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Frequently Asked Questions

DO YOU HAVE
QUESTIONS ABOUT MOUNTAIN HOUSE
® FOODS?

Why Store Food?
Could You Survive A Food Shortage?

Taste, Convenience, Security
Simple Food Preparation
20 Year Shelf Life
Freeze Drying Process
Why Is Freeze Drying Imortant?
Unsurpassed Quality Control
How Long has Oregon Freeze Dry House Been Around?
Can I Buy Direct From Oregon Freeze Dry?

 

WHY STORE FOOD?

Keeping food on hand for emergencies protects you the same way insurance on your home, auto, or    life does.  With Mountain House® freeze-dried foods in your food reserve, you can be ready for just  about any unexpected crisis.   In today's turbulent times of uncertainty, (i.e., world market collapse, stock market volatility, frequency of natural and man-made disasters, etc.) there has never been  a better time to get a "survival insurance policy" of long storing foods and preparedness supplies.  In fact, the investment you make today may very well become the most important and valuable investments you will ever make!

Imagine if you will, what a life-saver these foods will be when your electric power is knocked out for several days by a severe storm.  With Mountain House® on hand and a one burner stove or candle to heat water (cold water can be used in a pinch), you can enjoy a hot delicious gourmet tasting meal in less than 10 minutes.  Having your own private food reserve makes a lot of sense... now more than ever before.  The peace-of-mind and security that comes form having your food reserve is potentially priceless!

 

COULD YOU SURVIVE A FOOD SHORTAGE?

If food supplies were interrupted for any variety of reasons (i.e. a natural disaster, civil unrest, riots, trucker strike, etc.), existing store supplies would disappear within hours.  No amount of money in the bank could put food on your table... for sure not the kind you enjoy today.  And how about those credit cards and ATM cards even if food was available.  If the power is out or computer lines are down... good luck, you'll be on your own.  This never need happen to you or your family if you simply take a few prudent steps today to get better prepared and get the food reserves you need.

 

TASTE, CONVENIENCE, SECURITY

Mountain House® freeze-dried foods are delicious, require no preparation, and will taste just as fresh years from now as they do today.  Backpackers consistently rate us #1 year after year as the best tasting foods and ease of preparation.  We are often asked why our foods taste superior to the competition.  The answer is fairly simple.  You see, we actually start with fresh or frozen foods then prepare and cook them, and finally freeze-dry them ourselves.  All the goodness, flavor, and taste is locked in just as if you had hand made them yourself from scratch.  In comparison, all other backpacking food companies do not actually freeze-dry or cook their own foods.   They blend the dry components of other companies and package them.  Our foods taste as close to fresh frozen as you can get.  If you want to store the best... look no further than Mountain House®.

 

SIMPLE FOOD PREPARATION

In today's fast hectic pace of life, we are used to a variety of fast convenient foods.  From fast food restaurants to  micro-wavable foods, we want fast great tasting meals our whole family will love.  This is where Mountain House® leads the field.  Our freeze-dried foods are super easy to prepare -- just add water... wait 10 minutes... and eat!  Their convenience can't be beat.  Because no cooking is needed, these foods require much less water and fuel than most fresh, frozen or dehydrated foods (further conserving these two precious commodities).

 

30+ YEAR SHELF-LIFE

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.

 

FREEZE-DRYING PROCESS

"Freeze-drying" is a unique process that provides product characteristics that cannot be achieved with any other food processing method.  We start by using fresh or cooked foods or cooked foods then flash freeze them.  Next we place them in a special vacuum chamber that reaches temperatures as cold as -50°F.  As low-level heat is applied (much less than dehydrating), the ice crystals evaporate without going back to the liquid phase.  This process, called "sublimination", removes approximately 98% of the product's moisture which prevents the food from spoiling.   The ultimate for long term storage.
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Why is freeze-dried important?

Freeze-drying provides very unique benefits and advantages over other food processing methods. Frozen foods maintain fresh flavor, but they must be kept frozen. Dehydrated and canned foods are shelf-stable, but their high-temperature processing reduces their flavor, texture, color, and nutrients. Freeze-drying combines the best of these processing methods--it locks in the freshness, color, texture, and aroma of frozen food while providing the shelf-stable convenience of canned or dehydrated food. MOUNTAIN HOUSE® freeze-dried food:

TASTES FRESH: Freeze-dried foods are nutritious and retain their fresh-food taste. Freeze drying removes only the water, not the flavor.
LOOKS FRESH: Freeze-dried foods maintain their original shape and texture. Low-temperature processing removes the food's water yet keeps the moisture channels and food fibers intact. When water is added back to the food, you can enjoy every fresh-food detail within minutes.
WEIGHS LESS THAN FRESH: 98% of the water has been removed from MOUNTAIN HOUSE®, so the weight of the food is reduced by 60% to 90%

This chart shows how they outperform other preserved foods and offer many advantages found in fresh foods as well.

Method of preservation
Retains
original
taste
Retains
most
original
nutrients
Retains
original
color
Long
storage
life
No
need to
rotate
stock
Light-
weight
No
preserv.
normally
needed
No
refrig.
needed
Table
ready
within
10 min.
Freeze-Dried
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Fresh
X
X
X
 
 
 
X
 
 
Frozen
X
X
X
 
 
 
X
 
 
Canned
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
Dehydration
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
X
 

Unsurpassed Quality Control

Mountain House® has a firm commitment to produce high quality food products in the cleanest, most modern food processing plant.  Our facilities have continuous USDA and FDA inspections.  We use only the highest quality meats, poultry, eggs, and vegetables -- NO SUBSTITUTES.  Every batch of food we produce is tested, and retested again several times by random statistical sampling to insure a premium quality product every time.  We don't stop there though.  We continue quality control (QC) testing and sampling during the entire canning process.  Even then we're not finished.  We pull off random cases from each run for further QC inspections.   Afterwards, each completed run is held by our QC  department until the testing is completed.  Only then is our foods ready to leave our facilities.  Does all this make a difference?  You bet it does.  For over 30 years, our reputation for producing the finest freeze-dried foods is unsurpassed.  We invite your close inspection.  Try some of our premium quality foods for yourself .  Like thousands of other food storage buyers each year, we think you will agree that Mountain House® offers the best tasting and finest quality foods for long-term storage available today.


How long has Oregon Freeze Dry, INC. been producing Mountain House® foods?

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. pioneered the development of freeze-dried food in the United States and was founded in 1963 to produce freeze-dried fruit for a large, nationally-known cereal manufacturer. Later they worked with the Department of Defense to develop and produce military rations that tasted better, weighed less, and were easier to prepare than canned rations. By the early 1970's, they were marketing their own MOUNTAIN HOUSE® brand of freeze-dried foods for outdoor recreational use. Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. is the largest multi-product freeze dryer in the world and is recognized as the world's leader in innovative, large-scale freeze-dry technology. They have two USDA-approved manufacturing plants, and a separate FDA-registered plant for non-food products. Their production facilities and products are under continuous USDA inspection. Collectively, these plants represent over 32,000 square feet of freeze-drying capacity - more than half the freeze-drying capacity in the U.S.


Does Oregon Freeze Dry, INC. manufacture other products?

YES! Their freeze-dried ingredients are known for their high quality and are key components in products made by many of America's largest food companies. You will find their ingredients in a wide variety of food products found on any grocery shelf--from instant soups and cream-filled chocolates to breakfast cereal and snacks. Their private label products include items such as lunch and dinner entrees for a nationally-known weight-loss program. OREGON FREEZE DRY, INC. continues to be a major supplier of rations and ration components to the U.S. military and the space program. And, of course, for over two decades MOUNTAIN HOUSE® has been the #1 menu favorite of recreational enthusiasts around the world.


May I order direct from Oregon Freeze Dry, INC.?

You must buy through a MOUNTAIN HOUSE® dealer.

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