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  • Mountain House: Nearly 50 Years of Freeze-Dried Excellence

    We strive to bring you emergency food that will stand the tests of time, in quality, taste, and health. So when we were looking for a company to partner with, these high standards played a key role in our selection of Mountain House as our freeze-dried food partner.


    A Lasting Legacy

    Mountain House has been creating delicious freeze-dried meals for nearly 50 years. This legacy of excellence began during the Vietnam War when the United States military requested better tasting, longer lasting, and lighter food than the K and C rations they were currently using. Mountain House (known as Oregon Freeze Dry at the time) was awarded the opportunity to be the military’s supplier, and has been ever since. For more details on how they came into being, check out their video below.



    Proven Quality

    Creating freeze-dried food for almost half a century means Mountain House has been around long enough to actually test their 25-year-old food that has aged in real-time, as opposed to accelerated lab tests done by other companies. This makes their claim of their food having up to a 25 year shelf-life a proven fact. But what about food older than 25 years, you ask? According to Mountain House, it’s still good! The flavor might change a little bit, but it will still be safe to eat.

    There’s more that goes with this proven shelf life, however. Mountain House has what they call a “Taste Guarantee,” meaning if your food doesn’t taste as good as it would have the day it was packed by 25 years, they will replace your food for you, no questions asked. That’s a confidence that can only come from decades of quality production.


    3rd Party Testing

    Mountain House doesn’t just believe you will love their food; they know you will. By taking advantage of third-party testers, Mountain House has evidence to back up their claims that people really do prefer their food over that of other brands. With our quest for the best in freeze-dried food, it’s little wonder we’re the largest suppliers of Mountain House around. We carry every Mountain House product they produce, and sell them at the lowest prices anywhere!


    Mountain House Overall Liking Summary for Chili Mac via Oregon State University Mountain House Overall Liking Summary for Chili Mac via Oregon State University


    Mountain House has Variety

    Emergency food doesn’t just have to be for storing and never eating. Mountain House expects you to eat their food, whether in an emergency, while hiking or camping, or just as an easy-to-fix dinnertime meal. They want you to enjoy their recipes, and they’ve provided you with many options to do just that.


    Mountain House Chili Mac Mountain House Chili Mac

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Meats

    Mountain House has a plethora of meal options from breakfast dishes, lunch and dinner entrees, and meats. From scrambled eggs and breakfast skillets for breakfast to chili mac and beef stew for lunch and dinner, your options for meals stay as fresh as the food itself. With cans of meat – such as chicken or beef – you can add extra bulk to your meals or use them in your own recipes.

    These freeze-dried entrées are prepared by professional chefs and are then freeze-dried so when they are reconstituted they revert back to the ready-to-serve meal they started out as. Boring and tasteless camping and emergency food is a thing of the past. Mountain House gives you the power to eat what you want, wherever you are.

    You can find every Mountain House option by clicking here.


    Sides and Desserts

    A meal just isn’t complete without a side and dessert. Sides help round out your meals with vegetables and fruit, and Mountain House’s delicious desserts really are the cherry on top. Choose from raspberry crumble or freeze-dried ice cream (just to name a few) to really turn your outdoor or emergency meals into something special.

    Mountain House Raspberry Crumble Mountain House Raspberry Crumble

    Buckets and Kits

    The Mountain House buckets and emergency meal kits are easy to carry and easy to store. Depending on the bucket, you get either 12 or 16 Mountain House food pouches. As for kits, you can combine various kits to create multiple combinations of meal options. For example, the 2-Day case of emergency food has different food options than the 5-Day Emergency Food Supply, and the 3-day is different from the 4-Day, as well as the others. So when it comes to having a variety of meals, mix it up with these Just-In-Case Emergency Food Supplies. Combine the 5-Day case with a 2-Day case for 7 days of Mountain House meals. Combine others for even more days’ worth of food! It’s up to you how you mix it up, but you can guarantee a varied supply of your favorite meals.



    Mountain House Breakfast SkilletEach pouch has approximately 2.5 servings full of delicious Mountain House food. One of the perks of pouches is their small, personal-sized contents. If you’re out on a campout, you may not want to haul around a #10 can of your favorite entrée. Pouches allow you to pack your food in convenience. The pouches can also be used to reconstitute the contents without even having pour it into a separate container. This makes it so you don’t have to carry plates around, either. When it comes to quality and convenience, these Mountain House pouches definitely deliver.


    After all is said and done, however, the most important thing about Mountain House meals is whether or not you like them. Of course, their track record in creating mouth-watering meals is above expectation, so we’re confident you’ll love them, too.

    Throughout the entire month of March, we’re throwing out all the stops to give you some of the best deals ever on all things Mountain House. Visit our Mountain House page by clicking here and take advantage of some great deals on amazing freeze-dried food!

  • Introducing Mountain House Multi-Day Emergency Food Supply Kits

    All KitsLet’s face it – you need to eat. It’s not only a necessity, but it’s something you actually enjoy doing! After all, what’s life without food? Sometimes, though, finding good food for an extended period of time can be difficult. Fortunately, Mountain House has developed a way to keep you fed in a simple, convenient manner that will blow your taste buds away. So without further ado…Mountain House Just-in-Case Emergency Food Supplies!

    There are many kits to choose from, but the concept remains simple. Each kit comes with a certain number of Mountain House food pouches – enough for two or more days, depending on the kit chosen. That means if you only need four days’ worth of food, all you need to get is the 4-Day Emergency Food Supply. Simple enough, right?

    But that’s just the beginning! By mixing and matching these kits, you’re able to get yourself even more days that what it says on the boxes. For example, if you need a week’s worth of food, your options include a 4-day and a 3-day, or a 5-day and a 2-day. Need food for two weeks? Why not get one of each!

    The benefit in getting different kits to reach your meal count is that each kit contains different meals than the other kits. That means each 3-day kit has the same meals for that day count. Similarly, each 5-day kit contains the same meals for that kit. So, each meal you find in the 3-day kit won’t be in the 5-day kit, and vice versa. This is especially useful if you want more variety in your food storage.

    2-Day ExplodingInside the kits are pouches of freeze-dried meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for however many days you choose. One of the perks of pouches is their small, personal-sized contents. If you’re out on a camp out, you may not want to haul around a #10 can of your favorite entrée. Pouches allow you to pack and prepare your food in convenience. By using the pouch, you can reconstitute the contents inside without even having to pour it into a separate container. This makes it so you don’t have to carry any plates or dishes around, either. Then when it’s ready to eat, the pouch is now your serving dish. Convenient indeed.

    But what about taste? After all, that was one of the very first things mentioned above as something crucial in our meals. Not to worry! Mountain House has some of the best-tasting freeze-dried food around. They have professional chefs create their meals from scratch, so you know the food you’re getting is quality. Mountain House also offers a Taste Guarantee, in which if your pouches don’t taste like they did they day they were freeze-dried in 12 years, then they will send you a replacement straight up. That’s how confident they are. Third party tests have also declared Mountain House the best of its competitors in taste, appearance, and other categories.

    If you’re looking for great tasting, convenient emergency or camping food, look no further than these Mountain House multi-day emergency food kits. Just grab a kit and you’re good to go for up to five days. Add more kits and you will have as much food as you need for as long as you need without having to figure out the math behind it all.

    Being prepared with great food can make a huge difference in your camping and hiking trips, and especially during an emergency. Mountain House makes it easy for you to continue eating flavorful, home-style meals when traditional methods of cooking are no longer available.

    Visit http://beprepared.com/just-in-case.html to get your Mountain House Multi-Day Emergency Food Supplies!


    What's in your ideal emergency food supply? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Mountain House Meals: Freeze-Dried Security

    Try this experiment, right now; Look around you and determine how far away you are from something to eat. Anything. In other words, how long would you have to last before you could find a cracker, a candy bar, or a T-bone steak from where you sit right now. Odds are, you are within minutes, maybe even seconds, from popping some nourishment into your mouth.

    For many in first-world societies, the prospect of a next meal is rarely in question. But all that could change in an instant. Earthquake, storm, social unrest, cyber attack or large-scale power-grid failure could make your lunch more challenging and put dinner right out of the picture. Then what?

    Along with water and shelter, food is a universal human necessity. The human body can survive anywhere from 1-3 months without food. Most people, however, need at least one good meal a day or they don’t do well. And while the physical effects of undernourishment are most concerning, there are profound psychological effects that can be just as dire. The Minnesota Starvation Experiment, a study conducted during World War II, found that even in semi-starvation conditions of consuming 1,560 kilocalories a day, depression, hysteria and even hypochondriasis manifested in many of the participants. The reports found that in a semi-starved situation, participant’s thoughts and conversations were consumed with ideas of food and eating. Going without food can have dangerous effects on your mental state, and can lead to poor decisions in critical times.

    Finn_ski_troops could have used some Mountain House meals A Finnish ski patrol during the Winter War, 1940

    One brutal example of poor decision making from lack of food comes from a battle fought during the Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland. Dubbed the "Sausage War", Russian troops overran the left flank of Colonel Paavo Talvela the night of December 10th, 1939. There were few troops there other than cooks, other field kitchen staff and medical units. The Finns had no way to repulse the attack and fled with sausage soup still simmering in cook pots. The Russians, who were poorly equipped and even more poorly fed, should have continued their attack, but the entire battalion stopped upon smelling the still cooking sausages in the kitchens and began to gorge themselves. Finnish Colonel Aaro Pajari, who was still in the area, quickly assembled a 100-man force and counter-attacked, destroying nearly the entire Soviet battalion, who was now lethargic and completely focused on eating. Many men were said to have died with sausage still in their mouth. The Finns who were well fed and fighting for their homeland, had not only a physical and situational advantage but a critical psychological advantage as well. They could focus on the task at hand and weren’t distracted by their grumbling bellies.

    Empty ShelvesWhile we probably won’t ever be in that kind of survival situation, it’s not hard to find recent examples where food scarcity can be a real issue. Just look at the snow storm that hit the East Coast recently. There were numerous news reports of bare store shelves in the days leading up to the storm. The people buying those foods were those that hadn’t mentally or physically prepared in advance for the possibility of an entirely foreseeable natural disaster. Everyone who was already prepared with food on-hand had peace of mind whereas others had anxiety. They were able to avoid the crush of the crowds and focus on other preparations they might have had to make.

    So what kinds of foods should you have on hand for an emergency? In short, have a variety of foods you like to eat. Ranging from canned foods to freeze dried meals, make sure that you would like eating those foods, even in normal situations. Freeze dried food is especially useful due to long shelf life and ease of prep.

    Of all the freeze dried meal makers out there, none are better than Mountain House. A few of the things that set Mountain House apart are:

    • Mountain House has the longest PROVEN shelf life in the industry. Lots of companies claim long shelf life based on extrapolations from accelerated lab testing, but only Mountain House has been around long enough to test actual 25-year-old product.
    • Mountain House meals are unique in that they are fully cooked, and use real meat and vegetables.
    • Because Mountain House is also the most popular brand of backpacking and camping meals in North America, they cook their meals intending consumers to eat them. Compare this significantly different approach to companies who make meals hoping you’ll never have to eat them.
    • Mountain House meals have the shortest and easiest prep time in the market. After adding hot water directly to the contents in the pouch, you’ll have a hot meal in under 10 minutes.
    • soldiers eating Mountain House mealsMountain House is born out of meals they’ve been making for the United States Special Forces since the Vietnam Conflict. They’ve taken their decades of expertise and applied it to make meals for the civilian market. If you need meals that cannot fail, no matter what environment they are eaten in, you want to make sure you have Mountain House.
    • Finally, Mountain House meals are widely regarded as the best tasting freeze dried meals available. Look around for product reviews and see for yourself!


    Thankfully, Emergency Essentials carries the entire line of Mountain House meals. To make it even easier, Emergency Essentials has created exclusive long-term food kits with time frames from 3 months to 1 year. Imagine that, a whole year’s worth of food that you don’t have to rotate and track for at least 25 years!

    When you take all of this information together, it makes sense to make Mountain House the cornerstone of your more comprehensive emergency preparedness plan.

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