Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • I just tried the Mountain House freeze dried cottage cheese and I'm in love. You heard me correctly. Mountain House freeze dries cottage cheese! It’s pretty impressive. 

    In the past, dehydrated and freeze dried milk products have gotten a bad rap. (Except Emergency Essentials' dehydrated milk products, of course. They get rave reviews.) So I set the bar really low for what I thought would be some freeze dried cottage cheese malarkey. 

    It’s no malarkey folks! Freeze dried cottage cheese is… well, good! 

    It’s easy to get excited about this Mountain House product. When the freeze dried cottage cheese is rehydrated it looks like cottage cheese (not some pulpy mess) and it feels like cottage cheese (not a glop of white stuff). 

    The texture and flavor are both spot on. Individual curds stand on their own and are firm and chewy, just like curds ought to be. The saltiness of cottage cheese comes through, too. I followed the instructions on the can; after 15 minutes I added a little more water because I like a little more liquid in my cottage cheese. 

    You might not have considered adding cottage cheese to your food storage because it seems like such a luxury item, but now you can! Plus, if you buy 6 or more cans of this freeze dried Mountain House food storage you’ll get 25% off your purchase (sale ends today). 

    Little Miss Muffet couldn’t be more pleased than I am. Now, if only I could find a tuffet to sit on… 

    ~ Steph

    Here are 10 ways to eat your freeze dried cottage cheese: 

    1. Plain

    2. With fruit

    3. Add herbs or seasonings and eat with crackers.

    4. Add to salad dressing

    5. Add to an omelet

    6. Mix into smoothies for a protein boost (with fruit!).

    7 & 8. Pair it with Pasta

    • a. Stuff pasta shells – use your long and short term food storage! Mix with tomato powder, pasta shells, and cottage cheese.
    • Toss with spaghetti, onions or garlic, and pepper.

    9. Make a vegetarian taco (thanks for the idea www.Daisy.com) – Mix cottage cheese with pico de gallo, add avocado, and eat in a warm corn or flour tortilla.

    10. Use in a dessert. Layer it with granola and berries to make a parfait.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: recipes, mountain house, dehydrated, freeze dried, Emergency Essentials, Milk, cottage cheese, Little Miss Muffet

  • Mountain House® Lasagna with Meat Sauce is a customer favorite that combines tomato sauce, pasta, beef, and cheeses. It’s freeze dried and packed for long-term storage, generally 25 years. But just because it’s packed for long-term food storage doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate it into your everyday meal plan. 

    The aroma when opening the package is like taking a fresh home made lasagna out of the oven. Some of us have been taste-testing for lunch at work, and this is the unanimous favorite for flavor. Use a little less boiling water than instructed, then add a little more at the end if you need it. Don't make it too loose. ~ Dave T., California 

    Each #10 can of Mountain House® Lasagna with Meat Sauce contains around ten servings. I think the serving size is generous, especially when you pair this entrée with sides like bread and a salad or vegetables. I also liked the heartiness and felt like I was eating a substantial meal that would keep me satisfied for a while. 

    The regular price of the Mountain House® Lasagna with Meat Sauce is $34.49; right now it’s on 20% off until March 21. And if you buy it with 5+ other #10 cans of your choice, you’ll get it for 25% off. 

    Happy shopping! 

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, sale, storage, food, freeze dried, lasagna with meat sauce, #10 cans, Emergency Essentials, entree, meal, long-term

  • Have you ever thought about expanding your food storage to include raising livestock? Perhaps you’re interested in increasing your home food production? Given that many of us live in suburban neighborhoods where there are zoning restrictions, space issues, and time concerns, you may think that raising animals is a pipe dream. Well, what about rabbits?

    For the prepper lifestyle, rabbits make a very attractive food source. For anyone who is interested in a healthy, lean, delicious meat, rabbits are the way to go.  – Sharon Hanks

    If you have the space (and it doesn't take much), consider including rabbits in your long-term food production and storage plan. Rabbits can provide fresh meat without the space requirements that cattle need and without the noise that chickens create. Read about the other benefits of raising rabbits from Sharon at Skyview Acres. 

    The Guide to Raising and Breeding Rabbits for Meat from Mother Earth News is another resources that's packed with information. It's written for beginners, by a beginner. Here’s an excerpt:

    A Chinchilla weighing three pounds, live weight will cost you from 25 to 35 cents or a little more to raise. You'd pay a dollar, at least, in the market for him. 

    The article also brings up how much time you’ll need to put into raising the rabbits, what a hutch should have, and what to feed your rabbits. 

    And of course, what would a blog about raising rabbits be if we didn’t talk about how quickly those wascally wabbits multiply? First, let’s be clear on one thing: the world does not need more pet rabbits. There are plenty of pet rabbits in stores and shelters. If you’re squeamish about turning the rabbits you raise into meat, find someone who might be able to butcher them for you before you start breeding, because you’ll quickly have a lot of rabbits on your hands.

    Rabbit gestation is about 30 days, and litters can run from 5-12 kits, depending on how you’ve bred your does. 7 kits is generally recognized as a manageable litter size (for you and the doe). It’s recommended that you give your doe at least 40 days after the last litter before breeding again. If I’ve done my math correctly (and I’m using a conservative time estimate) that’s 42 rabbits – from one doe. 

     

    If you’d like rabbit meat without having to raise them yourself, check these links for breeders in your area.

    http://www.rudolphsrabbitranch.com/rrrbrdusa.htm USA by state (lists also available for Australia and Canada)

    http://rabbitbreeders.us/state-rabbit-breeders-index (some on this list are show breeders so read carefully)

     

    Here are other informative articles on raising rabbits. 

    Raising Rabbits: Helfpul Suggestions for Beginners from Washington State University 

    A Primer on Backyard Meat Rabbit Raising Practices by Mary-Frances R. Bartels of Rudolph’s Rabbit Ranch and Waterfowl Farm 

    American Rabbit Breeder’s Association, Inc.

    Follow one of the great conversations on raising meat rabbits from our Emergency Essentials Be Prepared Forum.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, Be Prepared Forum, Emergency Essentials, meat rabbits, home food production, Mother Earth News, Chincilla, Californian, suburb, bunny, breeders, rabbit, association, American, Skyview Acres

  • Freeze dried foods get fancy! As part of our sale on Mountain House #10 cans, you can get Blueberry Cheesecake for 20% off the regular price. If you buy six or more cans you’ll get a discount of 25%.  

    Here’s what Matthew in Texas has to say about Mountain House’s Blueberry Cheesecake,

    A fantastic dessert! If you are preparing for a food shortage or camping supplies, this dessert is a must have.  In the case of a food shortage, this dessert will keep morale up. 

    Matthew’s making a great point. When your family is tired, anxious, and working hard to stay alive, a tasty treat can make a big difference. 

    One can makes approximately 12 servings, and one serving contains 200 calories. That’s a relatively low calorie count; if you bought a ready-made cheesecake it would probably contain around 370 calories per serving. 

    You’re probably wondering how cheesecake is freeze dried… that’s a great question. The Mountain House Blueberry Cheesecake is actually a kit. The crust, cream filling, and fruit topping come in separate pouches, and you put the ingredients together yourself (the cream filling is the only part that actually needs to be rehydrated). 

    Fill up that shopping cart and stock your food storage shelves with food you know your family will eat. 

    Happy rehydrating! 

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, sale, food, freeze dried, Emergency Essentials, blueberry cheesecake

  • For those of you who couldn’t make it to our stores last Saturday, we cooked up another round of delicious food in the Sport Solar Oven. It was a beautiful day at all four store locations. The skies were clear and the average temperature was around 57 degrees. It was a perfect day for solar oven cookin'! 

    The Orem store cooked an amazing chicken pot pie using a mixture of fresh and freeze-dried vegetables topped with a homemade biscuit crust. They also baked a giant cookie for dessert. (A giant cookie, people! Can life as a prepper get any better?) The food was delicious! Cook Time: 2 hours

    The South Jordan store cooked diced chicken with cream of chicken soup and veggies. They also baked rolls seasoned with cheese and butter. As you can imagine, customers loved the samples. Cook Time: roughly 3-4 hours

    The Murray store cooked diced chicken with a mix of veggies. They baked fluffy rolls, perfect for dipping in their entree. Delish! Cook Time: 4 hours

    The Bountiful store cooked a BBQ chicken that was as tender as can be. They also cooked a delicious wild rice (with carrots) on the side. Can you say AMAZING? Cook Time: 4-5 hours

    Here is what a customer said after seeing the demo in South Jordan: 

    “I would not mind eating solar oven baked food on a regular basis, let alone during an emergency.” – Roy

    We will be testing out recipes in our solar ovens every Saturday this month. Contact our Emergency Essential stores for more information. To read about how the Sport Solar Oven works, click here.

    Is there something you want us to test this coming Saturday? Let us know below.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Butter, vegetables, freeze dried, Sport Solar Oven, rolls, wild rice, Emergency Essentials, stores, giant cookie, chicken, pot pie, biscuit, BBQ

  • “I've recently begun some serious RV camping and decided to include FD (freeze dried) foods for emergencies.  I have had experience with MREs and have never been overly impressed with their flavor.  These crackers may not be Ritz or Keebler but they definitely beat out any generic brand I've ever tasted.  And compared to the baked pumice passed off as bread in an MRE kit, it's like a piece of heaven.  They are about twice the size of a normal Ritz and hold together very well.” – Jon, Virginia

     

    Thanks for the feedback Jon! We want to let you know that you can get Pilot Crackers as part of the Mountain House sale on #10 cans. All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off, so the Pilot Crackers cost $16.23. If you buy six or more cans of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    Pilot Crackers descend from hardtack, that infamous staple of adventurers on land and sea. The modern pilot cracker is a great deal tastier (and easier to bite into) but still has its ancestor’s characteristics. It’s hearty, sturdy, and versatile. We’ve used Pilot Crackers to highlight our Super Bowl dips, as the crust for our Peanut Butter Pie, and as a side with our Pearled Barley and Ground Beef Soup.

    Each #10 can contains approximately 70 crackers and one cracker is one serving.

    Pick up a few cans of Pilot Crackers during our current sale. You’ll be glad you did!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, mountain house, sale, dehydrated, freeze dried, Emergency Essentials, pilot crackers, hardtack

  • Hi Team,

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that preparing for unexpected events is becoming more and more common. With tv shows pushing everything from wilderness survival to zombie warfare, prepping is going mainstream. So mainstream that even Popular Mechanics is getting in on the trend. This April 2013 the PM cover will read, Survive Anything.

    In anticipation of their April mag, Popular Mechanics has posted several prepper-related articles on their website. Here's an excerpt from How to Stock Your Disaster Pantry (via instapundit):

    [...] We filled our pantry with enough food to build a 30-day diet made up of 55 percent carbs, 25 percent fats, and 20 percent protein. That puts us within the 2010 dietary guidelines suggested by the USDA for all age groups.

    Emergency Essential's Year Supplies provide a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, protein AND essential vitamins and minerals. If you'd like to analyze the content of your food storage pantry, check out our Food Storage Analyzer. It's a great tool!

    Read more from How to Stock Your Disaster Pantry. Look for their other related articles under Survival Tips (some more helpful than others).

    I think you'd like to read what they have to say, and I'd love to hear your feedback below.

    Happy reading.

    Source: http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, prepared, Survival, Popular Mechanics, tips, preppers, magazine, disaster pantry, USDA, dietary guidelines, mainstream, minerals, nutrients, Food Storage Analyzer

  • Mountain House Travel Tip

    Ok, I mentioned a great travel tip in Friday’s post about our sale on Mountain House’s freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. I love the idea SO much that I’m expanding on it today…

    First though, I should give credit where it’s due. This tip came from Grant in Utah, via Sarah here at Emergency Essentials. He took his family of eight to Disneyland for a week and took two #10 cans of Mountain House entrees.

    Here are three benefits that we see to taking freeze dried food on your vacation:

    1 – The #10 cans are light. That means you can pack them and they won’t push your luggage over the weight limit. Unless of course you’re taking your Yeti with you just in case the Pirates of the Caribbean ride shuts down. (Like it did when I went in 7th grade. Sigh.)

    2- Save on money. According to Grant’s calculations, even if his family ate on the cheaper end of the spectrum, like McDonalds’ Dollar Menu, they would still end up spending around $50. So, deciding to save their moolah for those cute little Mickey Mouse ears, they brought along Mountain House Mac n’ Cheese (regular price, $28.99) and Beef Stroganoff (regular price, $28.29).

    3 - Save on time. Here’s what Grant had to say about it,

    At the end of a long day at Disneyland, we were tired, hungry, and some of us were a little cranky. The last thing you want to do is go find somewhere to eat that will make everyone happy. 

    Great point, Grant. Thanks for the helpful travel trip!

    To prepare freeze-dried and dehydrated entrees all you have to do is boil water (which you can easily do in the coffee maker in your room), add it to the contents of your #10 can, and wait 10-15 minutes. You won’t have to suffer through clean up either since there won’t be any pots and pans to wash up! 

    All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off through March 21, 2013. If you buy six or more of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    If you’ve used freeze-dried or dehydrated foods on your family vacation we want to hear about it! Comment below and let us know how you used your food storage.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, sale, family, #10 cans, Travel Tip, save money, save time, freeze dried food, dehydrated food, vacation, Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Do you like green eggs and ham? Do you like them Sam I am?

    Would you like them in a storm? Would you like them nice and warm?

    Would you eat green eggs and ham?

    Would you eat them from a can?

    Eat them! Eat them!

    Here they are!

    Okay, okay… So Mountain House doesn’t actually sell green eggs and ham, and you’ve probably got a green St. Patrick’s Day breakfast to take care of, so let’s just get down to business, eh?

    Mountain House® Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red & Green Peppers - 19.4 oz. makes approximately 17 servings. That’s enough for your whole family and then some!

    Here's what Dave in Iowa has to say about the MH Scrambled Eggs and Ham with Red and Green Peppers:

    Eggs/ham/green peppers is a winner!!! Now, frankly, eggs are only so good as a freeze dried item, but I find this mix more than adequate. Very flavorful.

    Get yours before our sale on Mountain House #10 cans ends. Each can is 20% off, unless you buy six or more of the same item in which case you’ll get 25% percent off.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, sale, freeze dried, Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss, green peppers, red peppers, scrambled eggs, St. Patrick's Day

  • Emergency Essentials is holding another great sale, but it ends on March 21. All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off. If you buy six or more of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    To kick off our sale, here’s a featurette of a Mountain House product you may not have previously considered: Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf.

    The Mountain House® Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf is a delicately seasoned blend of white, brown, and wild rice; mushrooms; broccoli; green beans; sweet red peppers; and parmesan cheese.

    First of all, who knew you could get gourmet sides into your food storage? Doesn’t it sound delicious? Secondly, this is great food storage option for vegetarians. And thirdly, considering that you’ll get approximately ten 1-cup servings per can for for $24.39 , I’d say that it’s a great deal.

    Here’s what one Emergency Essentials customer had to say:

    “Yummy! A friend recommended freeze dried food as the ER food that tastes the most "real." She was right. The long grain rice & wild rice pilaf is very good. I will know to keep it on hand for quick dinners at home.” – Terry, California

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, mountain house, sale, dehydrated, freeze dried, wild rice, long grain rice, pilaf, long grain and wild rice pilaf, Emergency Essentials

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