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261 of 268 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2008
Ok, the product is fine as advertised. It's an emergency supply of food for 1 adult for 3 days (remember to have enough water). I like to bring Mountain House packs with me when I go motorcycle camping or backpacking. They're light, easy to pack, and I enjoy them. Sometimes they take the role of "just in case" food, and sometimes they serve as a planned meal. The chili mac with beef is a personal favorite, as is the beef stroganoff. I'm not particularly fond of beef stroganoff usually, but there's something about a savory meal when camping. Mountain House meals typically taste better than many of the freeze-dried alternatives.
So why did I say "almost perfect?" Well, I'd prefer it if they sold this kit with the 2-serving packets. I'm usually moto-camping or backpacking with someone. It's super-convenient to have one package for two people. Less waste. On the plus side, it's not 5-serving packages like some other emergency kits. Since it's advertised for one person, this is expected.
Second, the vegetable packs (which are 2-serving packs, though I'm guessing are intended for a single person) are a waste for a home emergency kit. Get canned vegetables instead. The vegetable packs are great for backpacking, as they will help keep your digestive system happy. They don't come out quite as good as canned vegetables, but they're much lighter.
If you are debating between this and MREs, there's a few things to consider:
1) Personally, I think MREs don't taste as good as Mountain House meals
2) MREs don't require a stove and fuel (MRE heating packs)
3) MREs don't require additional water (true of canned foods, too)
I do have MREs occasionally for moto-camping, but not for backpacking, as I prefer the Mountain House meals.