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Backpacking Foods (pouches)mountain house, mountain house food, freeze dried food, survival food
Based on storage studies conducted over many years, the shelf life is at least 5 years from date of manufacture, as long as the pouch is stored unopened in a cool area. After 5 years, a change in flavor and appearance may be noticed. For best results, avoid prolonged storage at temperatures above 75° F (24° C).

#10 Cans-- Emergency Foodsmountain house, mountain house food, freeze dried food, survival food
Mountain House freeze-dried foods are packed in #10 cans with 98% of the oxygen removed. Their canning process uses vacuum oxygen removal and nitrogen flushing, or oxygen absorbers to protect product freshness. The products packed in #10 cans offer a 30+ year shelf life. They have manufactured cans for almost 35 years for consumers and military use. They have also tasted product that is 35 years old and it still tastes great. Each can and lid is coated with a protective enamel inside and out for double protection. The cans contents are protected until you open them. After opening, they recommend using the contents within 2 to 3 weeks for best results and taste; using the convenient resealable plastic lid between uses. Treat any leftover food as you would fresh food.

Manufacture Date
The product manufacturing code appears on the back of Mountain House® pouches and on the bottom of Mountain House® cans. The date in the code represents the date on which the product was packaged. For pouches starting January of 2001 we are now printing BEST IF USED BY
dates on the back of each pouch.

1989 and after:
99 = Year
028 = Julian Date (example = 28th day of the year = January 28)
CIA = Production Operator's Initials

Prior to 1989:
T = Year (example "T" = 1987; see below*)
203 = Julian Date (example = 203rd day of the year = July 22)
94D = Internal tracking system code number

*The year code can be understood as follows:

A = 1970 F = 1975 K = 1980 R = 1985
B = 1971 G = 1976 L = 1981 S = 1986
C = 1972 H = 1977 M = 1982 T = 1987
D = 1973 I = 1978 N = 1983 U = 1988
E = 1974 J = 1979 P = 1984