For 30 years, Mountain House freeze dried foods has provided campers, hikers, survivalists and those interested in remaining prepared for natural disasters with a variety of easily stored, nutritional freeze dried meals, staples and assorted foodstuffs. Famous for offering some of the best tasting emergency rations with a guaranteed long shelf life when stored properly, Mountain House presents freeze-dried food in convenient single-serving, double-serving, and four-serving packages to accommodate anyone's long-term food needs.
Safer than canning food, freeze drying food removes nearly all moisture from meats, vegetables and fruits by a process involving rapid freezing and then placing the food in a vacuum to tightly seal the product in durable packaging material. This type of preparation makes it impossible for bacteria to proliferate and eventually spoil the food, since microorganisms capable of rotting food and causing food-borne disease require moisture for growth.
Due to “sublimation”, or the process of freeze-drying, all Mountain House freeze dried foods remain porous and are capable of quick rehydration, with boiling, hot or cold water. In addition, sublimation does not affect the texture, taste or nutritional quality of foods that have been freeze dried, unlike food that has been dehydrated. Moreover, freeze dried foods are lightweight, take up less space than canned or dehydrated foods and have a 20-year shelf life when properly stored.
The primary difference between dehydrated and freeze dried foods is that dehydrated foods need to be cooked at low temperatures, left to dry in the sun or dehydrated using a specific cooker. Freeze dried food usually tastes better than dehydrated food because the process of slow roasting or cooking evaporates the food's juices, taking much of the flavor with this moisture. Additionally, dehydrated foods do not last near as long as freeze-dried foods and need to be consumed within a short period.
Just in Case 72 Hour Food Kit—weight about four pounds, the Just in Case package contains a three-day supply of freeze-dried food consisting of three full meals for one individual. Meats, vegetables, fruits, and desserts are included in this convenient food kit.
Other freeze-dried items offered by Mountain House include:
Also available are units containing a one-month supply (one or two people) of freeze-dried foods supplemented with dehydrated edibles as well. This package provides granola, milk, drink mixes, desserts, and dinner entrees that give you the nutrition and variety necessary to make surviving a flood, tornado, or hurricane less stressful on your health.
For people interested in long-term survival in the event of a potential worldwide catastrophe, Mountain House freeze dried foods offers a six-month supply accommodating one person of lunches and dinners consisting of seafood, poultry, pork, poultry and vegetable entrees. This package also includes fruit side dishes made by Provident Pantry as well as a variety of powdered drinks that are placed in 60 #10 cans.
Food that are packaged in pouches are guaranteed a seven-year shelf life when kept in recommended storage environments. Freeze-dried foods sealed in #10 cans are guaranteed a 25-year shelf life. Mountain foods further states that even after 25 years, an unopened package of freeze-dried food is still edible but may exhibit a slight degradation in appearance or taste.
Ordering items from Mountain House freeze dried foods requires customers to access the company's website and use a credit card to purchase items. All items are shipped using FedEx Ground within the U.S. only. If you order something from Mountain House, you can expect to receive the package within five to seven business days following the time it is shipped from the company.