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#127675 - 03/18/08 03:47 PM Mountain House versus Provident Pantry
MichaelJ Offline

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 114
I'm going to buy some "long-term" food for storage. Freeze dried seems to be the best for store and forget. Does anyone here have experience with Mountain House or Provident Pantry or (preferably) both. Does one taste better? Does one store longer? Are there other brands I should consider?

#127678 - 03/18/08 04:03 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: MichaelJ]
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Avoid the Moutain House "Jamacian BBC Chicken". I took some backpacking and after two bites decided I'd rather go hungery. It was horrid. I suggest you try the different flavors before buying any in bulk.

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#127683 - 03/18/08 04:57 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: Blast]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
Itís hard to recommend a food because all of us have different likes in food. I like Mountain House stroganoff a lot.

I think Mountain House & Backpackers Pantry are good. I donít have any experience with Provident Pantry.

Another backpacking food to take a look at (and itís less expensive and taste good) is Enertia Trail Foods. They are more vegetarian based then other trail food. Here is their web address



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#127688 - 03/18/08 06:11 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: BobS]
kmat Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 58
Loc: Spring, Texas

Try harmonyhouse.com also. They have some sampler packages you can check out before making a large buy. You can rotate them out and use them for evryday cooking and for trail meals also.
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#127692 - 03/18/08 07:01 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: kmat]
wolf Offline

Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 329
Loc: Michigan
I second the Mountain House Beef Stroganoff. I've also had their turkey tetrazini and it was good as well. Vitacost has very good prices on Mountain House products. The cans are supposed to last 30 years if unopened and stored properly.

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#127700 - 03/18/08 07:49 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: wolf]
tomfaranda Offline

Registered: 02/14/08
Posts: 287
Loc: Croton on Hudson, NY
Mountain House spaghetti with meat sauce is good choice. I have a can of it and another Mountain House product (can't remember which) stored in the basement.

#127713 - 03/18/08 10:12 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: MichaelJ]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1470
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Might want to throw Alpine Aire foods into the mix. Good stuff.

#127715 - 03/18/08 10:29 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: LED]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
This is a great thread, by the time itís a few weeks old there will be a list of all kinds of food to try. Food is one of my favorite subjectsÖ

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#127724 - 03/18/08 11:47 PM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: MichaelJ]
jaywalke Offline

Registered: 12/22/07
Posts: 172
Loc: Appalachian mountains
They are fundamentally different in that one is freeze-dried and one is dehydrated. I am assuming we are talking #10 cans for both, since this is long-term.

Mountain House makes some basic ingredients (meat, cheese, vegetables) but they specialize in complete freeze-dried entrees. If you want very simple food prep, this is the way to go. Scoop food, add boiling water, wait 10 minutes, eat. Of course, it's more expensive, but it makes a great quick meal. The only problem is that everything is pre-spiced, sometimes heavily so, and you either love the taste or want to use it as spackle. The pouches are a good way to try out various dishes to see if you can eat them regularly.

Provident Pantry (which I have not tried, but I have used Rainy Day Foods, which looks very similar) is dehydrated, so it is more individual ingredients: rice, beans, TVP, tomato powder, pasta, fruit and veg. Dehydrated stuff requires some simmering and cooking (hence fuel) from scratch, and you'll find more dried mixes like for pancakes, breads, etc. The upside is that you get to season it yourself and vary the menu more than with freeze-drieds, and it's much cheaper. If you know how to cook even a little, you can make a lot of "normal" meals from dehydrated stuff.

I have not yet built up my stock to where I want it to be, but right now I use a base of dehydrated food with a few select freeze-drieds for quick meals and areas that dehydrateds don't cover (meat, cheese, some fruits like berries). It works out well, and I mix it slowly into our regular menu so if we ever need to use it exclusively there will be no great shock.

Edited by jaywalke (03/18/08 11:49 PM)

#127733 - 03/19/08 01:57 AM Re: Mountain House versus Provident Pantry [Re: jaywalke]
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Loc: 20mi east of San Diego

you might try looking at the following web sites:
www.beprepared.com and

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