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Mountain House Freeze Dried – Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers

Filed under :Freeze Dried Food

Mountain House Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers Pouch Front

Mountain House Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers Pouch Back

Description

Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red & Green Peppers
Net Wt. 2.54 oz. (72g)

Rating

Stars Rating

Category

Breakfast

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 Package (72g)
Amount per Serving: Calories: 370, Calories from Fat: 180

Ingredients

Freeze Dried Precooked Scrambled Eggs (whole eggs, egg yolks, nonfat dry milk, modified corn starch, corn oil, salt, yeast extract, sunflower oil and smoke flavor, xantham gum), Ham (ham, salt, dextrose, sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium erythorbate, smoke flavor, sodium nitrite), and Red and Green Peppers.

Contents

Egg, Milk

Shelf Life

7 years.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers Dry

Preparation
Makes one 8 oz. serving.

  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 1 cup (8 oz.) boiling water to pouch.
  3. Stir thoroughly and close zipper on top of pouch. Let stand 5-6 minutes.
  4. Carefully drain excess water from pouch. Serve. For your convenience, eat right out of the pouch.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers Prepared

Taste

This dish tastes almost like what you would expect fresh-cooked scrambled eggs, ham, and red and green peppers to taste like. Mountain House did not add any additional spice from what I could tell. Certainly, no black pepper and I could not detect any more salt than normal. Some people complain that Mountain House dishes have more salt than they prefer. However, I have not ever found that to be true, but then I haven’t had every single dish that they make.

This was the first time I had eaten freeze-dried scrambled eggs, and I thought the ham and peppers were perfect. I didn’t think the scrambled eggs were perfect. The freeze drying changes them somewhat, and makes them a little spongy. However, I would still give the eggs 4 out of 5 stars. The other ingredients get 5 stars.

I prepared this breakfast dish according to the instructions, so there was a bit of excess water that had to be drained off after rehydration. I tasted the water, and it tasted like scrambled eggs with ham and peppers. So, if you wanted to leave it in with the dish, it would be fine.

I would say that you would probably get better at preparing this dish if you did it a few times. You could tweak the amount of water, how long you let it rehydrate, and whether or not you drained the water off at the end. That was my perception from eating them for the first time.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers Prepared

Leftovers

This was a one serving pouch, so no leftovers.

Bottom Line

Overall, I would give this dish 4 out of 5 stars. Only because I didn’t think the scrambled eggs were perfect.

However, let me be clear. I would have no trouble eating these on a backpacking trip or in an emergency situation taken right out of food storage. I would always look forward to eating them in whatever situation, because if you can’t have fresh cooked eggs, these are the next best thing.

Click here to read the article, “How Freeze-Dried Food is Made – Mountain House Freeze Dried Food”.

Click here to read the article, “The Shelf Life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Food”.

Click here to go to the Mountain House website and read about the shelf life of Freeze Dried Pouches and #10 Cans.

 

 


Mountain House Freeze Dried – Chili Mac with Beef

Filed under :Freeze Dried Food

Mountain House Freeze Dried Chili Mac with Beef Pouch Front

Mountain House Freeze Dried Chili Mac with Beef Pouch Back

Description

Chili Mac with Beef
Net Wt. 4.06 oz. (115g)

Rating

Stars Rating

Category

Entree

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 Package (115g)
Amount per Serving: Calories: 500, Calories from Fat: 120

Ingredients

Cooked Beef (beef, flavoring, salt), Enriched Macaroni (durum semolina, niacin, iron [ferrous sulfate], thiamine, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Kidney Beans, Tomato Paste, Chili Seasoning (chili pepper and other spices, dehydrated onion and garlic, hydrolized soy protein, potassium chloride, paprika, sugar, maltodextrin, beef extract, disodium inosianate and disodium guanylate, autolyzed yeast extract, caramel color, natural flavors, citric acid), Modified Corn Starch, and Contains 2% or less of Salt and Dehydrated Onion.

Contents

Wheat, Soy

Shelf Life

7 years.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Chili Mac with Beef Dry

Preparation
Makes one 16 oz. serving.

  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 1 3/4 cups (14 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 Chili Mac with Beef Prepared

Taste

This entree has a nice spicy sauce, but it’s not overly-spicy. I really liked the seasoning, because I like spicy food and think they added just the right amount of spice for this one. If you are not fond of spicy dishes, then you might skip this entree. But of course, you’ll be missing out.

The combination of macaroni, beef, kidney beans, and spicy sauce create a winning dish in my opinion. Also, I thought it had just the right proportion of sauce to the other ingredients.

I prepared it according to the directions, and the macaroni turned out to be perfectly-cooked, as did the other ingredients.


Mountain House Freeze Dried Chili Mac with Beef Prepared

Leftovers

Even though there this was a one-serving pouch, I saved some to have leftover the next day. As is typical of Mountain House entrees, it seemed to be even better the second time around. The dish settles into itself when leftover.

Delicious.

Bottom Line

I thought this was a great dish. Perfect for backpacking, as part of a food storage program, or during a disaster. You’ll find that your kids will like this one too.

An all-around winner in my opinion.

Click here to read the article, “How Freeze-Dried Food is Made – Mountain House Freeze Dried Food”.

Click here to read the article, “The Shelf Life of Mountain House Freeze Dried Food”.

Click here to go to the Mountain House website and read about the shelf life of Freeze Dried Pouches and #10 Cans.

 

 


Mountain House Freeze Dried – Strawberries

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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

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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.