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Which do you prefer and why?
Ive eaten MRE in the military and I don't mind the taste but my wife and son may object,;)
The 10# cans last for over 10 years from mountain house foods.
Seems good to me, As a long term storage solution.
Any opinions?
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If you are looking for home food supply, I think i'd just go with regular store bought canned food. I can't even stomach the smell of MRE's ! :xeye:
Looks like regular canned groc would be cheaper too.
 

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We do a little bit of all of it. A few MREs in the vehicles. A few Mtn House bag meals with camping gear and in BOBs. The majority of our stuff is plain jane grocery store stuff. It all has it's place in your prep package.
 

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Mountain House is much more stable. 10 years? Try 30 for the cans. No worrying about keeping them cool like you must do with MRE's.

As to taste, well we're all different. I had to eat MRE's once upon a time too. Now we stock Mountain House for our long term supplies, amongst others. The wife and I both really enjoy MH. You can get the pouches to try out different meals before you commit to a larger purchase if you are wondering if you'll like this flavor or that one. For MRE's all we buy is the cheese, peanut butter and crackers. The rest just isn't what we want to spend money on.


On the downside, MH will cost you. They aren't giving it away. Thats why we stock a multitude of different products. MH for us is for when we can't devote the time to making something where actual cooking is required but when we also want something we enjoy. In a high stress situation we don't want a food that is going to bind us up or a food that we find bilious. Figure we'll have enough problems then to keep us busy. Having a little luxuries like MH may be what keeps our morale up and keeps us going over the rough spots.
 

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Mountain House is much more stable. 10 years? Try 30 for the cans. No worrying about keeping them cool like you must do with MRE's.

As to taste, well we're all different. I had to eat MRE's once upon a time too. Now we stock Mountain House for our long term supplies, amongst others. The wife and I both really enjoy MH. You can get the pouches to try out different meals before you commit to a larger purchase if you are wondering if you'll like this flavor or that one. For MRE's all we buy is the cheese, peanut butter and crackers. The rest just isn't what we want to spend money on.


On the downside, MH will cost you. They aren't giving it away. Thats why we stock a multitude of different products. MH for us is for when we can't devote the time to making something where actual cooking is required but when we also want something we enjoy. In a high stress situation we don't want a food that is going to bind us up or a food that we find bilious. Figure we'll have enough problems then to keep us busy. Having a little luxuries like MH may be what keeps our morale up and keeps us going over the rough spots.
+1 very good reply
 

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The good thing about MRE bindage is that you will have more time available to do more important things then digging poop holes and exposing your self to posible danger.

Just a thought.
 

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Most of my food stores are #10 cans of Mountain house. And like Fishbread said it keeps 30+ years, and the camping bags of MH keeps for like 15 years. Plus the taste is very good, and very easy to use. I still have my 5 gallon buckets of items. But the ease of the MH will be very nice.
 

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I have both MH and MREs. I have the MREs in my grab'n go packs. If I really have to run, I figure the water for the MH may be scarce.
 

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I don't know why people are all "ewww" towards MRE's, they taste just fine to me.

By the way, honey never spoils, you could keep it on the shelf for a century and still use it
 

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We have about 3 cases of MRE's, 6 cases of M.H.and nitro pac foods.
The main weight of our stores are in our 5 gal bucket dry goods.
Then a large ammount of regular store bought canned goods.
The way we've spread the variety of food out we can eat like we normally do.
Life would get pretty boring figuring out what MRE you want for dinner.
 

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We have about 3 cases of MRE's, 6 cases of M.H.and nitro pac foods.
The main weight of our stores are in our 5 gal bucket dry goods.
Then a large ammount of regular store bought canned goods.
The way we've spread the variety of food out we can eat like we normally do.
Life would get pretty boring figuring out what MRE you want for dinner.


Anything's better than starving.
 

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Mountain House versus MREs? There is no comparison. MOuntain House all the way. Shelf life alone is a huge factor. Taste is even greater. don't forget you need bulk grains as well. learn to use your storage foods.
 

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Years ago I bought some freeze dried hamburger pattie's , 1/4 pounders . They were really good .
Question is does anyone have a line on those?
Grated hamburger just isn't the same .
They came in #10 cans sealed in nitrogen packing.
 

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I'd say it depends on your intentions. In a bug out bag, or some boxes of food to throw in the truck on the way out, I tend to prefer prepared foods like MRE's or store bought - open a package and eat type food. Freeze dried food requires water, plenty of water. In my pack or bug out, freeze dried may be lighter, but you gotta carry the water to eat it or find some to purify then put in your food. I think prepped food and MRE's give you that chance to eat on the move and get to where you are going, whether you have extra water or not. If you gotta keep moving, heating water or purifying water may nor be convenient. I say use the the freeze dried for Storage food and long term stuff. But always supplement with a few cases of MRE's and a few extra MRE's in your BOB or the "Oh Sh*t, we gotta get outta here now" supplies.
 

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+1 on mountain house. the only problem is the whole water issue. I've been pretty happy with the product and most of it is tasty.

- On the same lines, you can generally go into a grocery store and make up something very easily that will generally be healthier / cheaper / closer to your normal diet plan. Wander around your grocery store sometime. Its fun.
You wouldnt believe the stuff they have available.
 
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