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Mountain House Just In Case 4-Day Emergency Food Supply
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- 28 total servings with approximately 1,650 calories per day
- 30 Year Taste Guarantee
- Allergens: Soy, Milk, Wheat, Egg, Coconut
- Lightweight and compact, Dimensions: 12” (L) x 8” (W) x 12” (H)
- Great for emergency preparedness, camping trips, and RV expeditions
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Mountain House Just In Case - 4-Day Emergency Food Supply
Now you can easily customize an emergency food supply with Mountain House Just in Case - emergency food supply multi-day kits.
Are you looking for a 7-Day supply? Consider combining the 2-Day with the 5-Day kits. Or select the variety of meals that are included with the 3-Day and 4-Day kits instead. Customize your emergency food supply foundation to fit your taste preferences and budget.
This stackable 4-day boxed kit contains a variety of popular breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees for one person.
Who is Mountain House?
For nearly 50 years, Mountain House adventure meals have consistently been the premier choice of campers, backpackers, and survival experts. Born out of freeze dried meals we make for the United States Special Forces, Mountain House food has proven history of reliability and most importantly, delicious flavor.
With just-add-water preparation and no-mess cleanup, Mountain House is not only the perfect camping or backpacking food, but also for keeping on hand just in case of an emergency. Additionally Mountain House meals have incredible shelf life. With the longest proven shelf life in the industry and a guarantee to taste good for 30 years, Mountain House is the perfect emergency preparedness or survival food to keep on hand.
From the bottom of the deepest ocean, to the tops of the tallest mountains, to the battlefield and back, Mountain House is the food people trust when failure is not an option. Consistently chosen as the best tasting food among outdoor and survival brands, Mountain House is the best camping, hunting, backpacking and survival food money can buy.
Mountain House Meals Are Perfect For:
- Emergency Preparedness
- Food Storage
- Occassional Everyday Use
Mountain House Just In Case - 4-Day Emergency Food Supply Contains:
Mountain House Breakfast Skillet (x2)
Hash browns and scrambled eggs mixed with pork sausage crumbles, peppers and onions.
Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries (x2)
Packed with energizing dried fruit, fiber, and unsaturated fats.
Mountain House Noodles and Chicken (x2)
Pasta with chicken, and red peppers in a rich creamy sauce.
Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce (x2)
Pasta with cheese in a rich tomato meat sauce makes this a favorite Italian entrée.
Mountain House Beef Stew (x2)
Made with tender dices of all natural beef, potatoes, peas, and carrots.
Mountain House Italian Style Pepper Steak (x2)
Tender cuts of steak with red, green and yellow bell peppers, onions and tomatoes with long grain rice.
|No. of Meals||6||9||12||15||42|
|Avg. Calories per day||2,150||1,650||1,700||1,850||1,800|
|Dimensions (H x L x W)||6" x 12" x 8"||8" x 12" x 8"||11.625" x 12" x 8"||13.625" x 12" x 8"||19" x 12" x 16"|
|Weight||31.3 oz / 2.0 LB||46.4 oz / 2.9 LB||54.2 oz / 3.4 LB||73.4 oz / 4.6 LB||205.3 oz / 12.9 LB|
|Total Cups of Water||11||15.75||19.5||26||72.25|
You don't need an emergency to enjoy delicious Mountain House meals. This kit includes 12 total just-add-water meals that can be eaten directly out of the pouch! Enjoy comforting meals like Beef Stew, Noodles and Chicken, Breakfast Skillet and more. This kit is lightweight and compact, making it easy to store. Take Mountain House with you on your camping trips, hunting excursions, or tuck it away Just In Case... you find yourself in an emergency situation. With a 30 Year Taste Guarantee, have peace of mind knowing Mountain House has you covered.
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So, although the purpose of this product, the Mountain House Just-In Case 4 Day Emergency Food Supply and MREs are not very similar, I thought it would make for an interesting review to compare one type with the other. Note, that for the purposes of this review, I’m talking about standard issue MREs, not one of the many official variants for special forces, aircrew, religious people with dietary restrictions, and so on. While many people buy MREs from on-line auction sites, I’m retired military and buy mine from my local military commissary, which sells them as single MRE’s or in a 12-pack case. So sit down, and get comfortable, because I have a feeling this is going to be a long review, even for me. :-)
What’s included: With the Mountain House (MH) product, you get a 12 entrées (well, “2 each” of 6 different entrées), each contained in a pouch. Each pouch contains 2 to 2 ½ servings. With MRE’s, you get a main course (entrée), a side dish, bread or cracker, a dessert, condiments (seasonings, a moist towelette, toilet paper, a long spoon, powdered beverage, a matchbook, and so on) and a flameless ration heater for one person. If you buy a case, you get 12 meals, which also consist of “2 each” of 6 different meals.
Cost: Based on the current suggested retail price on Amazon for the MH and the sale price in the Commissary for MREs, they are with 50 cents per meal of each other. And I suspect you can find both a little cheaper, if you look around, than full price.
Convenience: You tear open the MH, add 1 to 1 ½ cups of boiling water, stir, close the pouch for 4 minutes, stir again, wait another 9 minutes, and then eat. It’s very easy, except in a true survival situation, where you might not be able to come up with hot water (I’ll assume you can get clean water, or meals wouldn’t be your highest priority). I’ve eaten 5 of the entrée types, but I didn’t try any of them with cold water. I suspect that this might be a problem for some of the entrees, such as the Lasagna which has cheese that should ideally melt a little. With the MRE, most of the items can be torn open from their pouch and eaten immediately. For those entrées that need to be heated you have the flameless ration heater, which is a plastic bag that has a chemical heating element. Add the entrée and a little water into the bag, and in 8 minutes or so, you have a very hot entrée.
Weight: The MH, by virtue of being both freeze dried and only providing an entrée (vice all the other stuff in the MRE) weighs about 4 ½ ounces per meal. Note that this is perhaps understated if you also need to carry the water you need to reconstitute the meal. The MRE, by contrast, weighs between 18 to 26 ounces, depending on the meal, and can be quite heavy if you pack enough of them. Until the advent of specialized MRE packs, a lot of troops would go into their MRE pouches and discard what they didn’t want in order to cut back on their weight if they had to travel any distance by foot.
Caloric values: The 12 included MH entrées total 6400 calories. If you take MH’s servings claim of having 28 servings at face value, each serving would only give you 228 calories. So if you had a single serving at breakfast, lunch, and supper, you’d only be getting 685 calories per day. However, MH correctly shows this as a 4 day supply for one person, so you’re eating the whole entrée, not just a portion of it. That averages out to 533 calories per meal, or a more reasonable 1600 calories per day. Each MRE, though, is supposed to give you around 1200 calories, as the intent is to keep a very active soldier fed. The MRE’s are also better balanced with regards to overall nutrition, as that is their mission.
Product Life expectancy: The MH pouches are good for 15 years which is stamped right on the pouch, another testament to a benefit of freeze dried food versus wet rations. MRE’s are initially good for 3 years, are tested at that point, and are *supposed* to be gotten rid of after 5 years, regardless of testing. But a lot of their shelf life is dependent on the conditions they’ve been stored under. Hot weather will make them go bad faster, while cool weather can prolong their life span. I’ve personally eaten MREs that were 7 or 8 years old that I kept in my basement, and they were fine. But that points out another reason why I buy my MREs from the commissary even though they may be more expensive … that way I can look at the packed date and inspected date myself. I’ve heard stories on how some of the MREs sold from the on-line sites are either time expired or sellers mislead you about actual packed date. Caveat emperor.
And finally, what you’re really been waiting for, Taste: Maybe I’m just jaded, but the MH was much tastier than the MRE’s. (I had to add a bit of salt to one of the MH meals, but it’s better that they are under-salted to my taste rather than over-salted.) You get more of a selection with the MREs. If you include the companion MH 3 day supply, you have 12 different food varieties to eat from MH, but with MRE’s you get 24 choices. However, while very filling, MRE’s taste like something somebody concocted first to give you enough calories, second a balanced nutrition, and with taste coming in around 9th or 10th. I've eaten five of the six different types of MH entrées so far. All reconstituted very well. The meat even tasted like real meat, not like some of the meats in the early versions of MREs that I mentioned above. And they tasted a lot better than the stuff we used to take camping years ago.
One TMI side note: While on active duty, whenever I ate MREs for more than a day or two, I’d get constipated. A lot of my buddies said the same. I don’t know if we weren’t hydrating enough, not getting enough fiber, or what, but what was going in wasn’t coming out. :-)
Anyway, I felt that this product, the Mountain House Just-In Case 4 Day Emergency Food Supply is an excellent choice for a back-up food supply should the need arise, or for camping and other outdoor activities. It’s very tasty, packs well, is lightweight, and is easy to reconstitute. My only potential nit is that they seem a little pricey for what you get, but I have no real way to tell what they should cost. But color me a happy camper, so to speak. Four stars.
There are some things, however, that you need to be aware of if you are thinking of buying this as part of disaster stores, especially long-term disaster stores.
Emergency food supplies are generally not calculated to maintain long-term a healthy adult and even in the short term may not do a lot for a person with a higher than average level of activity. This box set is no different. The entire calorie content of this box is 6,750 - around 1,690 a day if consumed by one person. The average adult male needs 2,500 per day, the average adult woman 2,000. This is emergency rationing, and you may find it difficult to limit yourself to this (especially at first). If you're stockpiling for the long-term, you will almost certainly need more than this in a four-day period day to maintain a healthy weight.
Related but worthy a separate call-out, you should also be aware that the serving sizes on these packages are not particularly useful. I really appreciate Mountain House's candor here. While the box says "28 servings," the product description makes clear that this is four days for ONE person, and the packets themselves note that "Serving sizes are based on USDA/FDA 'Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed' and are for comparison purposes. Your mileage will vary based on your metabolism and activity level. We recommend determining your caloric needs and basing your purchasing decisions on calories rather than 'servings'." The breakfast entrees here each hold 2 servings per pouch; the other entrees hold 2.5. If these serving sizes were accurate, you'd be faced in an emergency setting with the challenge of proper food storage for safety. As it is, unless you have supplemental food, you may find it necessary to consume one pouch per meal. Mountain House knows this - hence 28 servings = 4 days for one.
Finally, like most emergency food, this is packing the sodium. If you consume one pouch of the worst offender, the beef stew, you're getting 2,150 mg of sodium - 90% of the daily allowance of your average adult. Couple it with a pouch of lasagna for dinner and granola for breakfast, and you're coming in at almost 140% (3,255 mg. sodium)
For long-term use, this emergency food supply would be best used as four days for two adults, supplemented by whatever fresh foods or other emergency fruits, vegetables and grains you can muster - to help offset that sodium overload and reach a sustainable level of calorie intake. But if you are looking for a couple of days of survival rations and are sure of access to clean, heatable water, this is a pretty good choice. Mountain House remains the best producer of this I've ever tried. Just know that number of servings notwithstanding, the calorie content here may not leave you feeling full.