+1 very good replyMountain 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.
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.