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Mountain House Freeze Dried – Strawberries

Filed under :Freeze Dried Food

Mountain House Freeze Dried Strawberries Pouch Front

Mountain House Freeze Dried Strawberries Pouch Back

Description

Strawberries
Net Wt. .5 oz. (14g)

Rating

Stars Rating

Category

Snack

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 Package (14g)
Amount per Serving: Calories: 50, Calories from Fat: 0

Ingredients

Strawberries.

Contents

Not applicable in this case.

Shelf Life

2 years.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Strawberries

Preparation

The package states that there is no preparation. As you eat the fruit, your mouth will rehydrate the strawberries, restoring them to their original state.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Strawberries

Taste

When just placing the freeze dried strawberries in my mouth, and letting my mouth rehydrate them, I was not that entralled with the taste. So, I did some experimentation.

I placed some on ice cream and found that to be a delicious combination. The freeze dried berries complemented the ice cream very nicely. I also took a small amount of cold water and rehydrated some of the berries. Then, I ate the berries and drank the water. The berries tasted like fresh strawberries and I found them to be delicious. So, that was my preferred method of eating them.

If you were in a survival situation, where the strawberries were part of your food storage, you could add a bit of sugar to the berries and make a nice juice for them. You probably wouldn’t have sugar on a backpacking trip, where weight is an issue. Either way, this was just a suggestion, and the strawberries are great on their own.

This is a snack where each person will have their own preference on how they want to eat it. I can see why the astronauts would eat them in the freeze dried state, with water being such a premium in space.

 


Mountain House Freeze Dried Strawberries

Leftovers

Since there was just one serving in the pouch, there were no leftovers.

Bottom Line

I enjoyed the strawberries very much, although not in the manner the package outlined. Each person will eat them in the manner they desire and will find them to be delicious.

To read an article on how Freeze-Dried Food is made, click here.

To read an article on the Shelf Life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Food, click here.

To learn about the Shelf life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Pouches and #10 Cans, click here.

 

 


Mountain House Freeze Dried – Macaroni & Cheese

Filed under :Freeze Dried Food

Mountain House Freeze Dried Macaroni and Cheese Pouch Front

Mountain House Freeze Dried Macaroni and Cheese Pouch Back

Description

Macaroni & Cheese.
Net Wt. 6.81 oz. (193g)

Rating

Stars Rating

Category

Entree

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/2 Package (97g)
Amount per Serving: Calories: 470, Calories from Fat: 200

Ingredients

Enriched Macaroni (durum semolina, niacin, iron (ferrous sulfate), thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid), Dehydrated Cheddar Cheese Blend (cheddar cheese [milk, milk culture, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, annatto], cream, salt, sodium phosphate, lactic acid, yellow no. 5 and yellow no. 6), Nonfat Dry Milk, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Oil, Salt, and Spice.

Contents

Wheat, Milk

Shelf Life

7 years.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Macaroni and Cheese Dry

Preparation

  1. Open package at tear notch. Remove and discard oxygen absorber from pouch (the enclosed oxygen absorber contains powdered iron oxide to ensure product freshness).
  2. Carefully add 2 cups (16 oz.) boiling water to pouch.
  3. Stir thoroughly and close zipper. Let stand 8-9 minutes. Stir and serve. For your convenience, eat right out of the pouch.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Macaroni and Cheese Prepared

Taste

This macaroni and cheese has a rich and creamy flavor. However, I would say that it’s a milder macaroni and cheese than some others. Now, when I say milder, I mean that the cheddar cheese it’s made from is probably a mild cheddar. But make no mistake, this tastes like macaroni and cheese, and it tastes great.

Mountain House is generous with the sauce on this one, which I prefer to being on the dry side. I prepared it according to the instructions, and to me the macaroni tasted like it was perfectly-cooked.

The sauce was very light, creamy, and somewhat fluffy. Overall, it is a lighter dish.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Macaroni and Cheese Prepared

Leftovers

Since there were two servings in the pouch, I had some leftover.

I have to say that this macaroni and cheese tasted even better leftover. I enjoyed it more the second time around. This is good news if you are considering adding Mountain House Freeze Dried Macaroni & Cheese to your food storage.

If you thought this dish had too much sauce when you first prepared it, you’ll find that it was just the right amount when you have some leftover.

Bottom Line

I thought this dish was delicious. I could easily eat this during a backpacking trip, or as part of a food storage program, or even during a disaster. No problem.

To read an article on how Freeze-Dried Food is made, click here.

To read an article on the Shelf Life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Food, click here.

To learn about the Shelf life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Pouches and #10 Cans, click here.

 

 


Mountain House Freeze Dried – Ice Cream Sandwich

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Mountain House Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich Pouch Front

Mountain House Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich Pouch Back

Description

Delicious vanilla ice cream between two chocolate cookie wafers.
Net Wt. 1.13 oz. (32g)

Rating

Stars Rating

Category

Dessert

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 Package (32g)
Amount per Serving: Calories: 150, Calories from Fat: 50

Ingredients

ICE CREAM: Milkfat, Sugar, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Whey, Mono and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Artificial Flavor, and Annatto Color. CHOCOLATE WAFERS: Bleached Wheat Flour, Sugar, Caramel Color, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Corn Flour, and Contains 2% or Less of Cocoa, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Baking Soda, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, and Soy Lecithin.

Contents

Milk, Wheat, Soy

Shelf Life

Mountain House freeze dried ice cream products have a shelf life of 2 years.

Preparation

None


Mountain House Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich

Taste

It tastes great. I was surprised.

The ice cream has a rich taste, just like a regular ice cream sandwich. Of course, since it has been freeze dried, it is crunchy, not creamy.

The closest comparison I can make is this. You remember those malted milk balls with the chocolate covering? Well, the center of the malted milk balls has nearly the same consistency and texture as the freeze dried vanilla ice cream. However, where the malted milk center has larger holes, the freeze dried ice cream has smaller holes, and has a much finer consistency. So overall, I would much rather eat this than eat a malted milk ball. But then, I’m not really a malted milk ball fan.

The chocolate cookie wafers taste just like they do in a regular frozen ice cream sandwich. The freeze drying process just makes them a little crisper. But they have the same familiar chocolate cookie taste.

In the past, I read one review where they said freeze dried ice cream tasted like cotton candy. I disagree. I don’t think it tastes like cotton candy at all.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich

Bottom Line

Is it delicious? Yes. Does it taste like a frozen ice cream sandwich? No. But it doesn’t require refrigeration either, and it lasts for 2 years. I can see how astronauts would enjoy this in Space. It provides a familiar taste, just with a different presentation to your taste buds.

Also, I understand why parents love to buy cases of this stuff for their kid’s birthday parties.

It’s okay to be a Space Cadet when you eat freeze dried ice cream.

To read an article on how Freeze-Dried Food is made, click here.

To read an article on the Shelf Life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Food, click here.

To learn about the Shelf life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Pouches and #10 Cans, click here.