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  • 2 pouches Beef Stroganoff with Noodles
  • 2 pouches Chicken Teriyaki with Rice
  • 2 pouches Beef Stew
  • 2 pouches Lasagna with Meat Sauce
  • 2 pouches Noodles & Chicken
  • 2 Pouches Granola with Milk & Blueberries

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4 5

Expedition planning

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchase the Just in Case Bucket this past fall before a multi day hike in Roosevelt National Forest. Overall youre saving anywhere from 6-12 dollars over buying these piece meal. So if the menu options appeal to you it's a good option. I have a little pantry in our basement that serves dual purposes as a backpacking supply depot and natural disaster rations. For purposes of the trip I subsidized our menus with a package of whole wheat tortillas, a couple pouches of Mountain House Wraps, a few more breakfast options (Biscuits and Gravy and the Breakfast Skillet from Mountain house are terrific) and we were ready for a week in the woods! Know your tolerances, my wife got tired of reconstituted meals rather quickly. As for me.. they sure beat MREs, it's my opinion that Mountain House is really the industry leader here, I feel they're far and away better than Backpacker's Pantry or Wise Foods.

5 5

Great deal, good food

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking at this, you have had mountain house before. You know what you are getting. Great, freeze dried food that is a tasty change of pace on the trail or on the weekend campout with pals. Buy it, keep it around and use as needed, its not going bad. They claim 12+ years, but I see that as a lowball, and they will last a whole lot longer. I have one in the back of my car in case the grim reaper tries to get sneaky and break my car down in the middle of nowhere, as well as another I piece out one by one for camping.

One thing that I have heard complaints on for these types of items (deep bag freeze dried food) as well as hate myself, is how deep the bags are. You burn your hands on either the bag or the steam half the time. However, I found a PERFECT item to remedy that and it has become part of my backcountry eating repertoire, the Kung Foon (honestly I half bought it for the name). If you type GSI2260 into the search bar, you can check it out and take a look at my review. Get your speedy tasty food on!

5 5

Makes long trips way easier

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always carefully planned a menus for a yearly 2-week canoe trip and never used dehydrated / instant stuff like this thinking it was too expensive and not tasty. I was wrong!

The time I saved shopping for all kinds of stuff (still had extra snacks) was beyond worth it, and the quality is very good - my kid even loved them. Using this bin of 12 (14?) dehydrated packages entirely spared me from menu hell...boom, it was mostly done but for some fresh stuff like carrots, apples, and light snacks. We buy 2 of these and then snacks, booze, etc around the edges.

This is now our go-to for 2 adults 7 nites canoe trip and it has taken all the misery (my own creation) and relative previous boredom in camp meal. Highly recommended. !

5 5

Delicious and filling

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this for dinners between two people on a five day trip. They all tasted generally good and filled us way up. Lots of calories and protein with 2.5 servings per container.

Unanswered Question

I'm vegetarian, how about a deal like this suited to veggies?!

4 5

Nice variety for long trip

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this dehydrated food set to supplement my other meals while backpacking the JMT. It worked well using these to add more variety to the ramen, pasta, oatmeal meals I also brought. The granola was so-so -- I recommend just making your own with bulk granola and powdered milk in a Ziplock. Adding some Ritz crackers to the beef stew and noodles & chicken meals made them a lot more filling. Chicken teriyaki and lasagna were both ok as-is. I usually split one pouch with my hiking partner, then added crackers or olive oil and nibbled on jerky or chocolate to get enough calories. They're best when hot and fully rehydrated (which takes a while if you're over 10,000'), so invest a couple bucks in a plastic bubble mailer envelope to use as a lightweight insulating bag when preparing the meals.

Nice variety for long trip
5 5

Backpacking/Food Storage Heaven

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am kind of a food storage/emergency prep nut. These are excellent because they are light, quick, and taste pretty good. I took these on a 4 day backpacking trip. Despite ascending 3000 feet that weekend, these filled me up everyday. Lots of protein and calories for these kinds of situations.

On a personal note, I recommend using the optimus crux to boil the water. 2 cups of water boil in about 45 seconds. Hard to beat.

5 5

What a deal!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looking for the cheapest price around buying each one of these individually is 90 bucks?this is a 27 dollar value!

Once opened can the just in case bucket...

Once opened can the just in case bucket be resealed? If so will this diminish the shelf life?

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As long as you don't open the individual food packets, the shelf life will remain the same.

5 5

Emergency Prep

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We are using this for emergency food storage so I can't really review how the taste is. But I can say that it packs away easily and doesn't take up much space and isn't heavy at all.

5 5

Good variety!

these are all of the best kinds of MH meals, and by buying a big pack like this you save over a dollar on each meal.