As I mentioned in my Grand Canyon Hike Must-Haves post, we opted to take only Mountain House Freeze Dried food for our dinners for all 5 of us. They’re lightweight, come in multi-serving sizess (the larger are perfect to feed all of us), and take just a few minutes to make.
I hadn’t ever had Mountain House meals before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Mountain House generously sent us 15 assorted meals to try, as well as 2 desserts! We got Chicken a la King, Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, Chili Mac with Beef, Beef Stew, Sweet & Sour Pork with Rice, Beef Teriyaki with Rice, Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat and Mashed Potatoes, Mexican Style with Rice & Chicken, Beef Stroganoff, and Lasagna With Meat sauce, a Neapolitan Ice Cream and a Raspberry Crumble.
First off, I was shocked at how tasty they were!! There wasn’t one that I didn’t like. Not one! It was so nice to just boil the hot water, add it to the package, seal it up and wait a few short minutes for it to cook before I could enjoy a delicious meal.
I think my favorite was either the Sweet & Sour Pork with Rice or the Chili Mac with Beef. I was impressed that all of the meals with meat were actually well balanced with meat and other ingredients; no getting shorted or gypped on the tasty meat!
The Sweet & Sour Pork had a great balance of pork, pineapple, and vegetables. I could have eaten this one every day and been fine.
It was suggested that we try a different brand and compare to see how Mountain House stands up to the competition. We had the Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat and Mashed Potatoes from Mountain House, and it worked out well when my aunt’s family had a mashed potato freeze dried meal from another brand. While they were both good, Mountain House’s was far better, both in flavor and consistency.
Not only did we make Mountain House our brand of choice for dinners while at the Grand Canyon, but most everyone in the group who went with us did the same. At dinner time (and breakfast and lunch) it wasn’t uncommon to see many of the 30+ people in our group eating a Mountain House meal.
Quite a few brought the wraps, and boy were they tasty- and filling!
A friend of ours also had the Chicken Alfredo and raved about it! And of course, ALL of the desserts were delicious. The Raspberry Crumble we had went fast. Between the 5 members of our family who went, plus sharing with everyone so they could taste, it was gone before I could blink! Doesn’t it look amazing?!
One thing we did discover though… The eggs (in any meal) were not very good. The flavor was alright, but the texture was pretty odd and hard to get through. We had one friend who didn’t mind them, and so he ate everyone’s egg meals. It was a win-win. 🙂 Every other meal everyone had, however, was really good, and on future trips I have no doubt we’ll all be going the same route again and taking only Mountain House meals for dinners. It was so nice to be able to take these lightweight, minimal garbage meals and still get a great flavored dinner that filled us up. All that was left after we ate was the package it came in, and those made for the perfect garbage bags to hold the rest of the trash we had to pack out!
We have quite a few Mountain House meals on hand now in our Emergency Meal kit, and now that I’ve seen the Mountain House also sells Emergency Food Kits, I plan on getting more. It never hurts to be prepared, and with a family of 6 I want to be sure we’ll have enough!