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Chris Greene
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Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 10th, 2017 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've avoided it for decades as it wasn't all that good in the 70's. I called the company and they'll send out a couple samples but I'm wondering if any of you guys have eaten this stuff recently. I'm interested mostly for one-two night trips in the Lexus Land Cruiser where I don't have a fridge (or want to deal with a cooler).

Black Gibson

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Nov 10th, 2017 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use HM freeze dried stuff, but only when weight is my biggest concern. If it's going on my back or in a haul bag for more than a few days the ounces really add up. On trips like that something hot to eat at the end of the day can be a big deal. I think it tastes better than when I was a kid... but if weight didn't matter I'd still rather have a can of soup or even spaghetti-O's.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 10th, 2017 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The appeal to me of the freeze dried stuff is - boil water, add to pouch, wait, hot meal. There are tons of cheaper alternatives with canned products but then you're moving into pouring it into a container to cook and having the container to clean. In my van, with a fridge, sink, cooktop, and microwave (if I haul my Honda 2000 genset), meals are easy. In the LC for one or two nights in places like the SNRA, I don't want any fuss. Often, I make due with stuff that doesn't need heating or cooking but I always have a single burner MSR stove in there so I can heat water for coffee. Just thought it might be fun to try a hot breakfast that didn't need cooking.

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Nov 10th, 2017 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the vacuum packed ones, I think they are called Mountain House Pro-Pak. They take up less space than the regular packaging and I mostly like that they are single servings. The ones that have two servings is just too much for me to eat these days.

I like Packit Gourmet more! Check them out.

Packit Gourmet linkage

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Nov 10th, 2017 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Forgot to mention you can cook those Packit Gourmet meals in the bag. The bag has a gusset on the bottom so it stands up.


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Nov 10th, 2017 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I made a cozy out of Reflectix and Duck Tape to put the meals in to keep them hot during the re-hydration period.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 10th, 2017 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the link to Packit. Looks like some interesting choices over Mountain House.

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Nov 10th, 2017 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't done much real backpacking for twenty years -- but I ate some pretty vile stuff back when I was doing it.

I'm interested in some opinions here because I'm thinking of laying in some MREs just in case.

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Wait, what?
Nov 10th, 2017 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting trivia: When climbers on big walls are on multi day climbs, they have to haul water anyway so they often don't bother with freeze dried stuff.

Just last night I was going through the cupboards and found a couple sample meals from some source but I forget who. I determined I should just eat them soon.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 10th, 2017 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My interest is solely for use in the Lexus Land Cruiser for ease of getting a hot meal with the least amount of fuss in the backcountry. I haven't backpacked since the 70's and while we bought this stuff then, it wasn't all that.

Pinetree
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Nov 10th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I eat MH and Wise Family when I'm out on my motorcycle.

It's come a long way, and I quite enjoy it.

Just watch the calorie count.



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Nov 10th, 2017 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I eat MH when I got hiking. Love the stuff!

A lot better than the MREs back when I was a Ranger in the Army.

I actually look forward to hiking because I am eating good. Mostly do overnighters in the SNF in the great state of Va.

Light weight Just need water and heat source 10 mins.
Grub On. Also the potions are great.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 10th, 2017 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the additional comments!

Jake
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Wait, what?
Nov 13th, 2017 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My sample meals are Mountain House, still uneaten.

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Nov 13th, 2017 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MH has come a long way. It's pretty good stuff.

My meals of choice (when additional weight is not that critical) are MREs with the heater packs. The quality of the food is amazingly good--compared to what was available just a few years ago.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 13th, 2017 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Aren't almost all MREs now civilian versions of the military ones? I recall that the selling of military MREs to the civilian market was halted a few years back

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 14th, 2017 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got two free samples from MH today - the Breakfast Skillet and Chili Mac with Beef. They are single serving size (so half their normal package) but should give me an idea if these are worth buying, especially as emergency rations or a Lexus Land Cruiser overnighter.

Pinetree
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Nov 14th, 2017 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Chili Mac and Lasagna are my faves.



Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 14th, 2017 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am preparing the chili Mac as we speak.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 14th, 2017 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, I have to admit it was pretty tasty. Even though I cooked it for the requisite nine minutes it could've used one more minute. This dish would be great with tortillas (chili street tacos?) but I used a piece of rye bread to sop up the remaining sauce. Considering it has a 30 year shelf life and I'm 67, I think I'll lay in a small supply for camping and emergencies. Costco seems to have a pretty good deal on some assortments but there are other places to buy.

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 07:55 PM, Nov 14th, 2017)

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