Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall

Once again it is “Free Food Friday”!  I know how you love emergency food giveaways and so today I have another one for you.  The folks at Mountain House will be awarding each of three readers a sample kit of three Mountain House meal pouches in a Mountain House Fall Giveaway!

What’s included?  Three good ones:  Chili Mac, Lasagna and Biscuits and Gravy!

Mountain House Fall Giveaway 470

So how good are Mountain House meal entrees?  You have heard me mention Mountain House Chili Mac on many occasions as my favorite with Lasagna right behind it.  Biscuits and Gravy are new so I have not tried it but you can bet that it will be good.

A Reader Review of Mountain House Products

What better testimonial to Mountain House than the first-hand experience on one of our giveaway winners?  Wanda V., a recent winner,  sent me her thoughts and now I will share them with you.

I was one of the winners of the Mountain House giveaway kits. And first, I would like to say thank you! I really appreciate being given the opportunity to try this product.

Secondly I would like to say, wow! I was surprised and impressed with the flavor and texture of the food. I am not sure what I expected, I guess maybe I expected to sit down to the meal with the attitude of “at least it’s something to eat, it’s better then starving.”

But that wasn’t the case at all.

This is what I received:

BISCUITS & GRAVY – Buttermilk biscuits with gravy and pork patty crumbles. The package contained 2 servings, serving size 1 cup prepared, with 310 cal per serving. Takes 8 – 9 min to rehydrate with boiling water.

FIRE ROASTED VEGETABLE BLEND – A blend of fire roasted bell peppers and onions with corn and black beans. The package contained 2.5 servings, serving size 1/2 cup dry, with 60 cal per serving. Takes 7 – 8 min to rehydrate with boiling water.

APPLE CRISP – with a separate pouch of granola to top it with when it was ready. Package contained 4 servings, serving size 1/2 cup prepared, with 130 cal per serving. Takes 5 min to rehydrate with boiling water.


I would like to apologize for taking so long to send this thank you out. I wanted to wait before commenting on this giveaway until after I had a chance to try it. And I kind of drug my feet a bit on making this meal, because as I said before, I think I was expecting a rather tasteless, ho-hum meal.

But boy were we surprised. We decided to have the whole works for one of our lighter lunch meals. Based on the size of the packages, I really wasn’t sure it was going to make enough to qualify for our main meal for two people, but I missed the mark on that one too. Not only did the food taste wonderful, but it was very filling and satisfying as well.

The food was very easy to make, you just open the package, take out the oxygen absorber and pour in the correct amount of boiling water, stir and then seal it back up again. And in just a few minutes you have a wonderful meal.

The Biscuits & Gravy had a good flavor, it wasn’t salty tasting like so many packaged things can be and there were actually chunks of biscuits that weren’t all soggy and mushy in it. Although, I think if I were to have it again, I would make it a point to shake the package some more after closing it.

When we ate, we scooped the food out onto our plates, (instead of eating out of the packages) and I did have a small amount of dry stuff that water didn’t get to from one of the corners. That was more an issue of operator error or a learning curve on my part then anything to do with the product or the directions.

The Fire Roasted Vegetable Blend was very good as well. The vegetables were slightly firm and not all mushy. You could taste each of the individual items, and it was a great balance of flavor as well. The only thing I ran into on this was a couple of the beans were a little firmer then I cared for, but again, I think I would blame that on operator error as well.

I made all three of these items at one time, in order of longest set time to shortest. The idea being to have it all done at the same time. I may have been on the shorter end of the time for the vegetable blend not giving it the full time it needed. So again, that would be part of the learning curve on this stuff (don’t rush it, but I also think you don’t want to over do your time either, but that is just a guess). Even so, I think it was only a couple of beans that were like that so nothing that would take away for the rest of the meal at all.

And the best was saved for last! The Apple Crisp. To sum it up in one word, YUMMY! I am so glad this package was 4 servings in it. Even though it was making a meal for two, you just don’t want to skimp on the dessert.

Especially when it tastes this good. The flavor again was wonderful, not excessively sweet but enough to tickle the sweet tooth, apples had the right texture, and the granola for the top added the sweet crunch you expect from the topping. The only thing that was missing was a nice scoop of ice cream to top it off with.

All in all, I was amazed. It was way better then I was expecting. I think I could easily keep some on hand for the long term emergency but also for the “oops, I forgot to thaw the chicken and have very little time to make supper” moments. This food is fast, easy, and very tasty. I give it two thumbs up and five stars.

I want to say – Thank you to Gaye at Backdoor Survival for facilitating this give away and thank you to Mountain House for offering some of their product for this giveaway. This has helped open my eyes to a another level of food storage, that I will enjoy immensely.

The Giveaway

If your mouth is not watering by now, then something is wrong with you!

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to select one or more of the options on the Rafflecopter form below.  You can sign in with your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Easy Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options to pick and choose or select them all.

There will be three winners!  Also, note that the winning item can only be shipped to an address in the United States or Canada.

The giveaway will end on Thursday, October 16, and the three winners will be notified by email. Note that the winning entries will be verified and the winners will have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will e selected.

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The Final Word

I would like to thank Wanda for her review, and of course, Mountain House who has become a big supporter of Backdoor Survival emergency food giveaways.

Something I like about the Mountain Food pouches is that you can prepare the meals directly in the pouch.  This means that if you are away from home with just a rocket stove, a small pot for boiling water, some matches and a spork, you can still enjoy a tasty meal, emergency conditions notwithstanding.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to the items related to today’s article plus some cooking and eating off grid favorites.

Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, and Biscuits & Gravy:  These are the products being offered in the Mountain House Fall Giveaway.  You also might want to consider Mountain House Limited Edition Flavor Combo that includes 6 different products at a great price.

Mountain House® Apple Crisp:  Who wouldn’t want some Apple Crisp after reading Wanda’s review?

Light My Fire Titanium Spork: A “spork” is a spoon-knife-fork combination utensil. I have wanted one of these for the longest time so I finally ordered one.  I chose the titanium over non-BPA plastic because I thought it would be more durable.

UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers:  The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is waterproof and holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. UCO Stormproof Matches burn for around 15 seconds, no matter how harsh conditions may become. The matches are windproof, waterproof, and even continue burning underwater. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the Match Kit and can be replaced when worn out.

Coleman PefectFlow 1-Burner Stove:  This Coleman One-burner Propane Stove is an easy-to-use portable stove that should meet almost any camp cooking need. The PerfectFlow regulator provides consistent cooking performance by producing a steady fuel stream, even in cold weather, high altitudes, or when fuel is low. Equipped with one 10,000 BTU burner, this fully adjustable stove will last for 2.2 hours on high or up to nine hours on low.

Solo Stove:  A rocket stove that burns biomass or wood is perfect for boiling water for your meal pouches.  The Solo Stove is small and lightweight but puts out a fire that burns hot and fast.   See Building a DIY Rocket Stove.

BIC Disposable Classic Lighter With Child Guard:  This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally.  BICs just work – every time.

Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter:  Zippo has been creating virtually indestructible, windproof refillable lighters for more than 75 years. The Zippo Street Chrome pocket lighter is no exception. This lighter features a classic textured chrome finish and carries the same lifetime guarantee–to either work or be fixed by Zippo free of charge–for life. This lighter uses butane fuel. All wearable parts including flints and wicks are replaceable.  Every prepper should own at least one Zippo!

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are made of soft and supple top grain leather for comfort and pliability, plus they have an internal liner gives more comfort and durability. These will keep you hands and arms safe while cooking outdoors over an open fire.

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169 Responses to “Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall”

  1. One of my favorite any time meals when I am by myself–Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and milk. Makes my tummy happy!

  2. Just made a shelf stable version of Pasta Primavera, which I found on the Emergency Essentials blog at //

    It was pretty decent, but would tweak it a bit next time, as the kids and I found it to be a little to gummy and didn’t really like the whole wheat flour taste.

    Here’s my tweaked version using all freeze dried or dehydrated veggies:

    Pasta Primavera – Shelf Stable
    Whisk together and let sit until needed at end:
    1-1/2 Cups Hot Water
    1-1/2 Tbsp chicken bullion (or 2 cubes)
    3 Tbsp Creamy Soup Base

    Simmer the following in a skillet over medium high heat for 6-8 minutes , adding more water as needed, until the carrots are almost tender.
    1/3 cup Carrot Dices
    2 Tbsp Chopped onion or flakes (I used extra)
    1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
    1 cup water
    Reduce heat to medium. Add 1 tsp reconstituted butter powder (or ghee), and saute the veggies until the carrots are fully tender. Set aside.

    In the meantime, start a large pot of water to boil. Once it is boiling, cook 3 cups Egg Noodles for 8-10 minutes, then drain and set aside.

    While waiting for water to boil, measure out 1/3 cup each of the following freeze dried or dehydrated veggies into a large bowl, and cover with hot water and let rehydrate while boiling noodles:
    Green Peas

    After draining noodles, then drain the veggies separately, and sautee them with about 1 tsp clarified butter (ghee, or reconstituted butter powder) until they are hot and some have browned. Put the veggies back in the large bowl, and add the carrot mixture and pasta to the bowl.

    Then in skillet, make a roux using:

    1/4 cup Flour
    2 Tbsp Clarified Butter (use ghee, or reconstitued butter powder)
    1 tsp Italian Seasoning

    Then add broth/cream soup mixture to the roux make a nice gravy. Add more water or flour to get consistency to your liking.

    Pour the sauce over the bowl of pasta and veggies. Mix well in large bowl to coat everything, then serve.

    Warm bread or rolls and a fresh green salad would go great if non-pantry items are allowed.

  3. I have yet to try Mountain House (or ANY dehydrated packets)… I am kinda worried I won’t like them. I just haven’t taken the plunge yet on a tight budget to try it for fear of wasting money. Rock*me*HardPlace

  4. My daughter came up with this one as part of her home school home-ec project- our version of “Chopped”- it’s Raye’s Famous Spam:

    can o’Spam
    Italian breadcrumbs
    one egg, beaten with 1 T. milk or water
    pepper to taste
    Cut that Spam into slices, dip into the egg, and fry it. Raye mixes a package of pork gravy with an extra 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water added so it’s thinner and pours it over the hot Spam. You’ll never know it’s Spam!
    P.S. Love MH chili-mac and can’t wait to try the biscuits and gravy!!

  5. Quick Beef Stroganoff
    2 cups of beef cubes (freeze dried)
    3 cups of stock (any flavor)
    1/2 cup onions fresh or dried
    salt and pepper to taste
    2 tbs flour
    I put all in cook pot cook on high for about 40 min reduce heat to low. Add in a table spoon of sour cream.
    Serve over noodles or rice.

  6. Chicken Chili:

    1 can of diced tomatoes
    1 can of corn
    1 can of kidney beans
    1 can of canned chicken
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1-2 TBS chili powder
    salt to taste

    Add all ingredients to a large pot and heat through long enough for flavors to meld.

    Mmm, mmm good!

  7. 1 can refried beans,1 can diced green chilies, 1 cup shredded cheese. Mix all in a microwave safe bowl and nuke it until hot. Grab some tortilla chips and chow down!

  8. Layer crumbs,tuna and mushroom soup in a casserole. Before the last layer of crumbs add a cup of wine. Bake until bubbly.

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