up canning capacity for future home grown food.

  55. Our biggest challenge is that our preps are basically in one place. If something compromises our ability to get into our basement, well, we are as out of luck as the next non prepper. Well other than having thought about the issue and have some plans. e.

  56. My greatest challenge to prepping and food storage is the ridicule of my family. They all laugh at me. They hide my prep supplies and get into the storage without telling me. I am disabled and live on a fixed income so the little I have saved is important to me. Not just for me but for my family as well. Can anyone help?

  57. One of my biggest challenges is not eating my preps. When I have weeks of tight budgets I tend to dip into my reserves. I’ve totally obliterated my can soup back stock. One thing I have done to help combat this is to buy bigger sizes because I am far less likely to open a #10 can size of peaches when I’m needing just a snack than a small 12oz size. Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. My biggest emergency food challenge would have to be: I have asthma, so carrying very much weight in my BOB. Freeze dried will be the way I will need to go. As far as at home, my greatest challenge would be space, so again, I think freeze dried will be the best option, and some food saver supplements.

  59. I have been getting prepping supplies together for over a year now. A little at a time. It does add up over time. I now have a six month food supply, generator, extra fuel and propane. My next project is a good water supply. Hopefully that will be taken care of early next year. I have bought a couple of manuals, batteries, radios, and monthly add to my first aid kit. A little at a time. I am retired so that’s all I can afford. It does add up though. One concern is how to store food for my two dogs for a long period of time.

  60. Our biggest challenge is storage space which will survive our likeliest disaster, a hurricane. Our house will almost certainly be seriously damaged, and possibly blown away entirely, by a hurricane. We plan to bug out to a friend’s high rise condo and shelter in his floor’s elevator lobby. We will fill our vehicles with emergency supplies and a few precious items as we cannot count on what we leave in the house surviving.

  61. My greatest “emergency food” challenge would be custom foods I need for my medical issues. I have an intestine medical issue where they do not absorb the nutrients as well as a normal person. I have to eat double the protein just to get the right amount of protein my body needs. I have to stay away from starch and sugars or I get diarrhea. So ready nutrition labels is a big habit of mine. So just putting a can of raviolis in the closet doesn’t work.

  62. My greatest challenge (and fear) is how to deal with no medications. 2 of our family is on psychiatric medication that is vital and I really don’t want to have to think what would happen if we couldn’t get what we needed!!

  63. My biggest emergency food challenge is a husband who is a Type 2 diabetic and will not eat vegetables. If the vegetables are “hidden” in the food, he will eat them. I have spent hours scouring catalogs and reading labels, trying to find emergency meals that he will eat.

  64. My biggest challenge is fresh vegetables, especially dark greens like broccoli, spinach and kale. I can store winter squashes and root vegetables in the 55° basement, but how does one store fresh veggies? I don’t want to can them because heat and water destroy nutrients. I’m new to prepping, so any suggestions are welcome!

    • Dehydrating veggies are another alternative. Most rehydrate very well. Not sure of the kale and spinach, as they are thin leaf veggies.

  65. My biggest challenge is convincing my husband that we need to store food. He is ok with store bought canned foods but dehydrated and freeze dried he doesn’t see the need. We live on a farm and raise our own meat and grow a large garden. If our water source ever fails we would be unable to raise a garden. In the past it has nearly dried up. Also having the ability to filter water. There are ponds but I sure wouldn’t want to drink it without filtering it.

  66. Money seems to be the limiting factor on what gets purchased. i have cut out some things that i do not really need and take that money to buy my preps, an example would be i do not go to the “coffee shop” and muy a 5.00 cup of coffee. i make my own from home. this and other cuts have given me about 200 per month for prepping. i move from 1 prepping catigory to another aquiring the next items on my list. this way if something were to happen tomorrow i would have some items in every catigory. i digress. my first was food. i have gone through my prepping catigories 4 times now. you would be supresed as how far 200 per month can take you over time.

  67. One challenge is to not give into to anxiety, doubt, fear or naysayers and continue to plan and prepare. We also have to keep up with use and rotation of canned and packaged goods. Water and water purification have to be considered all of the time as well. We keep in mind that doing a little consistently over time is better than doing nothing at all. We practice making meals in different ways and with different items too. This has been fun and educational at the same time. There are many challenges but we like a challenge.

  68. Biggest challenge is determining how many calories each type of food, i.e. FD, bulk, canned, etc. provide and then equating to number of weeks/months survival time.

    Great information provided Gaye!

  69. My biggest emergency food challenge is storage space. I have a small townhome and have food stashed in many places, when I know it should be in just one organized area, but that just isn’t possible.

  70. Our challenge has been what kinds of foods to store. My youngest daughter is the most picky so we began a regular family activity of sampling something new as a side dish with dinner. We have been purchasing pouches of Mountain House FD products before buying a case of #10 cans (watching for the sales you list-thanks!). FD is our long-term plan since we can and dehydrate our own foods. I wish we could do more with vegetables.

  71. I guess I’m living the “emergency food challenge” now. My electricity was turned off 5 months ago. I had a stock pile of Alpine foods that I bought for Y2K that would feed a family of 4 for 6 months. The bad part is most of that food needs to be cooked. I have never learned to cook. I always figured my wife would take care of the cooking. Since she died in ’06 I’ve lost 40 pounds of body weight.
    I have my 13 year old grand daughter living with me. I’ve had her since birth so she is my primary motivation to keep going. The little bit of Social Security I get pays for the water, gas for the generator, propane for heat, internet for school, tuition for school and buys a little food. My grand daughters teacher even brought us a box of canned goods a couple of weeks ago. My friend even took me to walmart last night and spent $88. on food for us. I don’t know how we would make it without the help of friends. God Bless Everyone and never give up. Ranger On !!!

  72. My biggest challenge (and doesn’t seem as challenging as the previous entries) is time. Having food storage is like having a mini grocery store, and another job. I have been blessed with being able to contribute to my food storage on a fairly regular basis. I dont have a lot by other’s standards, but it is mine none the less. With the storage comes all the other things as well. Rotation, replacement, inventory, checking for outdated items or bad seals. Then there is temperature control, pest control, security control and I am sure I am forgetting something. I worry all the time “Is this a good time to buy this or that? or will it be cheaper after this holiday or that season?” I work very hard for what I have. I dont want to have it all go for nothing by my complacency. Whew! Thank God I have other preps as well to distract me from just my food. Carry on.

  73. My biggest challenge is getting family members to understand the need for stored foods. It’s not a matter of work, but they all are so used to going and getting things when the pantry is getting bare, and have this “Concrete Wall” concept that if they made it through the War years and the 1950’s drought, they will make it through these days…

  74. My biggest challenge at the moment is lack of income and no room in the budget. We’re trying to add inexpensive things, like beans and ramen, here and there, but it’s hard when we barely have enough in the budget to buy enough groceries for one week. The other big challenge is storage. We live in a small house without a lot of pantry space, so we have to get creative in figuring out where to store extra food and water when we do have it.

  75. Our big problem is getting enough money to buy these types of items. Nothing is cheap these days. But we did get a big $6.00 raise on my social security. We can live like kings now.

  76. Our biggest problem is using up emergency food that is close to being off-date and “expiring”–I’m trying to develop a workable system of rotating things so that nothing gets forgotten in the back of the shelf!

  77. It’s two issues for me. Being single and not enough money. Single people need to be able to “do it all” themselves and in today’s work market there is not enough money to go around. I have tried a couple of the MH pouches on camping trips and they were very good.

  78. My biggest challenge, just starting out, is to set priorities for investing funds in being prepped. Food is only one element, and i need to spread the budget out over time. If I consider a Bug Out Bag as phase 1, what would the priority list for “phase 2″ look like for food, gear, etc?

  79. My biggest challenge is trying to convince my grown children that this is something they should be doing, too. So far, no luck and I’m too far away from them that my preps could help them.

  80. What is your greatest “emergency food” challenge?

    I do long distance deliveries, for example French Polynesia to San Diego,Ca., so finding the right mix of products is a challenge. My crew are mostly volunteers, and taste are very different. I take enough for 3 guys for 30 days, one meal a day, the other meals we have on board from provisioning in Tahiti, are quick and simple. They are for the most part to supplement our stores in case of delays, ie. weather, break downs.

  81. Living in AZ my biggest challenge is storing food where it will not get too hot in the summer. I have a barn and a storage building, but neither are cool enough in the summer. Trying to keep everything in the house is a problem.

  82. Greatest problem? HIDING IT…..see, we store in our basement, which also happens to be our tornado shelter. Um – the same shelter several non-prepping neighbors run to when the sirens go off…..and we can see them scanning to see just what we have! So my greatest problem is figuring out *where* we can store in an area with good temps but still hide what we have….Sigh.

  83. I have used various Survival/Camping Foods over the years, these Mountain House products sounds like they might be the ones for me. Just need to work out a better rotating system.

  84. My biggest problem would be that I am unemployed, and have been for a year. The second part of my problem is water storage. I don’t have a lot of room, or the money to buy water storage containers.

  85. My biggest challenge in long term food storage for emergencies is trying to store enough variety in food to have a balanced diet, too often you end up with a lot of starches and too little protein which is a serious issue also it can be difficult to have enough food items with essential vitamins in decent quantities like vitamin C etc

  86. My greatest challenge is storage space. However, that is in the process of being remedied. The second challenge, which will be the greatest soon, is just doing it. Although we have enough food for short term needs, getting long turn storage started has been slow.

  87. Biggest “emergency” food storage problem? I would like to be able to buy a single package of a storage food before buying in larger quantities. We are very particular about what we eat. I have been planning on going to a local store to buy packages of MH FD food, but haven’t done so yet.

    So far I have been buying canned food that I make into dinners. Also I have been drying my own fruit and veggies. I do make a different storage food meal at least once a week to see if my hubby likes it. We have found some favorites. Of course they are now regular meals and not storage food. lol

  88. I think my biggest challenge is finding products that my family will eat and being able to store safely in case of an emergency. With no air conditioning the heat of summer is a concern!

  89. Our greatest “emergency food” challenge is shelf life. We’re able store food but the challenge becomes keeping a fresh supply.

  90. We have done pretty good with the large quantities of stored food ( large buckets, large tins, and so on), but our challenge is the more lightweight portable foods. So these pouches would help to fill that gap.

  91. My biggest challenge is variety. My food likes/dislikes change often. Therefore, in food storage I’m always looking for something new. I NEED variety!

    Also, concerning using MH pouches, after pouring in the hot water, I wrap the pouch in an old heavy towel to help keep the heat from dissipating. This works very well for me.

  92. The biggest issues I’m having are money (recently unemployment ran out) and space. I live in an RV. These meals take a lot less space. I am making shelving for the RV where I can stack. These meals are a lot lighter than cans and are full meals in a bag!!!

  93. Greatest challenge is acquiring foods for long term storage for a diabetic, while on a very limited retirement income. The MH FD foods are ideal as they show precise nutritional values. Unfortunately the cost is prohibitive for me at the moment.

    • Jimmy, keep track of a month’s worth of food and non food items. Then you know what you need to store and/or makes some changes as you gather extra, then learn to plan other items into your eating lifestyle. I learned this 40 years ago and do it still today.

  94. I am a disabled Scottish ex-serviceman with a limited income. That’s the first hurdle. My wife, also ex-army and also partially disabled, is not convinced that there is any need to prepare for anything. As she controls what finances we do have, that is the second hurdle.

    I have convinced her to, only occasionally, pick up more than one of an item she sees with a good sale price and I manage to put that away, although usually only for a short time, until the item is required in the kitchen.

    No – it’s not easy – and motive can easily turn to motionless, if I let it – but I don’t intend to let it. Every extra item I can convince her we should have, is one more brick in our defence wall. Mountain House products such as these, would be a wall in themselves…

  95. My biggest challenge has to do with getting single servings instead of a meal for four. Getting much better but does require a bit of planning ahead. Jars and small mylar bags with oxygen absorbers my favorite now.

    • that is also a problem for me, though i figured out i’d use an extra mug to make only 1/4 of the food. and as a diabetic, having the carbs is important.

  96. Being Diabetic is difficult but I can usually get around that. Our biggest problem is that in Oklahoma we get tornadoes and Ice storms which totally take out our power! AAAAAAAAAUGH! It’s a mess and these would help majorly!

    • Patricia, do you know about straw boxes for refrigeration and cooking? With a minimum of expense. I don’t know whether you’re in a house or apt, but straw boxes are light and mobile so if you have to run for a shelter, you can take with you some things like insulin if you are using it. I remember asking a Diabetic Nutritionist how to plan for a disaster (this was post Katrina). She advised stocking up on carbs since meals may be few and far between. As a diabetic, it’s also about having that extra 30 days of meds if possible. Don’t panic, just set a plan and by all means let your doc know so you can discuss the plans with your doc.
      I do understand OK, have many family members there. Remember like anything else, take one day and situation as it comes. :)

    • wishing i had done something like that but girl scouts is different than boy scouts anyway. :( i have the ocean 2 miles away, but i’m thinking now that is still going to be a big problem because of the radiation and whatever else is going to happen there.

      • I was a Girl Scout as well as a leader as an adult. I learned and taught how to make fire, boil water as well as meal plan. As a leader, I emphasized to my girls that we would have very little in the way of refrigeration when we went camping. The coolers were just for meat, eggs, milk and soft drinks. All of the planning went into the types of foods we are stocking up on: canned, dried and freeze-dried. It was amazing the meals the girls came up with including desserts. Many included canned milk rather than fresh so we did not have to “cool” so much (I think they just wanted more soft drinks in the cooler”!! Sorry your leader(s) were not that into camping. My co-leader was the crafty type so that was her area and camping/outdoors was mine.

  97. My greatest emergency food challenge would be having enough water AND food for my critters! I’m trying to come up with a game plan to be able to keep my 5 cats dog and 2 lil birds all feed when shtf. I haven’t seen much on things for pets in a survival situation

  98. My greatest emergency food challenge would be having enough water, living In SoCal and in a desert, water is precious. I have some FD food, But with a limited supple of water that would be hard to swallow dry. I just bought a 110 gal Poly tank. I just have to work it into my garage and my stores.

  99. My biggest challenge is keeping emergency food around for diabetics, one of whom is handicapped. In an emergency it has to be quick, easy. nutritious, and low in sugars. Not the easiest thing to do!

  100. I have a couple, but most important is water. We don’t have and land, and our house isn’t huge. Finding storage for water for 5 is tough. I also have a type 1 diabetic son, and lots of our preps are carbs, so having enough non-carb foods gets a littl more pricey.

  101. Having one child allergic to nuts and the other allergic to gluten is my challenge. Getting “normal ” food is hard, but getting emergency food is difficult. Those two things are in so many products.

  102. The biggest difficulty I have is finding ‘survival’ foods that my wife will eat. Her early childhood embedded the idea that a meal is ‘meat, potatoes, vegetable’. Period! End of discussion! I grew up eating a wide variety of inexpensive dishes and I like almost everything (as my waistline can attest to) . Out of curiosity I have tried a handful of MREs and was not too thrilled with them. Yes, they could keep you alive but you might not enjoy the experience. Have not yet tried freeze dried food so am looking forward to being selected for this to see how well my wife likes them.

    • Some of the big freeze-dried food companies have sample packs you could try out. Generally a small charge for these but some companies give a good variety. This way you could try before you buy.

  103. My biggest challenge is storing gluten free food for others in my household. There are plenty of normal choicesout there,but finding long term storage gluten free food can be tuff. Mountainhousehasa few great choices. Ourfamilies favorite is the scrambled eggs. We add dehidrated green peppers and onion to ours!

  104. My biggest challenge is to find a good balance between bulk foods and quick freeze dried entrées. Obviously both are called for. This would be a good chance to add fd to my mix!

  105. My greatest emergency food challenge is the ability to pay for a reliable quality food package. The typical “cheap” packages are low daily calories, not so great taste, and usually just soups. Typically no real meat, just TVP. A family can’t live on this, especially if you have children depending on it to keep them fit.

  106. The biggest challenge I’ve faced is getting bulk food that suits the taste of my family. With my wife being Latina, she has a different aquired taste and with a child I also have to help cater to her tastes as best as possible. In “the end” survival is survival and we’ll eat whatever we can to help sustain.

  107. My biggest food storage challenge is storage space. We have never purchased any “survival foods.” But, we raise a nice garden and can every year. Those jars demand a lot of space! I have started to dehydrate several different items of garden produce as well, which helps somewhat. But, with dehydrated foods, you need to have extra water on hand to reconstitute. So, it’s a trade-off.

    • A suggestion for limited storage space. Raise your beds and your couch. I keep some of my stores under these. I have even seen 5 gallon buckets used as bed supports for box springs and mattress. Hope this helps.

  108. My biggest challenge is variety, my daughter is allergic to corn and things made from and with corn additives.
    Thanks for the great site

  109. When I was a kid, soup beans and fried potatoes were dinner EVERY night for two to three months at a time. It irritates me to no end when I see whiny kids complain that “ewe that’s gross or I’m not eating that” and that includes twenty something kids. My biggest food challenge is storing foods that I can get my kids to eat. I don’t eat beans but just once in two or three blue moons. I work I don’t have too, but if the shtf I’ll eat em just like a steak and not think twice about it.

  110. Greatest challenge for me is that my family is a military family and we move a lot, and have weight restrictions. Having a food storage that will sustain us and can fit in our meager storage spaces, and weight allowances can be tricky at times. We are slowly replacing the majority of our food storage with Mountain House because it is lighter weight, less bulky and still provide calorie requirements necessary.

    • I was a military wife. For more than 20 years as we moved, we chose to take our camping equipment, stores and those things most precious. Anything else is just stuff when you get down to it. People can’t eat stuff. Remember going too much with FD or MREs means you must store more water and carry more. Just my opinion. One soon learns what things are most important when one moves often. Just consider it training in case you have to bug out for good.

  111. Finding storage space that isn’t hidden away where I will just forget about it and of course cost, definitely have enough money to buy long term storage foods like mountain house. Would love to win this, it would help so much.

  112. I actually have two challenges. The first is space and the second is cost. Most of the food stores are from specials and picking up an extra pack or so of things when we go to BJ’s.

  113. My biggest problem is finding food that my family will eat. Being a former Marine I can,and have,eat almost anything. My wife is just coming around to my prepping mindset and is not as eager to try new things, especially food. Not only her, but I have 2 daughters, 3 and 1, who are extremely fussy eaters. Please let them like these :)

    • Kevin, I would suggest storing some long term foods but also common foods that your family eats daily/weekly. I made out a 3 week menu plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks daily using grocery foods – I rotate them out as I use them. Because it is food I am accustomed to and eat on a regular basis, I use it as well. When I want, say a can of corn, I go to my store under the bed! When I remove something, I write it on my list and purchase replacements on the next trip to the grocery store. The only things I have that are 20-30 year storage items are also items I will likely use regularly and am familiar with: flour, sugar, oats, etc. in #10 cans.

      • Me too leal, only I store extra coffee, sugar, salt and cocoa powder. These will be like money in the future. I don’t drink coffee, but many will want it. sugar and salt are minerals the body needs and hey how many will want chocolate. ;)

  114. My greatest challange is storage. Right now we have green bean case nightstands.
    Thanks for the chance, I look forward to reading more from you.

    Josh

  115. My greatest food challenge was picking through the fridge as a kid trying to figure out my parents bought from the store and what they found “dumpster diving”. Thats no joke…we were not poor just thrifty, and the whole family dumpster dove as a hobby. I was after items and tried to avoid foods from the trash, Although there were a few times I was just so hungry or the thing looked so good I couldn’t resist : ) some people have wrote books on the subject and lots of people to it just to survive……..over the years I found a lot of neat things gold jewelry, Antiques, electronics money more than once..my dad even found 5 thousand dollars once in an envelope with no name on it

    • My biggest challenges are:

      Expense… retirement income.
      Storage… limited space
      Shelf life… finding things that will keep a long time
      Diet… making meals that are diabetic friendly
      Taste… finding things my somewhat fussy husband will eat.

  116. Like many others, my challenge is finding the balance between FD foods, dehydrated and bulk. And just starting out, what to start with.

  117. To remember to rotate it and to not let it go stale, etc,
    and to be able to pack enough away enough to make difference,
    but still be light enough to not weigh me down.

  118. My biggest food challenge is preparing food that is as much pleasing as it is satisfying for the group! Feeding my son on a normal basis is challenging enough, add in the equation survival theory! To eat it all and like it.

  119. My biggest food challenge is finding the foods with the best nutrients that fit my needs and replenish me, especially as a woman. Not all hikers are alike and as such, neither should all foods be made for just one type of person or body type.

  120. My biggest challenge has been getting my husband on board with prepping. He is slowly coming around and has given me a budget so it’s getting better. I had him try the MH Granola with blueberries and milk and the freeze dried ice cream. He really liked both so I sold him on the idea of using the MH on trips and camping. I believe I will get him on board 100% eventually!

  121. My biggest challenge is the cost of the REAL meat products. Not very fond the “soy/whatever” imitation meats. The cost is just TOO much. Wish money wasn’t an issue! I purchase large amounts of vegetables and dehydrate them myself. Wish I had a little more storage space too!

    • I totally agree with you! Besides, I am not sure that soy is all that good for us. I have dehydrated meat (primarily beef) that I vacuum seal once dried. I have also canned my own meat before.

  122. My biggest challenge is getting my wife on board with storing mountain house. I love this stuff my favorite meal being beef stroganoff. But I cannot get my wife to try it.

  123. WELL AS I’M JUST STARTING MY JOURNEY WITH PREPPING I WOULD SAY MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS STORING THE FOOD PROPERLY TO MAKE SURE ITS GOOD FOR THE LONG HAUL. TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH WE NEED TO HAVE AS FAMILY FOR SURVIVAL

    • I have some long, long term storage in #10 cans (flour, sugar, oats, etc) but most of my prepping is from the grocery store. As I mentioned in my post (am I gonna win???) that I have my bed raised up on blocks. I put new canned items in on one side of the bed and when I need something (yes, I use what I purchase) I retrieve on the other side. In my research, I found that it made more sense to purchase what my family (for now that is just me) will eat and does eat on a regular basis. I planned out 3 weeks worth of menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks per day. I then purchase something for each meal on a weekly basis. That gives me 3 weeks worth of food on hand and when I use some of my stash, I write it down and the next grocery trip, I purchase. I also have found that when I do go shopping, I purchase extra. For example, I was in the grocery store the other day and found an unpublished deal – 4 for $5.00. It was not on my list but I purchased 8 cans of the item as it is definitely something that I use. That was just $5 unplanned and that will not break my bank. I have also been able to prep faster for less cost than if I went for the long, long term freeze-dried food that may or may not be used.

  124. My biggest challenge is not knowing much about getting and purifying water in an affordable way after my bottled water supply runs out. I know I need to do some research.

  125. My biggest challenge is water. I was so hoping to win the Royal Berkey – Oh well, I get a bonus next spring so will purchase one then. I have and rotate out water in the 5 gallon jugs but due to small apartment, cannot store more than 10 gal at a time right now (am looking for a larger place with a bit of outdoors for gardening) and will be able to store more. I also find it challenging to find enough places to store my prepping (under the bed is full and I have it raised on blocks – almost need a ladder to get in!) and closets full of preps and clothing. Makes rotating a bit difficult but I manage that with not too much problem – food goes in on one side of the bed and I retrieve on the other!

    Merry Christmas Gaye.

  126. The expense of all food we need …My husband is disable and I am a private sitter for mentally challenged adults but no work right now

  127. My greatest challenge would be storage space. We have a small kitchen and even smaller pantry so we have to be creative with storage; adding shelves in the kitchen and bedroom.

  128. My greatest “emergency food” challenge is making sure we stock nothing that needs anything but water and heat to prepare.

  129. My greatest challenge is that I have high blood pressure and am diabetic and the sodium content and some packages sugar content make these meals a challenge. My hope is that in a post SHTF situation, as my weight drops and fitness increases, the blood pressure and diabetes problems would lessen making this less of a challenge.

  130. My greatest emergency food challenge: After preparing with all your fine food. Knowing my family will be taken care of if something happens. But what if we have to leave our home. How much of your great tasting food will I have to leave behind? Keeps me awake at night.

  131. My challenge right now is trying to get good tasting FD food at a responable cost. We’ve got some long term storage items and several weeks of the foods we eat most often on hand. However, every year when hurricane season starts I worry about having to leave and being able to take enough portable (FD & canned) food with us as we are limited by the amount of room in our vehicle. If we ended up getting stranded along side the road, we could at least pack out the Mountain House FD food. I really like Back Door Survival and the great tips shared every week. I have passed on this info on to some other freinds so they can be in the know as well.

  132. My biggest emergency food challenges are money and space. I have a very low income and quality food preps add up quickly. I live in an apartment….so it’s a challenge as to where to store the emergency water and canned goods. My cardboard boxes and disorganization are not working.

  133. My biggest challenge right now is figuring out how to store all my supplies in a way that is accessible for rotation and is space efficient. I am somewhat comfortable about my “normal” foods. Now I am trying to build my freeze-dried larder.

  134. Greatest emergency food challenge ? For me it is not knowing how long an emergency could last, how do you know how to ration food yet still get enough to stay “fit”. Is it portioning meals or skipping meals when thinks look like they could co on for a long time. Best ways to keep these types of meals fresh if you are rationing ?

  135. My biggest challenge is being able to afford it, it is hard enough to be able to afford a healthy dinner on the table every night let alone buying survival food, but I am trying :)

  136. Challenge? Noticing that something was different! I have a non-electric propane water heater, wood stove for heat which can be used for cooking too, I can walk to a clear-water river and have high capacity filters, large garden, I can walk to hunting (Birds, Deer, Elk) if needed but there are local cattle too. If I had to leave our home, a lifetime of camping/hiking/paddle travel makes it just another adventure.

  137. My challenge is storage! I’m not trying to hide it but I am from my daughter! Lol! Under beds, top of closets! Pantry! She sees and will comment on it sometimes. I tell her what it is and she just shrugs her shoulders and walks away! Lol!

  138. My favorite survival/camping food would be toast with peanut butter and honey. I always make sure to have a bottle of honey and packets of peanut butter for my son and I on our hiking trips. He is 7 years old and it is his favorite! I also make sure to go to the surplus store and stock up on the mountain house corn and cans of beef .. The best!

  139. Getting family members outside my home to get with the program and start storing longterm shelf life food as well as water, etc. I have given FEMA info as well as some survival books.

  140. The challenge for me is space to store enough food that my family will eat, especially meat. I will be canning turkey since it has been on sale recently but it takes alot of time and space. Maybe I will dehydrate it instead. Waster is also a storage problem. I live on a salt water creek so I plan to distill and make salt at the same time but traveling with water will be a challenge.

  141. I hear a lot of people talk about cost. They don’t have the money. I know the feeling, I have very little cash to work with myself. But consider the cost of the packets. $4.98 to $6.98 where I shop. You have 5 people in your family. That’s $35 for one meal for all five. Honestly, at that cost, buy A can. You cannot afford to buy everything you need all at once. So you have to start small. I have heard people ask “what if a disaster happens next week and I only have a couple meals stocked up?” Well, a couple meals is better than NO meals. If you started buying one can per month, two years ago, would you have used any by now? Who knows. If not, that’s 24 cans you have stocked up. You need to sit down and compare the costs between the packets and cans. They look at storage. The folks in RVs…BTDT myself. It still very do-able. Not as much as an apartment, a stick-built home or a mobile home, but the room is there.

    I am not saying this to be offensive, but I hear a lot of negative talk. Take the issues you have the prevent you from stocking up and tun those into answers. Sometimes you have to quit looking outside the box.

  142. My biggest food challenge is providing meals for a diabetic who is insulin dependant. Canned food has too much sodium, fruits are high in carbs, I have never tried freeze dried foods. This may be the answer to my dilemma in making healthy meals.

  143. My biggest problem with Emergency Food Storage preps is computing how much to store.I have a Basic Plan for my family of four.But Then there is my best bud who may or may not make it in with supplies,my cousin and his family who may or may not make it under the wire.
    I also have a 92 yr old aunt who will have to be taken in if her kids dont make it to her,my wifes nephew and his wife and on and on.
    Most of the Planned Extras to the Group have their own preps but we all know about Murphys Law.And then there is O’Tooles Law(Which states that Murphy was an optimist)…
    Its very easy to see a two year supply for four people become a month or two when everyone comes straggling in with tales of roadblocks,checkpoints and ambushes.
    Hard to plan for everything.

    • You can always grow your own sourdough starter. 3 Tbs instant potato flakes (or one small potato peeled, cooked and mashed with a fork) 1 cup of water (un chlorinated) and 3 Tbs white sugar. Set it on your counter and in a few days you will have your starter.

  144. As I am getting up in years, have noticed need easier access to what is stored, be careful of the weight. The cost is becoming higher many are noticing. I need ideas on what can be added that is reasonable. More room for water. My last idea on that, store in car….at least, you will always have some with you. As one wrote, places to hide from one and all….problem, remembering them.

  145. Mine is keeping people out of my pantry. I try to keep 2 or 3+ extra of every canned or dry good that I use regularly along with my long term storage. But, having teenagers and their friends around can put a dent in your stores.

  146. the biggest challenge i have is finding stored food that my wife will eat, the cost of purchasing/canning/dehydrating enough food to be prepared for extended disaster.

  147. My biggest challenge is preparing for AFTER the freeze-dried food runs out, either by being prepared to hunt, or to plant. Few of us can store a year’s worth, or replenish it every few years.

  148. I live in an appartment right now. I have started my own year around garden to help, but eventually I will have to leave where I am at now in an emergancy situation. Storage and a more long term solution is the hardest thing to figure out. Having the food that is easily transportable and can last while waiting for a new garden to grow. History has taught us that hunting is a very temporary solution with millions of people doing it at the same time. Plus you cannot always rely on the garden either. We have a very high bug population in Florida of the bad kind. Trying to learn how to garden with out using all of the pesticides is a difficult thing to do. The aphids alone have caused alot of hair pulling stress. They are still there in the thousands even in december.

  149. Oh, how to decide. For me the proper space is probably the most difficult (in the South with no basements you have to create and spend extra money creating and keeping a cool spot for a lot of food.
    Then there is diabetes and severe allergies for one person. But I keep on….Thanks for all your help

  150. In reality, the biggest challenge is the cost. Quantity, storage, and backup supplies and locations can all be addressed if you have funding. My biggest challenge is having enough supplies and not knowing how many people I could potentially have to feed.

  151. What is your greatest “emergency food” challenge?

    Having enough resources on hand when needed.
    • Recently experienced lack of water due to a plumbing failure in the winter, so now storing and rotating several gallon jugs to keep on hand, as well as having enough for dunny use.
    • Then one has to have an adequate first aid kit, bandages, and necessary medicine on hand.
    • There are plenty of blankets, and a few Leatherman multitools on hand, and essential supplies, cooking stoves. Yet seems no matter how one prepares there is always something one misses when the time comes.
    • Mountain House gives us the ability to make fast and easy meals.
    Have tried to get the family to embrace dehydrated foods, and they seem reluctant when not needed. They tend to think it’s ‘emergency food.’
    I take Mountain House with me when I go hiking or mountain biking, just to have on hand. Have a bug out bag with emergency supplies and have a few meals stored for a few days.
    • The foil bags work great for packing out refuse and not damaging or littering the environment too.

    So the biggest challenge is ‘being prepared enough’ and testing your resources.

  152. The unpredictability of the length of a survival event affects the amount of food needed. Selecting the right foods with the longest shelf life, that will provide the most nutrition per weight or volume to last thru the event, and maintaining viability of heritage seeds are my biggest challenges.

  153. A big challenge is knowing how to prepare food from my ‘stores’ that will be tasty and good after the 10th meal of the same food.

    • I have been scanning camping websites for recipes as well as looking thru cookbooks or online recipe sites. Compare your stored ingredients to the recipes and see what meals you can create. My goal is to use some canned meats, boxed goods, canned veggies & fruit, etc with minimal added ingredients and water to make meals. If you have stored enough variety you will be able to have some good meals, maybe not each meal of the day being a large meal. An example: Keystone canned turkey, Sage flavored Stove top stuffing, canned cranberry sauce or another fruit, instant potato’s, can of green beans, corn or peas and a jar of roasted turkey gravy. The only other ingredients you would need to have on hand is water, powdered milk, some butter powder, salt and pepper and here is a large meal. Make sure you have more than one way to heat or cook your meals.

  154. I believe that for many scenarios, SIP (bug-in) may be viable. However, even in a SIP scenario, it may be that eventually, you may have to “hit the road”. That is where the real challenges begin. I presume that we would be accompanied by at leat part of our immediate family (who may not have prepped appropriately). The problem is that most commecially available pouches simply do not have anough calories for the 2-2.5 portions they are supposed/advertised to provide. At first glance, if you are carrying 6 pouches of food, you will actually be lucky to get 6 meals out of it because you are blowing so many calories just surviving. My biggest “wish” would be that 4 portions would become the new normal per pouch. This would save space in the BOB and weight.

  155. My greatest “emergency food” challenge is finding money from my pay check to buy it. It taht all most all of it just to pay my bills. Have not had a rase in 12 years. I work for the State of Kansas.

  156. My biggest challenge is trying to keep my preps organic, vegetarian and MSG free. Snce I am avid about rotating my food supplies and storing things that we actually eat now, I want to try to keep the food consistent with how we live our lives. Granted in a SHTF situation I will have no problem eating meat and any other food (organic or not), but I want to store as much food that we will continue to use and rotate through our pantry. Not alot of organic pre-prepared foods, so I am committed to learning how to can and dehydrate. I also plan on getting chickens and goats for our home as well. Would love to add Mountain house food for long term storage (keeping it out of our food rotation.)

  157. My biggest challenge is really two: 1) picking a variety so you aren’t eating the same thing every time and (2) storage of the food.

  158. My biggest challenge is to get my husband involved as I can’t seem to knock the “Rose Colored Glasses” off his face! Since he controls the money it’s hard for me to prep but I still try my b est since we have a teenage son. It would kill me to look into his hungry eyes and tell him there was no food! ♥

  159. Still a newbie prepper but I took it to heart to try them before you buy a case of something. Our biggest challenge is finding something that we can actually find palatable. We bought some try me pouches from a well known: one was so bad not even the wild animals would eat it when we put it out back for a week. The second one from that initial purchase was edible but gave us GI upset. I have not tried Mountain House yet, so I am looking forward, with hope, to trying it.

  160. My biggest challenges are:
    1. Finding storage room that has some form of moderated temperature (as opposed to a space that gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter)
    2. Keeping a good inventory of what I have on hand already so as I add to my stores I can add variety instead of just my favorites (Mountain House Chicken and Rice, Chili Mac, Beef Stew, and Lasagna)

    For the small cost of the single serving pouches I keep several at work. When I get too busy to break for lunch I can eat one pouch and it costs less than eating out – by far!

    • This may work for you Tim, or with it you might discover your own way. :) I have a home in my house for each month of the year in different parts of my home. The way I rotate, since this is December, I will empty my December stores as I replace November’s stores. I keep a sharpie so I can mark each item with the date of purchase. I also have a master list of what’s where and how much but it’s only pulled out when I mark stores and replenish; otherwise it’s kept in a lockbox. Just my personal security system having had my home robbed before, no way will I put it all in one place. In doing so, it sure makes it easier to keep track and to plan meals. Even my freezer has sections. I also save my chocolate chip mylar bags and make my own meal pouches plus if ever needed, I have an extra liquid container for water. ;) It takes looking at your home in a different way to begin but now it’s just part of my way of life. I learned this from many different people but it’s the way I find peace with what I have and know my inventory.

  161. I already posted an answer, but after a little bit more thinking……..my Biggest challenge is a Positive Attitude. All of this survival talk and thinking is self defensive…..which is natural, but reason separates us from wildlife. “Doom” is a dirty word!!
    I must maintain some hope!!

  162. My biggest challenge is to get my husband to be a believer and help with storing. I need more space and his help to build shelving and or closets. Also I need to develop a better method of food rotation. Food that tastes good would really help. So far I have limited my storage to items I know he will eat and that will store long term.

  163. What I found prepping is that striking the balance between FD individual ingredients and FD complete meals. There will be times when the expedience of a meal is most important, and others when ingredients need to be added to outside protein sources.

  164. These days there is nothing more important than food storage. The best place to start is small, a weeks supply and then build on that. If you can buy some Mountain House food, a little here and a little there and before you have a lot and will know its nutrious. When SHTF and you need to brak into your food storage you will be greatful you made the purchase.

  165. My biggest challenge is the extra money I need to add freeze dried or dehydrated food to my food storage. I have taken advantage of the grocery sales and stocked up my canned goods, pasta’s, boxed items that take very little extra ingredients and water. We will never have enough put away for the future, so we must prepare with heirloom seeds, alternative water purification and gathering methods, hunting/fishing skills and some long term storage foods from places like Mountain House.

  166. My biggest challenge is deciding when it is an emergency. Just being tired or lazy, is that an emergency enough to open my canned beef stew or the canned chili for dinner?

  167. From a morale or Christian view point, my greatest emergency food challenge would be to decide whether or not I share food with those around me in need or do I only feed my family?

  168. What is your greatest “emergency food” challenge? that would be how to store dairy products butter ,milk,cheese eggs and cooking oils for long term

  169. Trying to get the kids (grown with kids of their own) to start to get a few days of food stored for their own families. Mom and Dads resturant may be closed for business.

  170. I live in a warm & usually humid climate so shelf life is the biggest challenge. Freeze dried #10 cans are best aside from cost & portability. All other food storage means I have to recalculate shelf life for my climate & use the more cool (but limited) areas in the house.

  171. my biggest problem is SPACE! my apartment s small–actually, a bigger problem is how to hide stuff so it doesn’t look like a stash, but the size doesn’t help. and, when it comes to my get-home bag and my shelter bag (my neighborhood has lots of wildfires), there never seems to be ANY room for food! and then i read advice that says to carry enough food and water for 3 days in your bag…gimme a break, people! enough water for three days for one person walking weighs about 25 pounds; okay, i can carry that, but then what about everything else? i need a new brain, but some freeze-dried food sure wouldn’t hurt.

    • It’s not about carrying enough water on your person, more about knowing what to do or where to find it and how to get it which makes you prepared if you have to bug out. Have more than one way of acquiring food and water just as you have a bug out bag and then your walkabout body kit (sorry, it’s late and I can’t remember the name for what one would carry on their person).

      • EDC: everyday carry kit. and yes, i finally reached a compromise on the water thing. i can carry enough water for about a day, and have a lifestraw to filter water i find on the way. plus extra water in the car in case i’m stuck there for a while. fortunately, long island, new york is a pretty wet place, so with a filter i’d probably be okay.

  172. My challenge? To rebuild part of my stores after a water pipe break due to freezing weather. While I had or thought I had items mostly waterproof. I wasn’t prepared for a pipe next door apt to freeze in the ceiling and literally rain into my laundry room. While I have canned foods in other parts of my home. I thought my bugout bags would be ideal placed in the laundry for quick exit. I did not foresee others coming in to help me (I’m disabled) and just tossing everything out in the yard. By the time someone came to help me retrieve stuff, animals had had their way with my BOBs. Yes, I am on limited income too. Someone posted that doom is a dirty word. Not to me, it just means there is a BIG challenge coming and I just need to prepare better.
    So ……yes fd or dehydrated food would be a boon to me at this point. I will once again be doing the “disaster for a day” and “disaster for a weekend” drills in my house until I can rebuild what’s been lost. For those who have problems talking to their families, do the drills or use them as games, whether broken pipes, a fire, or power outage; anything can happen especially in wintertime. You might start with throwing the switch on your master electrical box just for an evening and see how your family would survive. We need these drills so it’s almost automatic for our reactions to kick in AND so each member of the family knows what to do when. Even when prepared, we can never be totally prepared. May you all find peace as you prep, just knowing you are being proactive for your family. :) MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  173. My biggest challenge is financial–lots of foods are very expensive! But, I manage as best I can and keep adding to all my stash!

  174. of course i worry about my wife and i…we have “stuff” to get us by…i am also really concerned about our pets…4 dogs and a cat…what happens to them if a SHTF episode occurs?

  175. It has been hard for me to store canned goods and dried goods and keep track of expiration dates. Some of these things have secret codes and I can’t even read them. I always worry about over expired foods and just how long over the expired date can one eat them. So rotation is my biggest problem but with Mountain house freeze dried foods I shelve and wait hoping for NO disaster but all the while knowing I am covered. I like Mountain House so much if I need to travel and use hotels I take several pouches with me knowing at the end of the day if I am exhausted and just want to rest with my pouches I can heat water in the hotel coffee maker and have dinner if I want to and the pouches are so light and packable it is never a problem to have reserve on hand. Thanks for the offer to help me out in my rotation problem. Morning Star

  176. My biggest challenge is for my family members to take prepping seriously. They believe that nothing will happen and if it does then the stores will magically be restocked as usual. Despite this, I still quietly prepare.

  177. My challenge will be to get my wife to eat freeze dried food. Her favorite food is pasta. She is convinced it is a vegetable.

  178. I think that actually learning how to freeze dry food yourself would be the most helpful solution to the problem of cost and space. To be able to do it on demand would solve a lot of issues. How practical would this be for the average person?

  179. The biggest challenge I have found is storage space! I want my foods in rotation but in a volume large enough to keep us going during an emergency. so close is important but so is safe storage!

  180. my greatest challenge is to both store enough food, but also enough varieties to keep the family interested as well as nourished if there is an emergency in the future.

  181. I live in a small mobile home with my girl friend.we have very limited space for storage. I like to store enough for 6-10 days in case of a bad storm knocking the power out.

  182. My biggest challenge is taste. If I don’t like the taste of something, it won’t go down. I’m afraid to make a large financial commitment to something that no one will eat. Growing up, my Mother had emergency storage foods. They were terrible. So as a result of that, I haven’t purchased anything that comes in a can. I grow my own garden and can or process it. We buy in bulk from the warehouse I work in and we break it down and freeze. My food storage will never grow big enough the way I’m going at it. Plus, eventually I’ll run out of freezer and shelf space.

    • Emergency Essentials has “My Choice” sized FD foods that you can try before you buy a whole #10 can of something. The prices are reasonable enough to buy a few to start. Another option is to split some cans with someone else who wants to ry them. If you don’t want to advertise that you’re “prepping”, then say that you’re trying to make food prep easier. It’s awesome to use things like tomato powder or FD carrots to cut prep time. :-)

      You can also find a group who does bulk orders and save some $ that way.

  183. Ironically, just signing on. A big icestorm in our urban area knocked out electricity for about 250,000 homes for 3 days, and there are some who will likely be out for a week. Being a bit prepared, I was OK and shared. I will tell you when the temperature is -20C out there and the house is down below 10C, the need for a hot, easy to prepare meal to to warm you up is imperative. It really makes you realise just how important it is to have food like the freeze dried, a decent source of water, and the ability to boil water (when the stove is electric) really is.
    BTW, if ever in the situation be sensible — the number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases are way up as the result of people lighting up things like BBQs inside the house for warmth or cooking.

  184. My biggest challenge is bulk water storage. All of the plastic water jugs I’ve tried begin to leak and become brittle after about one year.
    Need to learn about cisterns? Most old farm houses had these concrete reservoirs!

  185. Recipes! I am trying to find and print as many recipes as I can to make my stored foods palatable and a good variety. There are a few cookbooks out there, but I really want versitile recipes where I can sub in fresh grown veg, causht or butchered game or livestock.

  186. My biggest emergency food challenge is 2 fold. I have one child with a severe soy allergy so I have to be very careful with food I choose to store. The other challenge is my husband is a diabetic so I need to make sure we have enough protein for him and not as much carbs. The nice thing is the kids are on board so they will help and date anything that goes into the pantry and they know to grab the oldest items when we need to use it.

  187. My HUGE problem is staying organized ! I have food all over the place, hidden & out of sight.. Outta sight outta mind. The most challenging is keeping track of the “everyday ” extra food I buy. Since I’m constantly using I don’t write dwn every time I use something. I get low I just go but more, not real organized plan I know! Need a plan !

  188. My biggest emergency food challenge is space. I have filled up the cabinet that my husband allotted to me with canned items, but I have no place to store the buckets that I know I need to get filled with bulk items.

  189. My biggest food challenge is ….how I’am going to carry all my canning jars if i have to bug….the pack isn’t quite big enough….lol. Some mountain house would sure fit better than the quart jars.

    Stay Safe
    ~Dairy

  190. My biggest emergency food challenge is a kid who is a picky eater. We’re slowly trying single pouches of Mountain House meals. I’d like to have a week of fd food and the rest in bulk, it seems like a good compromise to me.

  191. My biggest emergency food challenge is $$$$ and space. I just started buys a few extra cans and have been putting them under my bed. Along with medications and other small items.

    • There are a lot of ways a person can safely store supplies with the illusion of maintaining space.. such an idea is the wall.. by stacking the canned or case storage along the wall then making a shade or false front for it the room will not be as noticeable since the wall will still look like the wall. aka.. one by twos covered with quarter inch sheet rock finished to look like the painted walls and hung over the edge of the cans or cases a false front so to speak. the storage is in plain sight but out of mind.

    • The other thing is dollars.. Starting and maintaining a food stock is similar to saving for the future financially. It isn’t by the dollars you save but by the pennies you acquire. so Like I tell my kids. put your change in a jar when the jar is full then put it in the bank. for canned storage if you need six cans of a product for a week then get nine or twelve.. Or if money is really tight then get one extra can of each. this keeps the cost down to a manageable amount the only thing you have to do is make sure that when the normal budgeted amount of food is used aka the six cans you replace it with the seven before you know it you will have a wonderful food storage program in place just remember to rotate your stock and buy when things are on sale. Most stores will advertise loss leaders to get customers in the door shopping by extra of those sale items..

  192. My biggest food challenge is to store foods that my autistic teenager will eat in the event of need. While I believe that, if hungry enough, he WILL eat, the amount of time and energy required to control his behavior by not having his normal food regime will be tremendous, esp. if we have to fall back/roll out.

  193. My biggest obstacle in preparedness is my husband who thinks everything will always be alright. He controls the majority of our finances so I get what little bit I can whenever I can. I think I may have a couple of weeks of food storage stashed back. Hopefully he’ll take off the rose colored glasses and see how imperative it is to be Prepared! Thank you for the opportunity♥

    • I had that same very experience with my wife. why buy extra just get what we need.. Well I had gone through a horrible experience back in the middle seventies and almost starved. The good Samaritan laws weren’t in place and there wasn’t anywhere to turn. I ended up having to scrape grain up behind the farmers tractors as they hauled grain into the elevators.then pound it into a crude gruel. From this experience I had developed my own food stock program so that I would feel safe.. if you are prepared you need not be afraid. I ended up in divorce from my first wife and then married my second wife. a wonderful woman that had always lived in an environment where there never was a need for extra. She didn’t understand then four years ago with the medicare cuts that were made her employer decided to downsize and got rid of all the higher paid long term employee’s so that they could hire lower paid no benefit part time employee’s and then deny unemployment compensation.We also discovered that people in the fifties are unemployable and since she had always been a dedicated employee she didn’t have the job flexibility of having many positions. we were able to survive because of my food stock and our savings we were able to get by for the year we went without an income at all. So my suggestion is I would continue preparing and just tell him that you care about him and that no matter what you are going to plan for the future.

  194. Biggest challenge is to store the food in such a way that rotating the stock doesn’t require a complete rearranging of the supplies. Seems like I’m always adding new stock but it is not easy to rotate existing supplies to the front to use them first. It is overwhelming at times.

  195. The biggest challenge is finding a way to budget for good emergency rations. It is difficult when there are 2 men, 2 women, and 4 children that will require food for a long duration.

  196. The biggest problem that I seem to have is rotating my stock and keeping up with the expiration dates. Each week we add to our surplus with the constant additions it seems like mass confusion when the new additions come in.

    • this is what we use in our pantry. Of course a more permanent form is better but if money is the deciding factor then buy these till you can get the second more permanent pantry packs.. I have had these on the shelves for years without difficulty. Just make sure you either hot glue or tape all joints as you assemble them to make them more permanent.
      http://www.canorganizer.com/

      Here is the pantry made units. they are built to last forever.. great price my suggestions are to get the cardboard ones then replace them as needed with these.
      http://www.pantrymaid.com/index.html

  197. My wife is a pack rat so almost every space is already taken.I do use under a bed and part of a small closet,but wish I had moore.I have a shed ,but in the summer it gets 90 degrees most days.Most suppliers say to store at 70 degrees or less for maximum shelf life.

    • My biggest challenge is where to start. I need storage room and to start gathering supplies. I live in the DFW area and when the ice storm came, that was another wake-up call. Some places went with out electricity for 5 days, some places did not get restocked, so shelves were bare. I need to figure out what we need vs. what we will eat.

      • again here is the pantry storage idea’s take a look.. be creative in your food storage. Mountain house gives great options for long term storage along with a nice wide variety. I have seen couches that had a small pedestal to sit on with the pedestal the food storage container. end tables and coffee tables under bed and side shelves beside the refrigerator. http://www.pantrymaid.com/index.html

      • I have some buckets or rice, beans and oats on the top shelf in my closet, in linen closet and just about every closet, under beds, coat closet and anywhere I can relocate or thin out current items.

  198. need a way to take the jarred food safely, iif i have to move it, i have shelfs. here in arizona water is a big factor in storage 10 inche of rain a year is not much. the heat is a major problem in the summer. thinking of digging a hole of some kind??????

  199. My biggest storage challenge is several things, the first and biggest would have to be water. I feel that I could have stacks of gallons of water and we’d still run out. The next challenge for me would be protein, ie., meat. All of our meat stockpile is frozen, I have nothing long term that a poweroutage wouldn’t quickly do away with. On my way down from that my challenges would be my medicines are strictly managed, I have numerous pets with no halters, and several physical disabilities that keep me housebound. Winning this bundle would guarantee my family would get the sustenance, proteins and nutrition they would need if anything untoward happened. I thank you and Mountain house for yoru generosity and I wish every contestant luck!

  200. My greatest emergency food challange is money. I am disabled, luckily I am approved to get monthly social security because I can’t work full time. With that and food stamps I can get enough food for my survival, but am always watching the news to see what the government is going to do to my money next month (that is until I plant my garden this spring and start to can food, and can be more independent).
    I usually use coupons, and check the ads for the best prices and make sure I have enough to make it through the month, plus try to have something extra just in case. My biggest problem is the end of the month when I have plenty of canned food, but the fresh stuff is nearly gone. I do my best to ration my food so that I don’t end up starving the last week until I get my next money.
    I recently moved into an apartment that has a balcony, and finally a placed to build a garden I can grow plants in, and not be too difficult to work since my main disability is my legs. I plan on a vertical and hydro or aeroponics system. Have some plans, but will be a lot of seat of pants, just do it processes. One of my ideas is a mini greenhouse, since I am in a warm climate, South Carolina, I want to extend the growing season as much as possible, with some movable planters so I can move them inside when the winter comes so the plants won’t freeze and die.
    Your articles and other prepper survival articles have given ideas that I can use to maximize my production, while minimizing costs. Using heirloom seeds, will make it a one time cost rather then a continuing expense, so even though I am not going off the grid, I am hoping to at least lessen my need for the constant connection to it.

    • one can at a time.. build it slowly.. for a fraction of a normal months grocery bill you can assemble a nice stock.. buying mountain house foods gives you greater flexibility to..

  201. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO TRY Mountain House PRODUCTS I GUESS THAT IF THE SHIF THAT ANY FOOD YOU CAN GET EVEN IF SOY DOES NOT SIT WELL ON YOUR SYSTEM THAT AFTER A WHILE YOUR BE GRATEFUL FOR ANY FOOD FOR YOUR FAMILY GOD BLESS YOU WM. KENNARD DISABLED VET.

  202. My biggest obstacle is knowledge. My mother didn’t can or preserve food and did NO prepping or gardening. I’m basically learning now so I can avoid making costly mistakes. I only have frozen stuff and store bought canned goods and a few minor prepping supplies. I also don’t have any like minded people around me.

  203. I have trouble organizing my emergency canned goods. Milk crates are not working out. They are in a closet and space is always a problem. What was in the closet is now under the bed. Things under the bed are now….well… elsewhere. Think all of you know the way that goes. Long term FD & dehydrated, including Mountain House have their own space which is dwindling. And I have just learned how to can my own garden foods. What to do next. If only I could turn a relative’s upright piano into a cabinet. Umm, would she notice?

  204. My biggest food challenge is getting started. I have just recently gotten into prepping and prepardness and don’t know how to start. This would certainly point me in the right direction and be a good start.

  205. My greatest challenge is knowing which emergency food will be loved and accepted by my family. Buying in cans and big containers makes it harder for me to open one up and test each and every one of them when I can instead just store them unused.

  206. My biggest obstacle is that I’m much better prepared for “bugging in” than “bugging out.” I have many #10 cans, but we don’t have food in small pouches such as what Mountain House offers. Other obstacles involve storage, rotation, and water supply for greater than a 2 month period.

  207. My biggest challenge is my husband. I would like to buy in bulk and store food in buckets. He only wants the prepackaged food items.

  208. My biggest challenge is finding room to store my bulk foods and keeping track of what is in my storage area. It’s my fault because I add things and don’t keep track of them.

  209. My greatest “emergency food” challenge is keeping all the stored food in a cool, dark place. I live in a mobile home with no pantry. I do have a back porch large enough for shelving, but it’s not insulated so it is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. I am in the process of converting one walk in closet into a prep closet and will store most of my long term food storage there. It’s the darkest place in the house and I will try to maintain it’s average temperature between 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  210. My biggest challlenge is the bulkiness, because I want to keep most all of the items out if sight. 45 lbs rice and I’m still short of what I need for an xx month supply? Then there is the keeping food elements fresh when the bulk items are opened to use in rotation.

  211. My biggest challenge is convincing my family that some of our extra money needs to go to emergency food and prep each month. They don’t see the value or need, and it is too easy and less stressful to ignore the signs around us that it is necessary. I am lucky that my dad gave me several tubs of Mountain House meals so I have some food stored. Humoring my family, not stressing them out and making them realize we NEED to do this is and I’m not crazy is a huge hurdle.

  212. My greatest food challenge is being a vegetarian and gluten free- it makes finding suitable meals a bit of a challenge. Also finding food for our toddler that she will eat is always a gamble- tomorrow she may refuse her favorite snack from today!!

  213. My greatest emergency food challenge is storage rotation. I tend to stock up, not rotate effectively, and then have expired stuff hiding in the back! (I usually eat it anyways though and haven’t died yet)

  214. I guess I have a couple of challenges. The first is finding something that will work for the family. I know that in an emergency situation we will do what we need to, but with 2 very young girls, making sure that I can keep the peace is important. The other and more important is food rotation. I have a couple of storage sights, and it’s easy to get sidetracked with my offsite supply. I need to be stronger with inventory taking and noting dates.

  215. Space. While infinite outside of the Earth, it is quite limited within it’s bounds. Even more so within the bounds of my tiny apartment. While I would like to keep enough food on hand to last several weeks, perhaps months, I find that I only have enough usable space for 2 weeks. This has come in handy when rent and power bills trumped grocery runs on a couple of occasions. However, recently I have been utilizing creative storage ideas and maximizing vertical space to open up a world of possibilities. Now I just need something to fill it with. **Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.** :)

  216. My Challange is I have 2 picky eaters young adults and one of them is in school 2.5 hours from me so there is no way they can store food in a tiny room while at school it need to be portable it needs to last until I can get to them the other side is the rest of us have food stored well all have our personal water filters and the cost of Freezed dried food is almost out of my budget with 2 college kids

  217. The taste of Mountain House is fantastic … I was even privileged enough to be chosen as a taste tester for a few of their newer varieties that are coming out. I would highly recommend MH as part of your prep.

  218. My greatest challenge is having enough room in a cool dry place to store my cache. I am currently working on an underground “root cellar” type storage area. It will stay cool and hidden from any marauders that are lucky enough to get past my security layers.

  219. My biggest problem will be the amount of food we will need for 5 adults and 3 grandchildren, ages
    2,3 & 6 who live in the same area as us. Storage of this amount of food and essentials seems over
    whelming. Do you have any organized solutions on how to prepare & store for families?
    Thank You, Jacqueline

  220. My biggest food storage challenge is water! We have a very deep well, and if the power is out, we will not have water. So I am storing water in cleaned jugs. I am putting the filled jugs into a large cardboard box in my storeroom and I have put a layer of cardboard between the layers of jugs. So far I have 32 jugs in one box. It might seem like a small amount, but you see, I am replenishing my water supply after having to use it earlier in Dec when sub freezing weather froze the water to the barn and I took water every day to the chickens! The jugs I am using are from juice, not milk.

    • We have very deep well too. We got an above ground pool 4ft x 18ft. You can find them pretty cheap on Craigslist or Thrifty Nickle. You will want to get a good cover for it, we also bought clamps from Harbor Freight to double secure the cover, you can duct tape it or figure your own way to secure it. Hot tubs are good as well. Just be mindful that you may have to drink the water. Water purification tablets and filters are also very good. We have many thousands of gallons of water in the back yd that requires no space in mt house. And I also fill Gatorade and juice bottles with water.

  221. My biggest challenge is money I have a wife that has arthritis and that has led too back problems,she can’t work so just keeping bills paid can be tough.I have an aquaponic garden so we will have vegetables and fish.I am not thinking of bugging out unless it gets real bad I have about 350 tilapia in my aquaponic garden.I will prep in place and be as ready as I can with what we have.Have a happy and prosperous new year happy prepping.

  222. My biggest challenge (actually have 2 big challlenges) one is “storage”, hard to find enough room for food to last any long period of time, the second and probably the biggest challenge is getting food that will “last”! MRE’s..some are not healthy, all storage foods are expensive… actually, see, there are lots of challenges…help me out with mine and make me the winner LOL….

  223. My biggest challenge is finding low or no sodium products that are packaged for long term storage. I love the idea of having a high quality product with an excellent reputation, but my dietary restrictions dictate that whatever products I choose be low or no sodium.

  224. my biggest challenge is probably like most – money! hard to properly prep when your the only income in the house with an infant child to take care of.

  225. My only problem with Mountain House foods is that they contain MSG. I have made sure to read ALL labels before I consume and when I read that these packages contain MSG, it turned my stomach. Be careful peeps. Not all survival companies are helping do the right thing. Use your brains and read the labels.

  226. Rick; thank you for the heads up!! I haven’t purchased foods from “Mountain House” yet. I need to investigate further…..and I’ve actually forgotten the msg problems, so will revisit that too.

  227. I have a suggestion, I have read all of the above comments and I believe we would all be better off preparing for an emergency if we had “prep” buddies. People in close proximity to each other. I live in the country and have one and half acre, 19 hens and plenty of space, just my hubby and me. My problem is I don’t have a great deal of time to garden [I have a garden but the upkeep is hard] I have pecan trees and planting fruit trees. It would be a great trade off as well as fun to have someone to teach me to can and they can take eggs or veggies, a barter system of sorts. And should SHTF it would be much better to have like minded people that would pull together.

      • I am blessed indeed. I lost my home in 2008 and had to rent an apartment for a few yrs. It is a lot to keep up with though as we work quite a lot. Im hoping to find like minded person in my area to pull resources. They can plant vegetables and have some eggs. I get overrun with eggs. I would be happy to share and they could help clean the coop every couple of months.

        • My wife always thought I was being to intense on being prepped then we went a year without an income. Everything we had on our shelves had to be used to survive. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get down and thank our heavenly father for those preparations. Now the wife doesn’t give me any guff about being to over prepared any more and the huge task of playing catch up with our preparations.

  228. My hardest thing for survival food is portability. I have plenty of canned goods and foods that require cooking. What I really need is light weight food to carry in BOB as I work 22 miles away and if something happened while Im in town,I have a very long walk.

  229. My biggest challenge are the funds to get everything I want to have on hand and hope that I never need! If not we’ll eat them anyway as we have liked almost all food storage we’ve bought and the first one was a MH Bucket but my 14yr old son made short work of that! LOL

    • MH has the best quality. I always keep these on hand just so the grandkids can use them as an afternoon snack. they are great easy and store really well.

  230. No. 1 is always Water !

    As a species we can survive 3-4 weeks without food, so they say.

    Without water to Rehydrate their bodies, most people will fall out (feint) after about 1 week, so the experts state. So, in the proper order I would say:
    1) A good potable water source!

    2) The finances to stockpile a healthy variety of survival foods.

    3) Proper Storage is an important factor. (If u pay 4 it, look after it for 3-5 years, then open 3 5-gallon buckets to find it spoiled or funny-smellin, your Storage was all wrong & defeated all your efforts).

    Thanks 4 the helpful articles, Josh Holliday, Orlando

  231. My biggest problem is the heat and humidity in Florida. With hurricanes always in the picture from June to November and a nuclear plant practically in our backyard, it is imperative that we always be ‘ready to stay’ and also ‘ready to go’. We try stocking up and rotating, but canned goods are way too heavy! We are also on a tight budget…dehydrated is the way to go! We are a house of ‘picky’ eaters too…I’m terrified of purchasing anything expensive that no one will eat. Wish there were an assortment of ‘sample packs’ to try!

    • @Jane – Many of the manufacturers of FD food do offer sample packs for a very reasonable price. Another option is to order some single meal pouches that you feel will appeal to your family. Try clicking though to the advertisers on the RH side of my page for ideas – or give them a call. I am sure they will help you.

  232. It seems lots of us are seniors on a fixed income so buying expensive freeze dried foods is hard. Hubby wants to pressure can most of the garden veggies when they are ready but I worry about all that weight on my storage shelving units. Maybe we can dehydrate some, buy some freeze dried, and can the rest.

  233. My biggest concern has been ‘heat and humidity in storage’…we live in South Florida…and can we even rely on any expiration dates! Our main storage area is the garage which 90% of the time is over 100 degrees.

    My 2nd concern is weight…with hurricanes and a nuclear plant practically in our back yard, we must be ready to stay and also ready to go at moment’s notice.

  234. My greatest challenge is keep my children out of it…lol…..they think it is amazing. Also the cost with a big family buying for daily food and store food it is really costly

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