So imagine you and your buddies just made camp after a 20-mile hike and your energy stores are low. Your buddy Steve offers you an MRE he bought from a garage sale 5 years ago. Eww... that's when you pull out your trusty pouch of Mountain House Beef Stroganoff and instantly all your buddies are jealous. Especially Steve. Because while Steve is eating his old survival ration, you'll be dining on real, honest-to-goodness beef stroganoff. Made with tender, all natural beef, savory mushrooms and onions with noodles in a rich sour cream sauce. Trust us, this is way better than whatever Steve is eating.
Our Taste Guarantee
The Mountain House Taste Guarantee was created to let you know that we stand behind our shelf-life promise. If your undamaged, properly stored Mountain House meal is not as good as new production for 12+ years in our pouches, or 25+ years in our #10 cans, we will replace that item at no cost to you with the same or equivalent product.
Longest Proven Shelf Life. Period
We take pride in the shelf life of Mountain House freeze-dried foods. Our nearly 50-year history of using top-quality ingredients, the highest processing standards, and premium packaging materials allows for a shelf life that is unmatched.
We are the only brand to fully cook our meals before freeze drying. We make our meals like you do at home, in a cookpot (granted ours is a tad bit bigger). This allows the flavors to mix just right like your meals do at home.
Our food also doesn't sit in the warehouse forever either. This means when you buy our food from us, it will still have the longest proven shelf life in the industry.
The rest is up to you: store food under dry, sanitary conditions, without prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures and avoiding any environment that could cause damage to the packaging, such as punctures, dents, or rust. Simply follow these common sense storage tips and you will have emergency food when you need it.
Pouches — 12-Year Shelf Life *
Based on our ongoing sensory and nutrition testing of actual Mountain House products, in 2014 the shelf life was increased by an impressive 20%, from 10+ years to 12+ years! We add the "+" to let our consumers know that our food will taste virtually indistinguishable from new for at least 12 years and probably much longer than that! We've tasted pouches that were 30 years old and the food was still quite tasty!
Remember that we recommend storing your pouches unopened and avoid prolonged exposure to temperatures above 75° (24°C) to maximize shelf life.
*Ice cream products have a 2-year shelf life.
"Just in Case..."® Bucket Assortments — 12-Year Shelf Life
Packed in sturdy, reusable buckets, our "Just in Case..."® assortments are easy to store, easy to carry and have the same fantastic 12-year shelf life as our pouches. Perfect as part of your 72-hour, earthquake or emergency kit. We provide 3 different assortments to fit your family's needs
#10 Cans — 25-Year Shelf Life
Best Survival, Long Term Emergency Food On The Market
Specially packed in airtight #10 cans, Mountain House freeze-dried foods have the longest proven shelf life available. Period. We confidently claim a 25+-year shelf life, because our testing has shown the shelf life exceeds 25 years! We've had independent studies performed on actual 20-, 25- and 30-year-old product stored under real-world conditions, which weren’t always ideal — not on newer product exposed to an accelerated-time environment in a laboratory. In addition, we have personally tasted cans that were 35 years old and still taste great!
Our canning process meets stringent U.S. Military specifications. Your food is protected until you are ready to enjoy it.
After opening, we recommend using the dry contents within one week for best results and taste, using the convenient resealable plastic lid between uses.
After hydration, treat any leftover hydrated food as you would fresh food.
Because we have the longest proven shelf life in the industry and the best flavor, it is easy to see why people consider Mountain House the best survival food money can buy.