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Mountain House Just In Case...Essential Bucket
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- Quick prep! Just add water to the pouch and you're good to go in less than 10 minutes, with no cleanup!.
- 32 Servings.
- Allergens: Soy, Milk, Wheat.
- 30 Year Taste Guarantee. Packaging May Vary.
- Great for emergency food storage, camping trips, and RV expeditions.
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Mountain House 'Just in Case' Essential Assortment
With 12 total meals, this bucket has enough food to feed a person for 3.5 days.* Every pouch in every stack-able and portable Mountain House 'Just In Case' bucket assortments has a proven 30 year shelf life, so it is good to have on hand just in case of an emergency or for when you may need to feed a large audience. We stand behind our shelf life promise and back it with our 30 year Taste Guarantee. You can rest easy knowing you have your family covered in times of emergencies whether it be one year from now or a thirty.
Make food planning for your next outdoor adventure a breeze. With Mountain House, no refrigeration is required. With ease of prep and just-add-water convenience, Mountain House freeze-dried food makes a great companion while hiking that epic trail, camping with friends and family, or simply refueling you so you can get back out there for your afternoon hunt. Plus, why weigh yourself down with dishes? With Mountain House you can eat directly out of pouch! With no more dishes to clean, now you can have extra time to Savor the Adventure.
*Based on USDA recommended diet of 2,000 calories/day.
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.
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 one of the best tasting food among outdoor and survival brands, Mountain House is the best camping, backpacking and survival food money can buy.
Mountain House Meals Are Perfect for:
- Emergency Preparedness
- Occasional Every Day Use
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef (x4)
Spicy chili sauce with beef, macaroni noodles, onion, and beans.
Mountain house Rice and Chicken (x4)
Perfectly seasoned rice and chicken in a savory sauce accented with pimentos.
Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (x4)
Tender Spaghetti pasta with chunks of beef in a rich marinara sauce.
Convenient and easy-to-prepare, The Mountain House Essential assortment offers four pouches each of 3 entrees for backpacking, camping, emergency kits, and your long-term food storage. The clear, reusable bucket is an incredible solution to allowing these meals to be efficiently stored and organized for future times of need.
Size: One Size
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The Spaghetti and Meat Sauce was well liked. There were some comments on the level of salt and lack of large meatballs, but nothing too much. Surprisingly, without any large chunks of meat in the Spaghetti, it still packs a whopping 12 grams of protein per serving. The biggest complaint about the spaghetti is that one packet was hard to split. We has some boys easily down the entire packet by themselves.
The Chili Mac was the most controversial meal included in here. About half of the boys really liked it and half didn't while none of the adults were big fans of it. You need to be really careful with the amount of water that you include in here. If you put too much, you end up with a nasty chili soup. If I was Mountain House, I would have included the Beef Stroganoff instead. That one is ALWAYS a hit with everyone. Including the Chili Mac in the "Essentials" bucket was a mistake in my opinion.
Overall, its a great value compared to buying them individually. The buckets that they come in are nice sturdy buckets that stack well and can be re-used to store other gear when you are finished with the included meals.
But my, this is rather expensive. Don't be tempted Best save it for rare trips.
Tip: I added 2 tablespoons of full fat butter to a pack of Moutain House, just to squeeze in more calories when I am on the trail. The extra fatty butter actually made the meals much better than it already is.
Tip: Get the Classic Bucket to add more variety to the Essential Bucket.
As a survival food as a supplement food these are a good choice. Latest version have 14g of protein and are not all carbs (pasta, rice, sugar). My experience, with plenty of water you could easily prosper on 2 packets/day doing 10+12 miles per day in hilly country 5 day. Not club med but you would be doing okay.
Packets are convenient, my opinion single serving pouch ( maybe 2 serving), hydrate with hot water in pouch and reseal; even if you can't add HOT water they will hydrate and taste fine.
Other products I have used come with 5 to 6 serving/pouch which requires the user to use a cooking pot and measure. That is okay, just not as convenient because you often have to approximate a serving, and also COOK it.
Everyone should have a 3-5 day emergency food and water kit and Mountain house makes a good product.
but given the fact that properly stored these are good for 10+ years it is an easy alternative for short term emergencies. The Mountain House website claims from 15~25 depending upon which items you order. #10 cans v/s pails v/s individual packs. individual packs say 7 and the pails say 10, so I am assumeing this is due to the extra protection afforded the items in the pails from insect, varmints etc. Also the pail system stacks nicely and sits within the bed of a truck easy.
Most recent customer reviews
Every bag I’ve opened has been fine
Cheating on groceries
preparing for camping
I will at 2 more stars if this still tastes good in 20 years