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  • We are putting the Sport Solar Oven to the test every Saturday during March at our retail stores. Here’s our report from Saturday March 23rd.

    When we arrived early to prep, we saw there was SNOW! Luckily, the weather can change within minutes in Utah. The clouds cleared out for a few of our store locations, but the temperatures hovered between the high 20’s and lower 30’s.The stores that had limited sunlight put their plan B into action. They pulled out a Volcano Stove and whipped up sweet and sour pork chops and au gratin potatoes. We won’t let our customers go hungry!

    At the stores that did have sun we put the solar ovens out and got to work. This time most of the ingredients we used were food storage items. (See list below.) We made bread, pork chops with veggies, cinnamon apple crisp, and a cookie.

    Despite the snow and cold, the ovens still reached the 250 degree mark inside. The pork chops took 3.5 hours to cook and the desserts and bread only took about 2 hours to bake.

    We will be testing the solar ovens one more time this coming Saturday (March 30th).  Contact our Emergency Essential stores for more information. Click here to read about how the Sport Solar Oven works.

    Here’s what Christa Kendall from Utah has to say about the Sport Solar Oven that she got at Emergency Essentials:

    "I bake my bread in the solar oven. It comes out fabulous, so moist and fluffy. I let them rise in the house, then throw them in.  They brown up perfectly! I highly recommend a solar oven.”

    What do you think about the Sport Solar Oven? Tell us below!

     

    *Food Storage Items Used in the Solar Oven Cook-off

    Solar Oven Pork Chops: Freeze dried (FD) Pork Chops, FD Green Beans, Chicken Broth, Spaghetti Seasoning, and minced garlic.

    Apple Crisp: Apple Slices (rehydrated), quick oats, cinnamon sugars, butter powder

    Au Gratin Potatoes: Dehydrated potato slices, sour cream powder, cheese blend, and a few other spices.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, freeze dried, Sport Solar Oven, Emergency Essentials retail stores

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Emergency Essentials is rolling out another great sale starting today, March 15th, and ending March 21st. All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off. If you buy six or more cans, of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    As long as it comes in a #10 can, you can pick from any Mountain House product. You can mix-and-match your favorites, or try out a few new entrees. If you’re totally new to freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, read about them here, and check out our best-sellers:

     Beef Stew

    Beef Stroganoff

    Turkey Tetrazzini

    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Chicken a la King with Noodles

    Mountain House entrees could be a pillar in your food storage supply. They have a 25-year shelf life and provide life-sustaining nutritional value for even longer.  Here are some ways to use the Mountain House entrées even when it’s not an emergency:

    -          Put individual portions in zip-top bags (or other compact containers) and take them with you on your next backpacking trip.

    -          Make a quick meal at home when you’re busy or have surprise visitors.

    -          Consider stocking up if you’re taking a family vacation and want to save money and time on meals.

    We’ll be highlighting a different Mountain House #10 canned item every day until the sale ends. You’ll get more information on popular entrees and on some surprising additions to the freeze-dried food line up. I can’t let the cat out of the bag but you’re not gonna believe what they’re freeze-drying at Mountain House…

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, dehydrated, freeze dried, lasagna with meat sauce, turkey tetrazzini, chicken a la king with noodles, beef stew, beef stroganoff, #10 cans, mix-and-match

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