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  • Mountain House Review (Part 2): Stroganoff, Teriyaki, and Noodles and Chicken

    mh-classic-bucket Mountain House ReviewWhat’s an emergency? Most of us think of natural disasters: hurricanes, floods, earthquakes.

    But what about when mom is sick and dad isn’t around and five kids ages 3 to 13, most of whom have various dietary restrictions, need to be fed?

    That happened this week. Fortunately, during the last two weeks we’ve been trying meal pouches from the Mountain House® Classic Assortment (SKU: FC B395). The bucket contains 12 pouches of six different meals. Two pouches of Beef Stroganoff to the rescue.


    Beef Stroganoff

    “What’s Beef Stroganoff?” one of my children asked.

    “It’s ground beef and noodles,” I replied.

    beef-stroganoff Mountain House ReviewNotice I neglected to mention the traditional mushrooms and sour cream. I didn’t want them to run away from the table, screaming, before they’d tried it. Some of my children are incredibly picky. I have an autistic, 5-year-old son who, until last year, ate fewer than 10 foods. I also have a special needs 11-year-old who, at nearly every dinner, informs me that she’s “allergic” to everything on the table.

    She was the only one who didn’t try the Beef Stroganoff. Everyone else liked it. Though the rehydrated mushrooms were large enough to be obvious, they apparently looked enough like ground beef to fool the children. I later caught my 5-year-old sitting on the table next to the serving bowl, shoving stroganoff into his mouth with both hands.

    We liked the sauce’s flavor, probably because it was more cream-of-mushroom soup than sour cream. The mushrooms were not the least bit rubbery, which, frankly, surprised me considering their dehydrated-rehydrated status.

    However, the best part of the meal for me was its ease and speed. I’d been sick all day and wasn’t up to cooking. Two packets of Beef Stroganoff and a salad made a quick, healthy, tasty dinner that cost less than a trip to a fast food restaurant.


    Noodles and Chicken

    noodles-and-chicken Mountain House ReviewAn advantage of variety buckets like this one is that it allows family members to realize they actually enjoy food they normally wouldn’t try. My 9-year-old fruit hater discovered she loved the Granola with Blueberries and Milk. My 3-year-old little carnivore learned that the noodles in the Lasagna were as good as the meat. (You can find my review of those products here.)

    Occasionally, however, it means running across a food that one person loves but the rest don’t.

    I thought the Noodles and Chicken tasted great. The noodles were tender but not soggy, the chicken was flavorful and the sauce was thick and spiced perfectly.

    However, a few months ago, my children simultaneously decided they didn’t like chicken. (I wish they’d made that decision before I bought the 40-pound box of frozen chicken breasts, rather than after.)

    My 3-year-old was the only one who ate more than a bite. She asked for seconds. The rest asked for hot dogs.

    Food storage does no good if no one likes it. The nice thing about this Classic Meal Assortment bucket, and other food storage buckets, is it allows you to try many different entrées. Then, when you see what family members like, you can buy pouches or larger cans of their favorites. You’re not wasting food or money.


    Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

    chicken-teriyaki mountain house reviewI’ve discovered one way to get my kids to (occasionally) eat chicken: put it in Chinese-style recipes. I served one of the two Chicken Teriyaki with Rice pouches according to the package instructions. I made stuffed egg rolls using the other pouch. The children who didn’t like chicken ate the egg rolls, and the ones who didn’t like egg rolls ate the Chicken Teriyaki with rice. Success.


    Stuffed Chicken Teriyaki Egg Rolls


    1 package coleslaw mix


    3 cups shredded cabbage and

    ¼ cup grated carrot

    2 Tablespoons soy sauce

    2 Tablespoons water

    2 teaspoons ground ginger

    2 teaspoons garlic powder

    1/8-1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (you can get many varieties in supermarket spice sections, but the best is in Asian stores)

    Green onion to taste (optional)

    One pouch Mountain House Freeze Dried Teriyaki Chicken with Rice, prepared

    One package egg roll wrappers (You can find them in the produce section of grocery stores)

    Cooking oil spray



    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking oil spray.

    In a large saucepan or wok, sauté coleslaw mix or cabbage and carrots, and green onion, with 2 Tablespoons soy sauce and 2 Tablespoons water. Add ginger, garlic powder and Chinese 5-spice powder.

    Add Mountain House Freeze Dried Teriyaki Chicken with Rice, stirring to prevent burning. Remove pan from heat.

    Put about ¼-1/3 cup mixture into each egg roll wrapper. Roll according to directions on package. Place on cookie sheet.

    Spray the tops of egg rolls with cooking oil spray and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through, until lightly browned.

    Makes 12-18.


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  • Mountain House Review (Part 1): 3 Meals from the Classic Assortment Bucket

    I’m not a chef. I’m more of a short-order cook. In my family of seven, six have dietary restriction. Food allergies include milk products, tree nuts, wheat, corn, eggs, and soy, in varying degrees of severity. I also have an autistic son who, until last year, ate fewer than 10 foods, and a special needs daughter with weak musculature who struggles with hard-to-chew foods.

    When I find a food that most family members like and can eat, it’s lovely.  It’s even better when it cooks in less than 30 minutes. And it’s a massive bonus when my kids can make it themselves. Meal pouches from the Mountain House® Classic Assortment (12 pouches) (SKU: FC B395) meet all three qualifications. We tried three of the six types of meals. I enthusiastically recommend all three.


    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    mh-lasagna-pouch Mountain House ReviewMy kids first requested the Lasagna with Meat Sauce. We used two packages. Each package said it served 2.5 people. When we used it as a main dish, we found it served more. Six of us ate, and we had leftovers. Our side dish was Emergency Essentials® Freeze-Dried Sweet Corn with Butter and Salt (SKU: FN C101)

    “It tasted superb,” my 9-year-old said.

    I don’t have much experience with freeze-dried food, so I followed the package directions exactly. (We didn’t always do so; more on that later.) After I added two cups of boiling water to the pouch and stirred, I expected everything to mush together in a (flavorful) blob. It didn’t. The texture was reminiscent of skillet lasagna, and the ingredients were distinct.

    My 3-year-old, nicknamed “the little carnivore,” ate the meat and left the noodles. My special needs daughter ate the noodles and left the meat. Both requested multiple helpings.

    The meat sauce was thick with a cheesy, mildly spicy flavor. (If you like a strong flavor, you might want to add spices.)

    “I think it should have less sauce, because it got all over me,” my 9-year-old joked.

    It contains dairy and wheat products.


    Granola with Milk and Blueberries

    mh-granola-with-milk-and-blueberries-pouch Mountain House ReviewThe package says the Granola with Milk and Blueberries serves two. It depends on the two. My 9-year-old, who made it herself, ate the whole pouch.  And she doesn’t normally like fruit.

    The directions call for ½ cup of cold water. When my daughter made it, she said it was “too liquid-y.” The pouch says you can add less water for thicker granola. The second time we made it, we started with 1/3 cup of water and added a bit more as needed.

    The granola contains milk, soy, wheat and coconut.

    I also tried the granola pouch as a streusel topping for blueberry muffins, adapting a Betty Crocker recipe. It enhanced the muffins by adding a bit of crunch and cinnamon flavor.


    Streusel-topped Blueberry Muffins


    Streusel Topping

    One packet (two servings) Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries, prepared.



    ¾ cup milk

    ¼ cup vegetable oil

    1 egg

    2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

    ½ cup granulated sugar

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    ½ teaspoon salt

    1 cup fresh, canned (drained) or frozen blueberries



    Heat oven to 400°F. Line 12 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups, or spray bottoms of cups with cooking spray.

    In large bowl, beat milk, oil and egg with fork or wire whisk until blended. Add 2 cups flour, the granulated sugar, baking powder and salt all at once; stir just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Gently stir in blueberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle each with about 1 tablespoon streusel.

    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. If muffins were baked in paper baking cups, immediately remove from pan to cooling rack. If muffins were baked in sprayed pan, leave in pan about 5 minutes, then remove from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm or cooled.


    Beef Stew

    mh-beef-stew-pouch Mountain House ReviewI was at the doctor and my 13-year-old was babysitting. My doctor appointment ran late, so my 9-year old decided to make dinner. She went to the Mountain House bucket, opened a package of Beef Stew and added 2 cups of water. Unfortunately, she didn’t read the directions to boil the water first. She put the mixture in a saucepan, and we heated it over the stove. It still came out great.

    At first glance, there didn’t seem to be that much beef in the stew. However, the beef flavor came through in every bite. It was thick enough that we served it with toast.

    Even though it tasted really good, it was not the most appetizing-looking food on the planet. So imagine my surprise when my picky, autistic, 5-year-old ate two full helpings and asked for more. This one’s a keeper.

    It contains soy and wheat.


    Other notes: The Mountain House packets contain my favorite “Best if used by” label: July 2046. Here’s one food storage item you won’t have to rotate.

    Make sure you store water as well as food. Ready.gov recommends storing a gallon per person per day for three days.

    I will review the other three meals in the Mountain House Classic Meal Assortment® in my next post.



    Editor’s note: While the food in the Mountain House® Classic Assortment comes in pouches, these meals are also available in #10 cans.


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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!

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