Grand Canyon Hike Must Have- Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods

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!

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  1. I was reading the names of the different foods you got to try and those do sound delicious! These would probably be good meals to stock up on for emergencies.

  2. This is fantastic! I had a case of K-Rations (what our soldiers eat overseas) that we used when Hurricane Ike came through. I’m going to have to check out Mountain Meals too, just to be prepared! It’s nice to have peace of mind knowing there will be something to eat in case something happens!

  3. How long is the shelf life? These would be great for our prepping plans!

  4. I would never think that freeze dried food would look so good! Yum!

  5. Wow – I would have never guessed freeze dried food to look so yummy and from your experience taste so good as well. We really need to have an emergency stash of food and this looks like a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  6. YUM! Those all look good! I am hesitant of any eggs that I don’t crack open. But the rest of the food looks great! I think I’ll have to try those!

  7. These actually LOOK good, I’m impressed! I will definitely be checking these out before we go camping next summer! Easy and light to carry with us is so important! Thanks for sharing! I’ve never heard of them! Oh, and they would be great in case of emergency, too!

  8. Those do look good! I’ve had freeze dried ice cream before, but was too scared to try the meals. I wasn’t sure what they would look/taste like. But these look delicious, I’m going to have to remember these for our camping trips next summer. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I really like the Lasagna with Meat Sauce! I had no idea they made wraps – I will have to check those out for next summer. We love these meals when we are just doing regular camping because they are just so easy!

  10. I had absolutely no idea there were that many varieties available. I am floored and impressed and must investigate all the way to my tummy!

  11. Laura Grace Andry says

    I love going on hikes and am tired of always packing PBJ’s whenever we have to be somewhere over lunch. This is a great alternative and one that I did not know about. Thanks 🙂

  12. These would be really good for our emergency prep kit, actually! Look pretty tasty for freeze-dried.

  13. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh I would never have thought freeze dried would look so good! I have always been hesitant to buy it, but these really do look good! These would be so much easier than trying to make and pack others! And..much lighter in weight!


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