Mountain House food... you gotta start somewhere!

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by RevJammer, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. RevJammer

    RevJammer Monkey+++

    Ok... I've been on the Monkey for a very short time, but this "preparedness" thing is starting to sink in. I am a terrible procrastinator and I'm partially lazy (ok.. maybe more than partial if you ask my wife!), but slowly I am getting with the program.

    I know... your asking why I am rambling on in "gear review" like this. Well part of my baby steps was to sample some Mountain House freeze dried food today. I tried the scrambled eggs and bacon, and it was actually pretty good!

    It did have some kind of aftertaste, but it was pretty darn tasty!

    Now I'll start checking in to purchasing a little more in quantity so I'll have a few for my Bug Out/Get Home Bags.

  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Glad to hear it!!

    Hint on any MH scrambled eggs product: Use extra water for the boil, let it sit at least 10 minutes (12 is better) and then strain off any extra water before eating. Extra water in your eggs is a little gross.
  3. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Yep, the bacon and peppers addd in is much better than the plain eggs!
    I like the MH meal packets over all. Their Beef Stroganoff is one of my favorite flavors, but my local Wally's no longer carries it. They only have three flavors. Our Sportsman's Warehouse carried a much larger selection, but they folded last year.
    The "Freeze Dried Icecream" though - that one is WEIRD! Actually tastes okay, but the 'feel' and texture are all off.
  4. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    The Stroganoff is really good! I ordered a case today as part of my prep. I was not a fan of the chili mac.
  5. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I liked the eggs myself, but had problems with their spaghetti!
    Acid city!
  6. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Walmart has some of the MH stuff on clearance, $5 for some of the two serving meals.
  7. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    That "Two servings" is about right for ONE hungry camper! [winkthumb]
    The Teriyaki Chicken is fairly decent, as is the Beef Stew. Chili Mac ain't bad. Have not tried the Spaghetti.
  8. Country_boy

    Country_boy Monkey+

    Some people hate certain flavors. Allways try before you buy. REI has almost all of the MH pouches, Bass pro has most.

    I like:
    Beef Strog
    Oriental Spicy Chicken
    Kids like the Mac and Cheese
    Pasta Primeveria
    Breakfast Scramble
    Anything with chicken is OK to Good

    I dislike:
    Wild rice Pilaf
    Spagetti (but kids love it)
    S&S Pork
  9. Remington

    Remington Monkey+

    What section at Walmart? I'd love to look here.

    What little experience I have the freeze dried (mountain house) is way better than the dehydrated stuff, IMHO.
  10. thePeege

    thePeege Monkey+

    Mine has them in the camping section
  11. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It's in the camping section, probably in the very corner if the layouts are the same. I don't like buying from WM, but when it comes to MH foods, it's often cheaper than buying anywhere else. Plus, WM is almost assured a constant delivery when we can't find these items online. Too bad they don't stock the #10 cans.

    There is another company, comparable in price to MH I have been buying but I haven't had the chance to sample: AlpineAire is the name. I bought a bunch of their freeze dried meals from Amazon. The bonus (supposedly) to these meals is, they are all natural with no GMO foods.
  12. cetane

    cetane Monkey+

    Hi how does the MH compare to the MRE? Ive only ever used MRE's and Im happy with them, just interested to hear the difference.
  13. SpecWar

    SpecWar Monkey+

    MRE’s get old real quick unless you get real constructive with them. That little bottle of Tabasco Sauce comes in real handy sometimes. I have had the old C-rats during the mid-70’s when I was overseas in South East Asia. Some of those canned meats; the dogs would turn up their noses and not eat. Locals would scarf them up and trade you their local dishes for some of them. I never had to worry about my next meal as long as I had several boxes of them.
  14. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Well, the obvious difference is the fact that the MRE's are ready to eat (hence the name), and MH meals are freeze dried. This means they are lighter and more can be carried in a backpack. Freeze dried foods will also keep longer. In my opinion, they taste far better, and they have better ingredients -some, like AlpineAire freeze dired foods, are all natural. You can also get double servings with MH meals, which is a real plus for us hungrier types. :)

    Each has their own advantages.
  15. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Neither is something you want to eat long-term. MRE is too dense, and needs a lot of water to prevent walking like The Duke. MH is full of preservatives, MSG and other chemical goodness. Both will keep you going on your BO or camping trip. I would not put them into Junior's school lunch daily.
  16. cetane

    cetane Monkey+

    Well after this thread I bought and tried the MH bacon and eggs and wow way better than I thought freeze dried could be. Thanks!
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