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Mountain House offers one of the longest product shelf life ranges in the industry. Their food is guaranteed to delight your taste buds even after it sits on a shelf for 30-years. How we cook food, is one of the key factors that impact taste and quality.
At Mountain House, they use a home cooked style which enhances the flavor of food naturally. Beyond tasting good, emergency food should be healthy, nutritious and satisfying.
This blog focuses on Eight of the best Mountain House meals to consider including in your emergency food stash.
Everybody should start the morning off with a hearty breakfast. The Mountain House Breakfast Skillet is just that. It contains cooked eggs, hash browns, red and green bell peppers, onion, and pork sausage. The meal is thoroughly precooked and then freeze dried, so all that flavor stays fresh. One serving offers 350 calories, 21 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbs, and 13 grams of protein. It is low in fiber and contains only four grams of sugar. The downside is that one serving of Mountain House’s Breakfast Skillet contains 80 percent of your Registered Daily Allowance (RDA) for cholesterol. The Breakfast Skillet easily rehydrates with hot water for a wholesome, homecooked breakfast even in the face of danger.
The Mountain House Scrambled Egg Breakfast offers 190 calories, 15 grams of protein, and 7 grams of total carbs. All of Mountain House’s egg products are made using whole eggs with the naturally occurring glucose removed. This is a process that helps boost shelf life without diminishing the flavor of the product. While made with whole eggs, ham and peppers, this meal has 110 percent of your RDA for cholesterol.
To balance out the high cholesterol in the Mountain House Breakfast Skillet, plan on making their granola breakfast a staple. It has only 10 mg of cholesterol and still provides 250 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 37 grams of carbs. The ingredient list is good and includes wholesome foods such as granola, non-fat milk, and blueberries. Their granola consists of oats, coconut, wheatgerm, brown sugar, sesame seeds and natural vanilla. One of the pluses for this meal is that you can eat it without rehydrating it. If you want a hot cereal, rehydrate with hot water. If you prefer your breakfast cereal cold, just add cold water. Prep time is under 10-minutes making this an outstanding way to eat and get you day started.
Lunches and Dinners
At Mountain House, lunch and dinner are interchangeable.
The Mountain House Chicken a la King is the ultimate Mountain House meal as it has the most protein at 18 grams per one cup serving and a boatload of carbs at 29 grams of carbs per serving. The total calorie count is 280 per serving making this our top choice for Mountain House meals. What impressed us beyond the excellent protein/carb ratio is the ingredients – chicken, mushrooms, pimientos, green peppers, celery without a long list of food extracts. Mountain House makes their food in such a way that it is naturally flavorful and it hits the mark as an emergency food store. While this meal is high in protein, it only represents part of the total calorie intake needed for a 2,000-calorie daily goal. You will need to add around 390 calories to hit the 667 calorie-per-meal goal.
The Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice is a power packed meal. It offers more protein at 14 grams per serving to beat the 13 grams of protein found in the beef stew, and it makes up for that with 45 grams of carbs and 310 calories per serving. For a 2,000-calorie diet, you’d only need to add 357 additional carbs to hit that mark. The good news is that this meal is not overly laden with cholesterol, just 115 mg per serving. It also has five grams of fiber and only four grams of sugar. Their Chicken Fried Rice offers a nice balance of protein and carbs without a lot of negatives. The higher carb count makes this a better lunch than a dinner as you will likely need those carbs during the day rather than at night.
The The Mountain House Beef Stew packs on the protein with 13 grams of protein per one-cup serving. As a meal, their Beef Stew is a good mix of protein and carbs. It offers 22 grams of carbs, which include three grams of fiber and two grams of sugar. This is a low fiber meal. The downfall is that this is not a meal that is high in calories. There are only 190 calories per serving making this a portion of a meal. If your aim is to consume 2,000 calories per day, then each meal needs to hit the 667-calorie mark. At 190 calories, you will need to add 477 additional calories to reach 667 calories. However, knowing that is half of the battle. As you prepare your emergency food stash, be sure to consider calorie consumption as part of the guideline that you use to establish how much food you need. The plus is that this meal offers 25 percent of your RDA for protein.
The Mountain House Chicken Stew offers 12 grams of protein and 24 grams of carbs. What is impressive about this meal is its ingredient list. It is made using potatoes, chicken, carrots, and green peas. Many processed foods use “flavoring” to imitate the wholesome taste of main ingredients. They do this to keep the price low. At Mountain House, their ingredients are whole foods – potatoes, not potato extract. Each one cup serving of Chicken Stew has 230 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and only 5 grams of sugar making this low fiber meal.
The downside to the Mountain House Chicken Stew is that you still need to add 437 calories to make a complete meal. The positive is that this is wholesome food and it is not full of an extraordinary amount of corn starch or other filler to boost the calorie count or total carb count.
The Mountain House Beef Stroganoff trades a few grams of protein and adds a few grams of carbs and about 70 calories per serving. If you have other protein sources, then this is a great meal to add to your emergency food stash. There are 11 grams of protein, 29 grams of carbs, and 260 calories per serving. This is a low fiber and low sugar meal. You will still need to add 407 calories to hit the 667 calories per meal mark.
Meal Options to Boost Calorie, Protein, or Carb Intake
Mountain House offers additional products that help to flesh out a meal so that you hit the per-meal calorie goal based on your recommended daily calorie intake. Most label information skews to a 2,000-calorie goal. If your goal is different, you will need to adjust your meal planning to hit your mark.
- Diced Beef – Serving size is 2/3 of a cup and for that amount you gain 100 calories and 25 grams of protein. There are no added carbs making this an excellent option to boost both calories and protein.
- Diced Chicken — Serving size is 2/3 cup, and for that amount of diced chicken, you gain 170 calories and 25 grams of protein. There is no gain for carbs.
- Ground Beef — You gain the most calories from the Mountain House Ground Beef. In a ½ cup serving you gain 230 calories and 20 grams of protein. There are no carbs, but there are 16 grams of fat.
Uses for Mountain House’s freeze-dried meats are plentiful. You can easily add them to your lunch or dinner entrée, or you can add them to your breakfast skillet.
- Raspberry Crumble — If you just need to add carbs and calories, the Mountain House Raspberry Crumble is a good source for both. ½ cup of prepared Raspberry Crumble offers 140 calories and an additional 29 grams of carbs. This is the only dessert product that they offer in a #10 can. You can use it as a dessert to boost lunch and dinner calorie intake or add it to the Mountain House Granola to boost breakfast calorie intake. The downfall of the Raspberry Crumble is that it is full of sugar. It has 21 grams of sugar per ½ cup serving. Eating too much sugar can cause your blood sugar levels to spike or crash.
Final Word on the Top Mountain House Meals
Overall, the quality of the food is outstanding, and you cannot beat the long shelf life of 30-years. Mountain House has been in business for over 50 years, and all their products are freeze-dried both for longer shelf life and for ease of reconstitution. Simply add water – hot or cold – and your meal is ready in under ten minutes. While the Mountain House menu is vast, they did not offer dried fruit which would make it easy for consumers to boost calorie, carbs, and healthy sugar intake.
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