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RevJ&J

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Posted: 06/26/12 09:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi

I am looking for a good quality Freeze Dried Food, to put in my "Its raining cats and dogs and the fire is out"

Any suggestions or even reviews of Mountain House?

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carried it in my Search and Rescue pack for 22+ years. I really liked the "Chicken Polynesian" and the "blueberry granola" cereal.

I'd suggest buying and trying a few before you stock up. Like any other food, some people like certain things that others don't.


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The sweet and pour pork rivals some resturants.


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The beef stroganoff is my favorite. Also, they make two style packs now. The new style is shallower. You can eat right out of either pack, but with the new pack you don't get your hands messed up reaching deep into the pack.

Backpackers Pantry still has the best blueberry cobbler!


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RevJ&J,

When the fire is out, it's hard to make any dried food (unless you use a stove). If this is the case, you might want to consider something in a can (or heck, just plan old granola) that doesn’t require heating and/or re-hydrating.
For freeze dried foods, yes, Mt. House is fairly good.
Another option might be to dehydrate your own food. We have been dying food with readily available food driers with great success for some time now. Re-hydration time is a bit longer than with freeze dried foods but if you plan ahead and soak the food for about 8 hours, it really only takes heating and, IMO, better tasting too. To increase shelf life, just store in the freezer until your ready to take a trip. Just finished drying about 20 lbs of strawberries for later use.

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Great tasting foods.


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christopherglenn wrote:

The sweet and pour pork rivals some resturants.


I've used this on the rivers for years and I agree. I've never found a Mtn Hse meal that was bad, but some are better than others of course. I would caution about the servings, I'm not a big eater, and they are very close to inadequate even for me. If you plan on something to go with them they would be fine, but for the average person who isn't hiking and eating light, I would say their 1 serving is more like a 3/4.


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SWMO wrote:

christopherglenn wrote:

The sweet and pour pork rivals some resturants.


I've used this on the rivers for years and I agree. I've never found a Mtn Hse meal that was bad, but some are better than others of course. I would caution about the servings, I'm not a big eater, and they are very close to inadequate even for me. If you plan on something to go with them they would be fine, but for the average person who isn't hiking and eating light, I would say their 1 serving is more like a 3/4.

We were backpacking in the high sierras, so eating light was the norm.. Fresh fish cooked in foil on the fire were good as well. I prefer to fish at Safeway myself...

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I prefer to fish at Safeway myself...


Same here, well we no longer have Safeway, but any US farm raised or fresh caught saltwater fish beats cleaning. I'm an avid fishermen and releaser.

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I've tried some but most have too much sodium for my diet anymore.
Anyone tried Heater Meals?
These self heat so you don't need a fire to boil water. Have a small stash of these in our earthquake bug out supplies.

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