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  • In light of the jaw-dropping sale all this month on all Mountain House number 10 cans (you have seen that, right?), I’ve been asked to taste test and review a number of the entrees. It’s a rough job, but…

    Actually, to be completely forthright, my expectations were not high. I spent enough years as a single college student to develop a serious aversion to pre-prepared, pre-packaged, conveniently shelf-stable, preservative-laden meals. And when I was tipped off that Mountain House brand had been tested as edible after 20+ years, I was convinced something must be wrong.

    So imagine my delight when my week of experimental, freeze-dried lunches turned out to be some of the most enjoyable and satisfying meals I’d had all month (note: this is in no way an aspersion on my admittedly dismal culinary skills).

    What was so great about the Mountain House entrees I tried? Let me break it down for you.

    Taste – Bland? Salty? Chemical-y? None of the above. The first shock was how real it all tasted. The Mexican Style Rice and Chicken had a spicy little kick. The Beef Stroganoff with Noodles had the unmistakable tang of sour cream. And there’s an easy explanation: the ingredient list is full of real ingredients. Cream, spices, beef, vegetables, rice, pasta—all the stuff you’d use if you were actually making this stuff in your own kitchen. In fact, the first step in the production process of Mountain House’s freeze dried entrees looks a lot like what goes on in your kitchen. According to Outside Magazine’s Steven Rinella, “The company prides itself on the fact that its food is first prepared as a ready-to-eat dish before it is freeze-dried, which leads to what it calls the ‘homemade taste’ of its offerings.”

    Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Texture – For my money, there’s nothing worse than the rubbery meat of a ready-made meal. So it was with some hesitation that I dug into the Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce. But whether it was ground beef in the lasagna, shredded chicken in the Mexican rice, or Sweet and Sour Pork, it all felt like meat. And no mushy pasta or cardboard veggies, either. Something about the magical process of freeze-drying, which Mountain House (part of Oregon Freeze Dry) has been perfecting since the 1960s, preserves food at the moment it’s frozen. That means, when reconstituted, your meal looks, tastes, and feels almost identical to how it did when it was first prepared. (Want your mind blown? Read about the freeze drying process.)

    Variety – Here’s some fun history: during the Vietnam War, Oregon Freeze Dry was approached by the Department of Defense to develop portable meals that “tasted better, weighed less, and were easier to prepare” than the bulky canned rations servicemen had been toting around since WWI. The Mountain House line was the result, which means that the company has been experimenting, refining, and expanding their repertoire for more than four decades.

    Mountain House Pasta Primavera

    At any given time, Mountain House offers 20-25 different entrees, ranging from pasta dishes like Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Turkey Tetrazzini, and Pasta Primavera to down-home favorites like Chili Mac with Beef and Chicken Stew. The four I tried were all winners, which makes me think I could really brighten up a protracted emergency situation if I were to fill my shelves with all 20.

    And, of course, as icing on an already super palatable cake, the Mountain House meals are extremely light, store easily, require only boiling water, and (did I mention?) last for 30 years! This is one reformed skeptic who will be stocking up.

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  • This September, we are having a Mountain House sale that will knock your socks off. For the whole month, ALL Mountain House #10 cans are 40-50% off! If you love Mountain House products, now is the time to stock up and get incredible savings on your favorite items.

    If you’ve never tried any Mountain House products, there’s no time like the present to try some and stock up on the items you like. Mountain House #10 cans are ideal for long-term food storage. It’s been scientifically proven that Mountain House #10 cans have a shelf life of 25+ years, getting you the best value for your buck.

    Here’s a preview of some of the great Mountain House products you can get during this awesome sale:

    Entrees

    Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef- 40% off! On sale for $15.89 (originally $26.49) A savory combination of macaroni, beans, and ground beef mixed in a delicious tomato based chili sauce. A personal favorite (it’s SO good).

    Mountain House Chili Macaroni at the dinner table

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries40% off! On sale for $23.99 (originally $39.99). This great breakfast item is easy to prepare and delicious. Just add water to a bowl of granola, and enjoy the familiar taste of granola, blueberries, and milk.

    Check out more Mountain House Entrees on sale this month

     

     

    Combos

    Since Mountain House Combos include Provident Pantry items, you’ll receive 30% savings on all Mountain House Combos. The Mountain House items within the combos are discounted to go along with our September sale and bring the combo price down by 30% overall.

    Breakfast Combo- 37.3% off!  On sale for $99.99 (originally $159.48). This combo includes granola, scrambled eggs with bacon, scrambled eggs with ham, sliced strawberries, milk, and orange drink mix. A hearty and simple breakfast that is ready in minutes.

    Beef Entrée with Vegetable Side Combo- 31.4% off! On sale for $104.99 (originally $153.06). This combo contains four of our most popular beef entrees (Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stew, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, and Chili Mac with Beef). Includes freeze dried broccoli and super sweet corn. All of the meals in this combo are fast and easy to make. Just add water and wait 10 minutes.

    Check out more Mountain House Combos on sale this month.

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    Other Favorites

    Mountain House Strawberries- 50% off! On sale for $15.24 (originally $30.49). Add to granola, cereals, or French toast. MH strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C that is a great natural sweetener. Perfect for smoothies and jams. Rehydrates quickly and retains much of its original color, and flavor.

    Mountain House Freeze Dried Chicken Dices- 40% off! On sale for $29.39 (originally $48.99). The perfect addition to stir-fry, pasta, or casseroles, MH Freeze Dried Chicken Dices rehydrate quickly and retain their original shape, color, and flavor. A great gift for someone just starting their food storage.

    Check out all the Mountain House items on sale this month.

    Now that we’ve whet your appetite, it’s time to get shopping! Don’t miss out on these incredible savings. For the whole month of September Mountain House #10 cans are on sale for 40-50% off!

    Limited Time Offer!

    Mountain House has offered us a limited quantity and special buy on cans of a few varieties that were manufactured in 2011 and 2012. These cans are scientifically tested to store for 25+ years, leaving over 22 years remaining, and at a terrific discount – 50% off! No tricks or gimmicks, just a fantastic opportunity we are passing along to you. Mountain House cans of freeze dried foods offer terrific flavor and quality, and now you can enjoy their foods at an unprecedented price.

    Varieties included in this limited-time offer are:

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