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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This stackable and easy-to-store kit includes 15 pouches of Mountain House just-add-water favorites:
●Biscuits & Gravy 2x— The breakfast of champions. Each pouch makes two 1-cup servings.
●Breakfast Skillet 1x— A Mountain House classic. Crispy hash browns and scrambled eggs with sausage, peppers and onions. Yields two 1-cup servings.
●Eggs with Ham & Peppers 2x— Scrambled eggs with ham, green and red bell peppers. Each pouch makes two ¾-cup servings
●Chili Mac with Beef 2x— An epic comfort food. Macaroni noodles, beef onions, and beans in a spicy chili sauce. Each pouch yields 2.5 1-cup servings.
●Chicken Fried Rice 2x— Long grain rice, chicken and scrambled eggs mixed with onions, mushrooms, green peas, red peppers and diced carrots. Each pouch yields 2.5 1-cup servings.
●Macaroni & Cheese 2x— A family favorite! Macaroni noodles in a creamy cheese sauce. Each pouch yields three 1 ¼-cup servings.
●Mexican Rice & Chicken 2x—Spicy rice, beans, and chicken blended with tomato, peppers and olives. Each pouch makes three 1-cup servings
●Pasta Primavera 2x— A hearty vegetarian meal. Spiral macaroni, zucchini cauliflower, broccoli, red and yellow peppers, and green beans smothered in a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. Each pouch contains 2.5 1-cup servings.
Kit measurements: 12"(L) x 8"(W) x 14" (H)
Color: MH 2 Pack
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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.
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