Commercial Freeze Dried Foods (MH, Wise, etc.)

Bronzino

Spunky sidekick
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Sent links for MPS and Vegan Mama to my parents. Dad just called and asked if I really thought it would be that bad. I said well, wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry? If it does get bad, then will you want to wrestle with people over 1 can of beans left on the shelf? What if you have a cold and people up there are sick? I told him plus, if you are feeling lazy or cheap, then you can crack open a bag for dinner. They last a long time. He said, "Well, ok. I'll talk it over with your mother." LOL I also told him about the shipping delay. We will see what they decide to do...

EDIT: Mom overruled Dad and they ordered. 👍🏻
 
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Vegan Mama

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YESSSSSSS, But I am getting shipping out faster than two weeks. Plus I had to pick up the slack since my husband's stroke. Making over 30 meals by myself is not fun...
YESSSSSSS, But I am getting shipping out faster than two weeks. Plus I had to pick up the slack since my husband's stroke. Making over 30 meals by myself is not fun...
Just ordered a starter kit @Vegan Mama !
Your package is on it's way!!!!!
 

john 1775

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I do Ramen noodles, cup of soup mixes, Mrs Knorrs rice packages, prepackaged nut mixes and dried fruit, jerkey, sealed pepperoni packets, single serve packs of tuna, chicken, or spam, granola bars, coffee singles, tea packets, etc... I rotate them in and out of bags.

I'm getting ready to put together some more that will have squeeze peanut butter in them...
Jay, do you do your own jerkey or bulk purchases?
 

Bronzino

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Gold Subscriber
I took Mel's advice and fixed a MH Breakfast skillet this morning. They are marketed as wraps, but if you don't have tortillas then could still be an egg scramble. Ingredients are hash browns, eggs, pork sausage, green and red peppers, and onions. It says 2 servings per package, 1 serving = 1 cup prepared. 400 calories per serving. I happened to have tortillas. I chopped up some onion, added that to tortilla with an orange on the side. I only put 1/2 cup prepared on one tortilla. I thought it was very good. Filled me perfectly for breakfast, with added fruit don't feel stuffed. I am going to put the remaining in the fridge. I will probably have it for lunch as well, but add some sauteed peppers and onions for veggie side. Pics are packages, dehydrated, rehydrated, and final breakfast. I bought this 5 years ago I think? Walmart maybe. I think back then it was around $6 a package. It is now $9.99 a pack. I would buy it again.

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Bronzino

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I tried the MH Beef Stroganoff for dinner tonight. I bought it at Walmart 5 years ago or so. I think it was around $7-8. It's around the same price now. I'm always a little apprehensive about trying these for some reason. I guess I'm afraid they are going to suck and it was a waste of money, but so far so good. Package calls for 2 cups boiling water, but I used just under 2 cups. I wanted to make sure all the water absorbed. I had tried another egg pouch a while back (not the breakfast skillet above) and used the recommended water amount. It turned out to be too much water and was soupy. I decided to lessen the amount of water and it worked well. I also let it sit for 15 minutes instead of the 8-9 minutes as listed on the bag. It was very tasty - I was pleasantly surprised. It had a nice creamy thickness and taste. Egg noodles, mushrooms and beef. I would definitely buy again. Oh - and it was two servings so I will have it for lunch tomorrow. I also added some Worchestshire sauce and that made it even more delicious.
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WhiteWolf

Wolf Mage
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UPDATE ON PRICING:

HOLY.... OMG... I have sticker shock.
Just found 6 - #10 cans of Mountain House FD ground beef at Safecastle.com... listed at $400/case of 6 #10 cans.

Oh, and I've used RainyDayFoods.com for a long time. Their homepage has a large notice that shipping delays are now up to 10 WEEKS.
 

partndn

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I get Bear Creek soups sometimes at Big Lots. It makes a ridiculous gallon with one package.
I made the cheezy potato the other day, and it's good. I shorted the amount of water a bit, so when reheating I add a little milk or half n half for more richness.
I took some and added polish sausage chunks that I browned. Yum.
Some I am still going to put in the vitamix with cumin, corn, jalapenos, and maybe a little other stuff. Yum

I'm single, so these Bear Creek freeze dried pkgs make me have to do several meals and share with the folks. But really tasty.

My Big Lots purchases of recent say "best by 03/2022"
I'm thinking of getting a couple more, opening and repacking in much smaller pks in some capri sun empties I've saved.. add an o2 and reseal with flat iron. The difficulty will by trying to even out the ingredients mix, but shouldn't be impossible. I have some sturdy mylars, but not that small.
Has anyone done that?
 

Mel's Cookin'

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Moderator
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UPDATE ON PRICING:

HOLY.... OMG... I have sticker shock.
Just found 6 - #10 cans of Mountain House FD ground beef at Safecastle.com... listed at $400/case of 6 #10 cans.

Oh, and I've used RainyDayFoods.com for a long time. Their homepage has a large notice that shipping delays are now up to 10 WEEKS.
Sac, do you have any records of what you've paid for that in the past?

I only have one purchase in my records for MH FD ground beef. I paid $240 for a case in 2014, making it $40 a can. I remember biting the bullet and buying it and a few other cases of stuff because of a quantity sale going on at the time so it was likely a very few dollars more than that regular price then. I do remember thinking there's no way I could ever open any of those cans because that food was too expensive to actually use... I opened the first can when I was working on some recipes I needed to measure the ingredients for when @O:gweh was getting ready for a hunting trip and then used it for our camping kind of meals on my vacation this past January. Didn't realize then I could have served lobster on the same budget. :eek:


At $399 a case, that comes to $66.50 a can. Directly from Mountain House it is $69 a can. Usually a bit more of a drop between buying directly from MH and the resellers, part of their sales agreement arrangement. MH sells higher than the resellers so they aren't in competition with the resellers. The fact there is so little difference in the prices is a real insight into the state of the market.
 

Mel's Cookin'

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I get Bear Creek soups sometimes at Big Lots. It makes a ridiculous gallon with one package.
I made the cheezy potato the other day, and it's good. I shorted the amount of water a bit, so when reheating I add a little milk or half n half for more richness.
I took some and added polish sausage chunks that I browned. Yum.
Some I am still going to put in the vitamix with cumin, corn, jalapenos, and maybe a little other stuff. Yum

I'm single, so these Bear Creek freeze dried pkgs make me have to do several meals and share with the folks. But really tasty.

My Big Lots purchases of recent say "best by 03/2022"
I'm thinking of getting a couple more, opening and repacking in much smaller pks in some capri sun empties I've saved.. add an o2 and reseal with flat iron. The difficulty will by trying to even out the ingredients mix, but shouldn't be impossible. I have some sturdy mylars, but not that small.
Has anyone done that?
I've never bought the mixes so I can't help you on that. They do settle depending on the weight of the different ingredients so if there are larger pieces, you may have to separate the larger pieces from the powdery stuff (which is where the seasonings are going to be) and then divide the two by the separate piece size. You'll lose a little like that, but it is going to be a challenge to get it evenly divided otherwise.