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While the box is marketed for emergency food situations, Mountain House is also a popular brand amongst backpackers. They are perfect for backpacking and camping trips. Here’s what I thought.
Review of the Mountain House 2-Day Food Supply Box
First of all, my favorite thing about these meals is that they are quick and easy. Literally all you do is boil water, stir it in the package, and wait eight minutes. If you’re not much of a cook or you like to keep camp chores at a minimum, this would be a good option for you.
Additionally, each meal will feed two people with normal appetites. A ridiculously hungry thru-hiker could probably devour a package on their own, but most people wouldn’t be able to.
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce: My first thought was that this package is loaded with beef. It’s definitely not lacking in that department. The flavor was fantastic too.
Breakfast Skillet: The breakfast skillet is my favorite out of all the Mountain House products. I’ll eat breakfast any time of day. I loved the ratios in this. It was a solid mix of eggs, sausage, hash browns, and veggies. Once again, it gets points for great flavor.
Chicken and Rice: I wasn’t so enthusiastic about this one. It was a little more bland than I would have liked. However, it is a well balanced meal.
The meals run from $8-12. If two people are eating it, that’s a good value. However, if you’re all on your own then it would be pricey for one meal.
Mountain House Freeze-Dried Meats
I love to cook, and getting creative with backcountry meals is fun for me. During my thru-hike in Nepal, I brought Mountain House’s freeze dried chicken and beef. Usually I would cook a meal of dehydrated veggies, a Pasta Side, and a handful of Mountain House beef or chicken. They ended up being such nourishing, well rounded, and delicious meals.
There was quite a combination of veggie, meat, and Pasta Side flavors I could do. It didn’t get boring, and we didn’t have to eat the same meal continually. Additionally, having meat in our meals at night was a huge game changer for us during our thru-hike.
If you’re looking for an easy and quick meal, the Mountain House entrees and breakfasts are the way to go. For all of you backcountry cooks out there, the freeze dried meats will add substance to your meals and are a good price value.
*All opinions are my own.