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  • All Mountain House Cans on Sale - 25% off!

    Emergency Essentials Mountain House sale - all #10 cans 25% off!

    It’s time for a Mountain House #10 can sale! Every Mountain House can is 25% off in July. So if you've never tried Mountain House freeze-dried entrees, sides, fruits, or veggies, now is a great time. If you’re already a fan, now is a great time to stock up on your favorites.

    Here are a few varieties I especially recommend:

    Pilot crackers: You might think this is a strange pick, but I love these crackers. They’re similar to Saltines, but they’re not salted, and they’re a little thicker and more substantial. They’re great for anything from making mini pizzas, to bruschetta, to dipping in soup, or making quick home-made “croutons” in a pinch. They’re also divine with cottage cheese and peaches on top (I like a tiny pinch of cayenne, too).

    Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf: all I can say is YUM. This pilaf features mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, sweet red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Tons of flavor, great texture, and pretty, too! That’s what I call a food storage “triple threat.”

    I mentioned cottage cheese above as a topping for my Pilot Crackers. This is one of the best ingredients we carry, as far as I’m concerned. It’s delicious alone, with fruit or herbs (and sometimes both!), and in salads. But it’s also delightful reconstituted, drained, squeezed out and treated as ricotta cheese for recipes like stuffed shells, lasagna, pizza, dips, etc. Try it—you will love it. One of my favorite things about Mountain House Cottage Cheese is the fact that use as much or as little as I want, then seal the rest back up in a bag and stick it back in the can. That way I don’t worry about half the container going bad before I’m ready to use it again. Cottage cheese is also a great source of protein for those who don't eat meat, but still eat dairy.

    Beef Stroganoff: I tend to eat more seafood and chicken than beef, but when I do eat beef, stroganoff is one of my absolute favorites. Mushrooms + pasta + creamy sauce + beef? It simply doesn't get better than that.

     

    25% off all #10 cans of Mountain House at Emergency Essentials - July 2013

     

    Not a fan of my picks? I've listed a few customer favorites below, along with actual reviews submitted to our website.

    Mountain House Beef Stew

    Yummy! (5 Stars)
    My husband and I were surprised at how yummy this is! It tastes just as good as many of the homemade stews I've eaten over the years. Of course, the beef bits are smaller than what you might have in homemade, but the flavor is very good. I would definitely recommend this one be in your pantry.
    Posted on 11/19/10 by Tiffany

    Makes great leftovers (5 Stars)
    This stew makes great leftovers. It tastes homemade. We ladled this over egg noodles and feasted for days.

    Posted on 8/7/08 by Richard

    Mountain House Beef Stew - 25% off at Emergency Essentials July 2013

     

    Granola with Milk and Blueberries

    Healthy and a Treat! (5 stars)
    Not a big cereal or granola fan, but bought the packet first intending to use for camping. It is great and I have moved to the #10 cans. Easy to fix, add water, great flavor and crunch. Highly recommend as you don't even need hot water for this. Have put some in snack bags and leave at work for those hurried mornings when I run out the door without eating.
    Posted on 9/23/11 by Jacqui

    A must if you buy any long term foods (5 Stars)
    MH Granola with Blueberries and Milk is incredibly tasty. It has the perfect amount of "crunch" and flavour. This stuff is also very dense calorie-wise and only requires cold water to eat if you prefer. I highly recommend this as one of the top foods to buy because it is morale-lifting and tasty, easy to prepare and has good nutrient content. The trifecta of emergency foods!
    Posted on 5/9/11 by Mark

    Buy it! Trust me... (5 Stars)
    This isn't just good, it's GREAT. We eat this instead of regular cereal now as a treat. My 2 year old loves it as does my wife. The speed and convenience is awesome, but the best part is the flavor. It is genuinely delicious and it is packed with tons of blueberries. There were so many when I first opened the can that I thought it needed to be mixed, only to find out that it was like that throughout the #10 can. The shelf life is 25 years, so you can keep this in reserve for a LONG time.
    Posted on 4/4/10 by Carlos

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries from Emergency Essentials. 25% off July 2013

     

    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Must buy more! (5 stars)
    I thought this dish was quite good, was definitely surprised at how melty the cheese was! I threw in some of the dehydrated chopped spinach for color. Wasn't too salty and didn't leave that fake, chemically after taste that some of the frozen meals have. I love how quick and easy these meals are. The leftovers stood up well for lunch the next day, an added plus.
    Posted on 7/15/11 by Ashly

    Home Made Taste (5 stars)
    The aroma when opening the pkg 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.
    Posted on 6/3/12 by Dave T

    Mountain House Lasagna 25% off in July 2013 - Emergency Essentials

     

    Have you tried Mountain House foods before? If not, what do you want to try? If so, what are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

     

    --Urban Girl

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  • Dutch Oven Basics Part Four: Sides and Main Dishes

    Au Gratin Potatoes with herbs

     

    Cooking a hot, comforting meal in your Dutch oven will give you and your family a small sense of home during an emergency. You want to make sure that you have the essential ingredients to make foods that your family is familiar with. A meal of Beef Stroganoff with fluffy Dutch oven rolls can go a long way toward keeping your family calm and relaxed during an emergency.

    Check out these recipes for sides and main dishes you can make in your Dutch oven using your food storage.

    SIDES

    Dutch oven Dinner Rolls

    From Don’t be Afraid of Your Food Storage . . . Just Dutch It!

    10” or larger Dutch oven; 4 round or square cake pans; 24 briquettes: 8 bottom, 16 top (more if using a larger oven), Makes 32 rolls.

    Good:

    1 tablespoon SAF Instant Premium yeast

    ¼ C warm water

    ¾ C warm milk (reconstituted Provident Pantry Dry milk)

    ¼ C Provident Pantry sugar

    1 teaspoon Provident Pantry Iodized salt

    ¼ C oil

    1 egg (2 tbsp Provident Pantry whole egg powder+ 2 tbsp water) (optional)

    3 to 4 cups fine Provident Pantry whole wheat or white flour (or a mixture)

    Directions:

    Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, sugar, salt, egg (if using it), oil or shortening and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth, mix in remaining flour. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 5-10 minutes. Grease medium size bowl, place dough in bowl then turn dough over so greased side is up. Cover with towel and let rise in warm (not hot) place until double in size, 1 ½-2 hours. Dough is ready if finger impression remains. Punch down dough and form into your favorite type of rolls. For our example you will make pan rolls.

    Grease pans that will fit into your Dutch oven. If baking directly in your Dutch oven use foil to line it, then grease foil. The only downfall to this method is you can’t pre-heat the oven. I use 9 inch round cake pans or 8 inch square pans. This recipe will make 4 pans of rolls, 8-9 rolls in each pan. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. For round pans, form 8 balls of dough out of each divided part of dough. If using square pans, form 9 balls of dough for each pan. Place balls of dough equal distance apart in greased pans. Cover and rise 20-30 minutes. To pre-heat ovens, place coals on Dutch ovens 10 minutes before baking rolls. Place one pan in each oven, being sure to use foil rings underneath pans. You may have to cook several batches of rolls, or you can stack ovens to conserve charcoal. Bake 15 minutes, then lift lid to check rolls. They should be golden brown when done Bake longer if necessary. If you were cooking in a kitchen oven you would be baking at 400 degrees.

    Better:

    Add 1 reconstituted powdered egg

    Best:

    Replace oil with butter or butter flavored shortening. Replace whole wheat flour with white flour.

     

    Potatoes Au Gratin

    2 C Provident Pantry Instant Non-fat dry milk

    4 C Provident Pantry Potato Slices

    1 tsp Provident Pantry Iodized salt

    1/8 tsp Provident Pantry Black pepper

    2 Tbsp Provident Pantry butter powder

    1 Tbsp Provident Pantry Chopped onions

    1 C Provident Pantry freeze-dried cheddar cheese

    2 Tbsp Provident Pantry white flour

    Reconstitute potato slices according to directions on can; Drain excess water. Measure milk into 2-quart saucepan. Add potatoes, salt, pepper, chopped onions, and butter. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until almost tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir carefully until just melted. Sprinkle flour over surface. Stir gently then pour into greased Dutch oven. Use 19 coals on top and 10 coals on bottom if you are using a 12 inch baking pan (having this many coals on top and bottom will raise the temperature of your oven to 400 degrees). Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes until browned.

     

    MAIN DISHES

    Dutch oven Chicken Noodle Soup

    1 1/2 cups Provident Pantry freeze-dried white chicken, broken into small pieces

    5 cups water

    2 cups Provident Pantry egg noodle Pasta

    ½ tsp MyChoice™Premium garlic powder

    1 Tbsp. Provident Pantry Freeze dried onion

    3 chicken bouillon cubes, or 3 teaspoons bouillon powder.

    1-2 Tbsp. Provident Pantry freeze dried celery, or 1 teaspoon celery powder

    ¼ cup dried Provident Pantry carrot dices or slices

    2 Tbsp. dried parsley

    1 tsp. Provident Pantry Iodized salt

    ¼ tsp. Provident Pantry black pepper

    Bring the 5 cups of water to boil in Dutch oven, using 20-25 briquettes, all on the bottom.  Add all other ingredients. When soup boils again, remove half of the coals and continue to simmer for 12 to 15 minutes until noodles are tender. Makes about 6 servings.

    Note:  For a creamy, thicker broth, remove ½ cup hot broth and whisk in 2 tablespoons flour and 1 tablespoon powdered milk. Return mixture to soup, stir well and allow to simmer until slightly thickened.

     

    Beef Stroganoff 

    1 c Provident Pantry dry milk

    1 Tbsp. Provident Pantry freeze dried onion

    ½ cup Provident Pantry freeze dried mushrooms

    ½ tsp MyChoice™garlic powder

    1 tsp Provident Pantry iodized salt

    2 beef bouillon cubes (or 2 tsps beef bouillon powder)

    2 cups Provident Pantry egg noodle pasta

    2 Tbsp Provident Pantry White flour

    ¼ cup water

    ¼ cup Provident Pantry sour cream powder

    1 ½ cup Provident Pantry freeze-dried roast beef

    Reconstitute 1 cup powdered milk with 4 cups of water (or a combination of half evaporated milk and half water). Place in Dutch oven with dried onion, dried mushrooms, garlic powder, salt, and beef bouillon cubes or powder. Mix well and bring to a boil over hot coals. Add 2 cups egg noodles and 1 ½ cups freeze-dried roast beef broken into bite-sized pieces. When noodles are nearly done, whisk in 2 tablespoons* flour mixed with ¼ cup water. When they are done, stir in sour cream powder. (If you happen to have it, add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.) Cook for 3 hours (or until noodles and beef are done). Use 4 briquettes on bottom and 12 on top if using a 12 inch oven (replenish briquettes every half hour).

     

    Now that these recipes have made you good and hungry for dinner, we’ve saved some room in our Dutch oven series for dessert! Check out our final installment of our Dutch oven series, “Dutch oven Recipes—Desserts  ”

     

    Want to read the rest of our Dutch oven series? Click the links below!

    Dutch Oven Basics Part One: Picking Your Oven

    Dutch Oven Basics Part Two: Prepping and Cooking with Your Oven

    Dutch Oven Basics Part Three: Breakfast Recipes

    Dutch Oven Basics Part Five: Desserts

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