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Old 07-11-2010, 09:14 AM
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I've looked at 3 sites with Mountain House number 10 cans and I've googled "How many servings in Mountain House can" and I am not finding the answer. Does anyone know? I have a family of 2 adults 2 preteeens. I would like to have a pantry of food that supplies us high calorie entrees that I can add my own garden foods to in an emergency.
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go to the mountain house website and click " Click for nutrition and ingredients "
looks like"Beef Stroganoff with Noodles,.. " is 260 cals at 10 servings.

http://www.mtnhse.com/mm5/merchant.m...ory_Code=MHCDL
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Thanks! I thought it would have been in the item description.
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go to the mountain house website and click " Click for nutrition and ingredients "
looks like"Beef Stroganoff with Noodles,.. " is 260 cals at 10 servings.

http://www.mtnhse.com/mm5/merchant.m...ory_Code=MHCDL
I usually need to double the printed serving size (on anything) to get a normal portion.
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Warning- do not prep by "number of servings", prep by calories! I plan for 2000-2500 calories per day per adult.

I plan to supplement my FD heavily with the basic staples.
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Warning- do not prep by "number of servings", prep by calories! I plan for 2000-2500 calories per day per adult.

I plan to supplement my FD heavily with the basic staples.
Excellent plan! Campbels soup label says each can has like 2 1/2 servings. You would starve if you relied on this information.
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Mountain House and everyone else always figure small kid size servings.

When I used to take Mountain House packets backpackig I always figured that their two serving size was for one. Then I ate more on top of that - GORP/Trail Mix.

Most serving sizes are for someone on a diet sitting in front of a computer for work. When you're out in the REAL world or in a SHTF situation the calorie requirement really jumps.

Whatever, it's better to have too much instead of too little. But just remember for what you pay for freeze dried you can buy a NICE dehydrator and dry your own stuff. Although home dried does not have the NEAT-O factor freeze dried does it works just the same - it feeds you.

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Kinda like "How many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie roll pop?"

Depends on how hungry everyone is.

No parent is gonna refuse food to their children, interweb commandos aside that is.

Best to open a can before hand and try it on the family.

Pre-teens & teens seem to eat about half their body weight daily sometimes.
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A lot of people cry about how one serving size is not enough food, and what was Mountain House thinking when they put two in a pouch and we are still hungry.... etc.

Serving size is just a unit of measure that has little to do with how much it takes to make a person full, or satisfy their caloric intake.

Once serving size of triscuits crackers is 6 crackers. It has to do with what you would be comparing it to, calories, grams or ounces, or portion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serving_size

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good to know-- i didn't even think of that... ruh roh... I horribly underestimated how much we need... (thought there was more in those cans than there are)

well, craptastic! Not sure what I'm gonna do. Unemployment bites.
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good to know-- i didn't even think of that... ruh roh... I horribly underestimated how much we need... (thought there was more in those cans than there are)

well, craptastic! Not sure what I'm gonna do. Unemployment bites.
hey, joyfulheart, at least some preps are better than no preps, right? It's good that you have got this info now instead of when things get really bad.

Do you have all freeze dried stuff or do you have a mix of things? I think the freeze dried stuff is handy but awful expensive...
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Pre-teens & teens seem to eat about half their body weight daily sometimes.

No kidding. Scary. My 14 year old son, 6'3" or so, was in the fridge last night at midnight. He seems to be eating all the time!!
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I've looked at 3 sites with Mountain House number 10 cans and I've googled "How many servings in Mountain House can" and I am not finding the answer. Does anyone know? I have a family of 2 adults 2 preteeens. I would like to have a pantry of food that supplies us high calorie entrees that I can add my own garden foods to in an emergency.
There's always one too few.
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I recently purchase Mountain House from this site http://www.nitro-pak.com/
There "chat room" person was very helpful with these types of questions.
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for a family of 4, I would consider one can entree to be for one meal for the family.
the thing about these #10 cans is they have a wonderfully long shelf life.
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Warning- do not prep by "number of servings", prep by calories! I plan for 2000-2500 calories per day per adult.

I plan to supplement my FD heavily with the basic staples.
Yes 2000-2500 calories is ideal in most normal situations but when the SHTF plan on much less because survival is more important than getting ideal calories. You cant skimp on water but you dont need 2000 cals to survive. Yes, the more work you do, the more cals you need, but do you plan to burn max calories and then require max cals to survive? I dont! Thats why we prep way ahead of time, so as to not need the max!

Anyway, Mountainhouse or any other similar products have varying servings per container depending on what it is, and it is not hard to figure out that meat and dairy products will have more calories than veggies but dont overlook the the nutritional value (vitamins) for the sake of calories! Just get a wide variety of all and when you think you have enough, get more!
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the thing about these #10 cans is they have a wonderfully long shelf life.
Eat what you store, store what you eat and you don't have to worry about "shelf life".
Some freeze dried as a backup or for barter would be a good idea but we aren't putting all the eggs in one basket so to speak.
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Mountain House and everyone else always figure small kid size servings.

When I used to take Mountain House packets backpackig I always figured that their two serving size was for one. Then I ate more on top of that - GORP/Trail Mix.

Most serving sizes are for someone on a diet sitting in front of a computer for work. When you're out in the REAL world or in a SHTF situation the calorie requirement really jumps.

Whatever, it's better to have too much instead of too little. But just remember for what you pay for freeze dried you can buy a NICE dehydrator and dry your own stuff. Although home dried does not have the NEAT-O factor freeze dried does it works just the same - it feeds you.


Got that right, they (and others) do that because it makes their food appear 'healthier'. I don't know anyone who can get by on half a pack of MH, and certainly not me
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No kidding. Scary. My 14 year old son, 6'3" or so, was in the fridge last night at midnight. He seems to be eating all the time!!
Back in the late 70's Carter Recession, my mother bought peanut butter in gallon buckets & the cheapest generic bread for me & my brother to eat as an in-between meals filler. I was (an still is) a very healthy snack food that not only is filling but satisfies a sweet tooth. That should help take the bite out of the $$$ it costs to feed him.
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Yes, true, most of us could go on less than 2K calories/day. I need to be eating less than that now to get my weight down. But if SHTF, things are gonna suck bad enough that i really don't want to aggravate myself further by budgeting significantly less food than we are used to eating.

I bought a nice supply of Mountain House.a few years back. I figured at my age (early 40s) it's good to go for pretty much the rest of my life. I can stick it in a closet and forget about it. My wife has been instructed to hang onto it in the event of my demise. The mountain house entrees are surprisingly good. the closest comparison would be that of a frozen entree you buy at the grocery store. before the big purchase, I bought small bags intended for backpacking from ldp camping foods to taste. Almost every entree passed the family taste test- sweet and sour pork was a notable failure and i didn't care for the seafood dishes. Regardless, due to the sodium content I wouldn't want to eat MH entrees for three meals a day. The other two meals would consist mostly of grains or beans. To have a somewhat "normal" entree once a day seems like it would be a morale booster.

Peanut butter is under-rated as a survival food. It's about the most dense source of ready to eat calories available. JIF Crunchy has over 150 calories per ounce. Awesome barter item, too. Barring peanut allergies. I think everyone should have a case in storage.
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