Free Food Friday: A Taste of Mountain House

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Long time hikers and backpackers have known for years that the gold standard in trail food has been food pouches from Mountain House.  Then Y2K rolled around and an entirely new crop of enthusiasts turned to Mountain House for “survival food”.

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Here we are, many years later and guess what?  Mountain House is still, in my opinion, the gold standard.

Lucky for me and lucky for us, I have a fantastic relationship with the folks at Mountain House (technically, Oregon Freeze Dry), and am often on the receiving end of “hint hint wink winks” relative to new things happening within their company.  The best part, of course, is that as soon as the information is released to the public, I get to share it with you!

With that introduction, I want to bring you up to date on one of the newest studies relative to freeze-dried product packaging (I was shocked!), and also share with you a Mountain House taste test I did using two of their newest meals:  Chicken Fried Rice and Italian Style Pepper Steak.

Oops!  I forgot to mention that I have two cases of the newest MH food pouches to giveaway, one each to two different readers.  More about that in a moment.

Taste Test: Chicken Fried Rice Verses Italian Steak

As I said, two of the newest products in the Mountain House product line are Chicken Fried Rice and Italian Style Pepper Steak Pouch. Both were introduced in 2015 and are just now entering mainstream distribution.  Which one is best?

First let me say that there is a lot of subjectivity when it comes to taste-testing.  At the end of the day, here is the criteria I use:

Does it taste good?
Was it filling?
Is there an aftertaste?
Does is smell fresh before it is cooked?
Does is smell funny or “off” after it is cooked?
How accurate were the cooking directions?

Now that you know all of that, I will tell you that I preferred the Chicken Fried Rice and Shelly aka the Survival Husband preferred the Italian Style Pepper Steak.  According to him, “by a long shot”.  Why did I prefer the Chicken Fried Rice?  Green peppers don’t like me so I don’t like them back.  Sorry, if you were expecting a more technical reason but that really is it!

Both meals were a cinch to prepare.  Plus, and this is BIG news, for the first time ever, the amount of water specified in the directions was the correct amount.  When I say the first time ever, I mean that.  In the past, not only Mountain House, but other brands I have tried call for far too much water.  The meal always ends up too soupy for my taste.

I am happy to see that the product engineers at Mountain House have figured this out and are now revising the amount of water required to prepare their tasty meals.

As far as the rest of my criteria goes, both products passed with flying colors, including the all-important smell or sniff test.  One other thing I should mention because I know it matters to many of you: The Italian Style Pepper Steak is Gluten- Free.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

In the News

You know how I am always recommending that home-sealed Mylar or metalized bags be put in a bucket to provide secondary protection from the enemies of food storage.  Pests, especially, can get into Mylar bags but imagine my surprise when I read about something called “water permeability”.  I had no idea.

This study set me straight:  Mountain House Forecasts Potentially Soggy Future for Major Brands of Survival Food.  The gist of it can be summarized as follows:

“In an ironic twist, brands marketing their food primarily as “survival” or “long term food storage” use packaging that can allow significantly more moisture to reach their food over time than brands that market their food for backpacking and outdoor activities. Of all brands tested, Mountain House packaging was the least permeable to moisture.”

Keep in mind, this applies to metalized bags and Mylar, and not to buckets or #10 tins which have a physical moisture barrier.  Pretty darn eye-opening if you ask me.  All I can say is that when it comes to what we enduringly call “Survival Food”, there is a lot more than what meets the eye.

The Final Word

Whereas I am a huge proponent of storing bulk foods for the long term, I also personally store and recommend that you store a supply of freeze-dried meals.  Freeze dried meals, in pouches or tins, are great for those times when hands-on meal preparation is not an option.

That said, without question, FD meals and meal pouches will be more expensive than cooking from scratch.  For that reason I recommend that you try before you buy.  Do the taste test before purchasing in quantity.

And for those that say “Who cares what it tastes like?  If you are hungry enough you will eat it?”

Dollar for dollar, prices are similar.  Why not buy something you will actually enjoy?  In times of stress following a disaster or disruptive event, eating something you like may be one of the very few comforts you have.  All things being equal, I will reach for Mountain House.

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

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Free Food Friday: A Taste of Mountain House — 168 Comments

  1. getting started, organization of storage, +expense! is difficult for me..
    I am grateful for all the work, dedication and amaing informative information. you share. thank you, Sincerely..

  2. My biggest roadblock is having to get tiny bits of food storage here and there and never feeling even close to ready! Thank God my husband and teenage son like to hunt because other than that my husband just doesn’t ‘get’ the urgency that I feel about food storage being a really critical thing to have access to.

    • I am right there with you. I am on food stamps and a disability check.you would think i could do more. but getting stock from a grocery and still eat regular food is hard enough trying to buy from a company that doesn’t take food stamps is very depressing. I know I am no where near stocked food wise if something happened. i may have a week

  3. For me it’s the price. I have tried several of their packages and like them very much. But I’d really like to store their #10 cans of freeze dried meats and those are quite expensive.

  4. My biggest stumbling block is trying to rotate stored food stocks when I’m storing food for double the members of my household.

  5. Hardest part is finding places to stash food storages so I don’t get in trouble with the wife. Okay, I guess the hardest part is getting the wife onboard with prepping.

  6. My biggest stumbling block with survival food is the cost. We are on a tight budget right now, so spending hundreds of dollars on survival food is really hard to do.

  7. My biggest stumbling block is cost. If I buy from a site that charges shipping, I want to buy as much as I can per order, but that adds up fast.

  8. my biggest stumbling block is money. I have a survival pantry but mostly canned. The survival meals would be lighter and take up less space but I can’t afford them right now. Thanks for the opportunity

  9. The biggest stumbling block would be cost for us. It can be expensive to stock enough freeze dried food to cover a family of 4 for an extended period of time. That said, I’m a big fan of MH. Consistently, of everything I’ve tried, they are the best, not only in taste but in calories and particularly protein, which would be very important. I also like the individual packs, both for sampling but also in my BO/GH bag, camping etc. We’ve also had fun sampling some of the packages of the family and deciding what everyone likes.

  10. My biggest stumbling block is safe storage space. Living in a hot climate it’s hard to find a place in the house with the proper conditions and enough space.

  11. My stumbling block is all my allergies. I have to buy a lot of single food ingredients instead of premade meals.

  12. “Survival food” can be as simple as a full pantry. Picking up an extra box or can of what you already use and a 30 day supply happens pretty quickly.

  13. My biggest stumbling block is price and storage but mainly remembering to use it so I will know how to when/if it is needed!

  14. My stumbling blocks are organized storage and rotation (I rent and have limited ability to redo the pantry shelving). I’m thrilled to even have a real pantry.

  15. As a newbie to this I think my biggest stumbling block is just not knowing what to get first or what is most important to have on hand. I have learned a lot from your blog already and am grateful for all your help. I have several freeze dried/dehydrated items in cans now but have recently been checking out the ‘just add water’ type of meals and was curious about them. This article definitely gave me food for thought.

  16. price and storage are the hardest things to over come. Then Coming up with a rotation schedule for the items that do not have a longer shelf life.

  17. My biggest stumbling blocks are the expense and storage issues. I am renting, and I live in Florida, so storage is not only at a premium, but if we lose electrical power I cannot have the proverbial “cool and dry” storage here! I do purchase extra food from the grocery store each week; I dehydrate food every week; and I purchase long-term storage foods when I have the funds. Thanks for the product reviews–it helps me spend wisely!

  18. I have been prepping now for two years and continually improved myself every month, balancing between building up a stock of canned goods, canning fresh vegetables, and long term freeze dried food. I would like to see an article being more informative on canning meat and meals. Still feel a little uncomfortable with that aspect for what ever reason. Include timespan for storage. Thanks

  19. My BIGGEST hurdle is DaHubs. He says he won’t eat Freeze dried foods but I can’t afford to buy a selection for him to try (unbeknownst to him) and have him tell me it’s awful. YES I have had to make things up and have him try it BEFORE I tell him what it is. Case in point, I acquired a packet of OVE Easy egg crystals, made them up one day for breakfast and he loved them. He was VERY surprised that they were “powdered” eggs. That and we are on a limited budget so I have to be extremely careful when purchasing things.

  20. Having a proper place for long term storage. Humidity is a big problem. We have no cool dark places in our house.

  21. Besides the cost of some of the foods, the acidic pouches just kill us with the after affects of heartburn. The freeze dried foods we have tried were good but the prices hurt. The hubs is on board with most but he tends to draw the line at #10 cans. I can’t even talk him into the sample boxes from LDS.

  22. Putting together shelf stable recipes because no one does a pre mix meal in #10 can with TVP. (Im vegetarian)So I buy the TVP in the #10 cans & have to buy all the other ingredients separate, ie; vegies, powdered sourcream, powdered tomato, butter etc. Now THAT gets expensive! If I could just buy can premade meal I would be exctatic!

    • Try Augason. I buy their items from walmart.com because you only have to spend $50, versus Augason’s $200 minimum, for free we shipping. They have lots of tvp in items like chili, just check the label in case.

  23. My biggest stumbling block is where to store everything, especially trying to keep it cool in Arizona. Aw, who needs furniture?? lol

  24. My biggest hang up is cost and choosing meals that the whole family enjoys. The expense of fruit is daunting,too.

  25. What is your biggest stumbling block when it comes to “survival food” Not being able to afford to buy it, live on a limited budget

  26. The biggest barrier for me is definetly cost 🙁
    Thank you for this opportunity to win this prize, it is greatly appreciated…… It would help build up my meager supply I have on hand!

  27. Our biggest stumbling block, as mentioned by many others, is the price. We are excited to have the opportunity to win a case of food! Thank you!

  28. I want to make sure that what I prepare will be tasty and my family will enjoy. I can’t purchase these now because they are too expensive.

  29. I am just starting. Knowing what brand to buy because I don’t want to waste money. I appreciate your research and testing. Thanks.

  30. Like many others budgeting for variety of foods. That being said I have been buying small cans of “Freeze-dried” food and learning to use them. When we like the product, I then buy larger cans…Am in the process of eliminating store bought cans of fruits and veggies and replacing with freeze dried for long term storage. It is a challenge to continually think “outside the box”, but totally worth it.

  31. The biggest stumbling block for me is sufficient storage space. I moved everything out of the garage, but I’m nearly out of room inside.

  32. Smell, Taste, Texture, Price – in that order. I haven’t tried many – but I think I am going to starve after TEOTWAWKI

  33. Do they list ingredients, for comparing to the Heart diet, and the Diabetic diet? Or, for people with food allergies. We have all three things in our family.

    • I’m in agreement with you on the hubs. Mine is expecting ANYone else to help in any situation. I am the opposite. But cost is also a concern.

  34. The biggest stumbling block for me has been information on the various freeze-dry foods. I greatly appreciate your reviews and frank evaluations, especially the remark about the amount of water to add. Last year I bought a few MH products to try in camping but was disappointed in the water left unabsorbed in my scrambled eggs so was unimpressed with the product. I am now encouraged to try them again.

  35. There’s a serious lack of Organic and GMO free items. I don’t want to buy stuff that I wouldn’t eat normally.

  36. Proper storage. I received my canning pressure cooker and dehydrator yesterday and am anxious to get started. Thanks for all the great articles!
    Linda

  37. My stumbling block is a picky spouse. Always looking for organic, gluten free, non gmo, and pass the taste test. I have enjoyed mountain house on back pack trips for over 25 years. But then there is just no pleasing some people. Or maybe the spouse is right and I should only get the good for the body food.

  38. Renting an apartment storage is a concern. Also cost has me looking for alternative food sources. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing

  39. I’ve never tried freeze-dried “survival” foods, always been a bit leery. I’m looking to diversify, so it’s probably about time. Hope they’re as good as I’ve been hearing.

  40. My biggest stumbling block is money – I don’t often have a lot of extra money in the budget to buy food that we don’t eat. This giveaway would be perfect!

  41. Storage and rotation are my biggest problems. And trusting the out of date numbers. I find things that say they are expired are perfectly fine.

  42. My biggest stumbling block regarding survival food is ignorance. I’m not an adventurous soul when it comes to food, so I’m hesitant to invest in most freeze-dried products simply because I don’t know how they’ll taste. The second biggest stumbling block is price–I’m not willing to gamble by purchasing many freeze-dried products because I don’t want to waste my money should I discover I don’t like them.

  43. My biggest hurdle is twofold in that the cost is often prohibitive and second once I have the product the rotation schedule.
    Enjoy their product and have used it several times and would really enjoy having or trying some of the Italian pepper steak flavors. Might go well with the freeze dried mashed potatoes that I have.
    Thank you for all you do and keep up the good work.

  44. I have picky eaters in my family, plus one with a gluten intolerance, so finding things that meet the pickiness categories, PLUS gluten free can be daunting.

  45. I’m excited to try the new gluten free pepper steak meal. Nice to see more options for the GF community
    Thanks Mountain House!!

  46. Hello, I have planned a week Kayak trip down the COLORADO River, from Davis Dam AZ to the Parker Dam AZ. I have not thought of Your type of packaged foods as my tendency is toward the Veggie side of things and I am VERY CONCERNED with package food ingredients… I’m NOT into GMO type foods or food type products with those added type of ingredients…I would like that type of info before purchasing ANY type of food to pack with me… Thanks for your time any info you may send to me,,, Sincerely, Cliff Gant

  47. I live in a small place with little storage that’s already spoken for. I do have food stores, just not as much as I would like.

  48. The first block is cost. Really expensive. The 2nd is that many companies do not give a person enough calories per day. They short you for whatever reason. I don’t know about Mtn. House. I haven’t figured the calories on them yet. I can’t afford FD anyway.

  49. Nice to have an easy contest to enter, and glad to hear they fixed the instructions! If these companies don’t taste what they sell how do they know it’s a good product?

  50. My biggest challenges with emergency food storage are space, cost, and staying consistent in the effort……

  51. My biggest problem with survival food like this is the expense- and without my husband being on board with being prepared in case of stuff, he consistently refuses to allow me to spend the money on things like this. Not even just to try it, or just have a couple on hand just in case. =/

    • There is an episode of Doomsday Preppers in which a wife preps from the grocery budget and hides the food very creatively. My husband is resistant to prepping. I’ve been filling my protein powder canisters with rice or beans and an oxygen absorber then I hide these big jars under the furniture. It’s only one per month but they will add up. If we had to bug out of the apartment I could put the cannisters in grocery bags and carry down to the car. The popular 5 gallon buckets are much too heavy for me. Karen S.

  52. What is your biggest stumbling block when it comes to “survival food”? My biggest block is food that tastes good to the family. The wife is a bit picky lately.

  53. Dear Gaye, thanks for another fabulous giveaway. You have the best prepper website without doubt.

    My biggest stumbling blocks are heat and location. I have a little house in the country but it is not air conditioned. We also have a small apartment in the city for work. The only way we would stay here in a disaster is if it was local such as a hurricane or blizzard. So I prep water and first aid for the apartment. Trying to build up a month of food. Plus we need fuel to cook it on the balcony. And of course sanitation is the biggest issue in an apartment.

    At the house I worry all my years of prepping are down the drain because of heat. We have started bringing that food back to the apartment and eating it. Eventually I want to build up a supply of 30 year food like rice, in the crawl space which should be cooler. Whew, thanks for listening everyone, these are worries constantly on my mind.

    I WOULD LOVE to win the fried rice. My husband would love the steak. Either one would be a huge step forward as I have not tried any FD food.

  54. My first issue that I’m concerned about is the cost. Quickly after that, I worry about the healthiness quotient/health issues related to certain types of foods. I worry that we’ll be stuck eating things that our digestive systems can’t handle.

  55. My biggest challenge is to live long enough to use what I’ve been maintaining on rotation for the past 9 years.

  56. My biggest stumbling block is long term food supplies. We have a short term supply that I inventory every 3 months and rotate out every 1-2 years and things we have put in mylar and such ourselves, but I’d like to build a supply of 5+ year shelf stable items.

  57. Time. I cannot afford the packaged stuff so I am diligently squirrelling away my garden produce, dairy and meat, but you can only can and dehydrate only so much at a time.

  58. My biggest stumbling block is keeping stored food at a cool temperature to prolong its shelf life. Problem with living in a desert.

  59. My biggest stumbling block is the cost of freeze dried food. I would love to get some but it is so expensive & I would like GMO free food & more organic raised meat & veggies & fruit.

    Thank you for the chance to win this to try it!

  60. The biggest problem is shelling out the money to buy an unknown. It would be most helpful to know what you are investing in.

  61. My biggest challenge to survival foods is how the neighborhood is going to react to my showing up at their door Trick-or-Eating when it isn’t Halloween and I have a .38 revolver in my hand and wearing a mask… demanding food instead of candy!

    (Thank you, Gaye… and Thank you, Mountain House!)

  62. My biggest stumbling block when it comes to “survival food” is the prices. Not that they are very high, it’s just I can never seem to save enough up to buy any

  63. Storage space and acquiring a taste for freeze dried, dehydrated foods or MRE’s. I used to have MRE’s but they took up way too much space and material wise they are kind of wasteful. They were also pretty heavy for backpacking. I now mostly use freeze dried or dehydrated foods but space for No 10 cans or larger packaging is outrageous.

  64. How exciting! I would love to win this awesome prize, so I can try this food that I’ve heard so much about. Thanks so much for the great article and the chance to win. 🙂

  65. My biggest problem with Mountain House food is that I can’t build up a stockpile! I eat too much of it. When I come in from working in the yard all day I have the choice of 15 to 20 minutes preparing something, or 10 minutes or so waiting for the Mountain House to re-hydrate. Which do you think I choose? 🙂

  66. My biggest challenges are price and not knowing which of the packaged foods my family would really like. I wish that the emergency food companies would sell smaller sample packs so that you can try before you buy larger amount, so that you only buy what you know you will eat. I’m just getting started on building up a small surplus of food.

    • Janine – WalMart and probably some of the sporting goods stores sells the individual servings of Mountain House. You would find it in the sporting goods section. They also have a brand called “Backpackers Pantry” which I have tried and absolutely do not like!

  67. My biggest stumbling block when it comes to “survival food” is not knowing which or what type to get for long term storage for the best of nutrition,storage life and lastly, taste.

  68. My biggest stumbling block is a very, very tight budget. A small income combined with the cost of survival food makes it extremely difficult to purchase.

  69. Cost is a facture, but putting it through rotation for every day meals has been a challenge. We want every thing to fall into place if a disaster happens here.

  70. My biggest issue is cost. I only get 16 food stamps a month. my disability check barely covers the rest of expenses.wish you could buy with food stamps

  71. The biggest stumbling block to “survival food” aka anything freeze dried, is the price. I am a group coordinator for my little local area, and we have been able to save here and there, but it seems the group items are not always the BEST items. In other words, they’re off the beaten path and not always likely to be something people are socking away for food storage…or the discounted price just isn’t all that great. I also do my own shopping, bulk when I can, or big purchase of sale items. While that also works well, there are some things that i am just completely missing in my food storage, the main one being fruit. Canned veggies are cheap and easy to pick up, canned fruit or FD fruit is EXPENSIVE. While we do have a small orchard started, we are looking at another 3-5 years before it is productive enough to harvest anything substantial from.

  72. Taste of some of the products. When my children were still small and living at home, I tried to eat only from the food storage for one week. The children complained, but I was persistent. That is until my oldest daughter up-chucked her mashed potatoes all over the table. We called it quits and the experiment a disaster but eye opening..

  73. Getting started and knowing how much to buy is my stumbling block. I’ve been seriously thinking about starting a stash cause this country is slowly going to hell in a handbasket, but knowing how much to buy is a problem. I know you can never have too much, but you can have too little and I’m worried about not having enough to see my family through a hard time since you never know how long it’s going to last. :/

  74. It’s banishing the memories of the 1960s “Chicken a la King” we ate while on field trips during summer camp.
    One hopes the preserving technology has improved since then.

  75. My stumbling block is space. I have a very small place and even if you throw in the car trunk it doesn’t leave much room for a decent amount of long term supplies.

  76. I would absolutely LOVE to win the new pepper steak pack- have been talking about that for a month! My biggest challenges are storage, as well as my budget. So, I only get a package or two every couple of months, not nearly what I want. Baby steps.

  77. I guess it would be cost when in comes “survival food”. My normal food stores are made up of stuff we currently use, so I can justify buying it as I know I will use it. But when it comes to prepackaged items I have a harder time spending that money with the intent of leaving it sit and not using it unless something happens.

  78. My biggest obstacle along with many others is cost. I buy items a little at a time and it is slowly adding up. Too slowly but it’s better than nothing.

  79. At the moment, it’s storage space. I’m just getting started prepping, and have limited space for storage. Hopefully that will change in the future.

  80. The lack of money is my biggest stumbling block. I can spend less than a hundred dollars a month on groceries and things like personal products and household items. If I spent that on stuff like this, I wouldn’t be able to save it. I would have to use right away for food.

  81. I would definitely say for me its just getting started. Not knowing where to even begin. on a fixed income it seems way overwhelming!!Not to mention can be pricey.

  82. Thank you so much for this article! My husband and I have been wanting to build up our food storage, but cost is our biggest stumbling block as right now we are saving up for our first baby on the way 🙂

  83. My biggest concern with freeze dried food that is available is the packaging size is generally multiple servings in the pouches so some is wasted if you are single. Also not confident that pouches and more economical cans have the exact same thing when they are called the same.

  84. My biggest stumbling block is where to start! I know the ‘cheapest’ aren’t always the best taste or packed with the needed calories, so here is me, a newbie, starting!

  85. I struggle with not knowing how much is enough to store, how and what to rotate and feeling like there are gaps in our storage that need to be filled.

  86. Over the past several years, we have been periodically buying dehydrated and freeze dried supplies, primarily in the #10 cans. I’ve tried to get a real broad variety of products. Some stumbling blocks for us are: storage space (must be indoors due to living in coastal Texas) and we haven’t really tried the foods to see if we like them. If I open the #10 can, it will have to be used and then I won’t have it for an emergency situation!I’ve purchased the #10 cans because they are not as expensive. It would be great to win some smaller packages and try the items that way.

  87. I suggest trying several of the meal pouches to find what your family likes best before investing in the larger cans.

  88. My biggest stumbling block is when I buy expensive freeze-dried food I want to put it directly into storage and not taste it but I know I need to try it to make sure I like it.

  89. Survival food often tastes bland, having little or no flavor, containing heavy food products that are so hard it days hours to soften up in hot weather. With Mountain House I fill an aluminum canteen with water and leave in the sun, this heats the water throughout the day to create a pouched meal when it’s needed. If one has a car simple set the canteen in the windshield area and it heats up even faster.

  90. have trouble rotating my stash. EX-My husband prefers frozen veggies and I put away canned veggies so they don’t get rotated as they should. I know he will eat them is has to.

  91. I find it hard to keep track of the expiration dates by cycling in the soon to expire foods and eating them.

    • It takes quite a bit of effort to select the winners, verify entries, and notify them. I usually do this on the Friday following the giveaway. Once that is done, the winners are displayed in the Rafflecopter widget. Sometimes, I do get this done before Friday (like today) but not always.

  92. I have read many, many comments about how the cost of stocking food is high and they have a problem justifying the cost to family.
    Yes, cost is a factor but if you buy just one thing a week – maybe an extra can of veggies, or a bag of beans, or even a bag of jerky it does add up.
    PLUS if you can’t stock enough food think of other things you can do to barter for food and other supplies. Find something you are interested in or already do as a hobby like woodworking, leatherwork, crochet, knitting, gardening, etc and learn more about it. Not everyone will have those skills when needed and you may be the one they turn to for help. If you know how to reload ammo learn all you can about it and get supplies a bit at a time for that – someone will need your skills later. If you are a knitter gather up the patterns and yarn that will become essential in a disaster situation – gloves, hats, vests, sweaters and socks will be needed by everyone.
    We all have special skills and we can learn more about those so we can be a useful and needed part of a post disaster community.

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