"Mountain House" meals

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by Marlee_c, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Marlee_c

    Marlee_c Guest

    I just picked me up a vacuum sealer this weekend, and am loving it! My question is, has anyone experimented with putting together home-made "Mountain House" style meals? Mixing up the ingredients in dry form, and maybe canning the sauces, or something in order to put it together?

    If you have, I'd love to hear some of your ideas!
  2. lisat

    lisat Well-Known Member

    That is a great idea! I am going to order dried foods from Honeyville Grain next week. In times of emergency that would be one last thing you have to think about, how to put all your stored foods into a meal. I think I will plan for one week of recipes. I will add vegetable soup and chicken soup base to my canning list. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. JeepHammer

    JeepHammer Well-Known Member

    I do something like this for hiking or hunting trips that will keep me out overnight...

    Put some beans or rice in a 'Zip Lock' baggie and roll it up.
    About two fingers is usually plenty, squeeze all the air out, seal it up and roll it up,
    Drop it in the bottom of your 'Vacuum' bag or another 'Zip Lock' bag...
    Then put in a few small packages (like from the fast food joints) of salt, pepper, chili seasonings, soy sauce, bullion cubes or what ever,
    And stuff a couple of helpings of Jerky in the same zip lock bag.

    Weights virtually nothing, makes for a really hardy soup and rib sticking meal all in one bag and MUCH smaller, lighter and more compact than something like an MRE!

    Peppered or flavored jerky makes for interesting combinations so you don't get bored...
    Ramen noodles and Teriyaki jerky,
    Peppered Jerky & Rice,
    Standard Jerky & pinto beans,
    Foil tear open package of tuna and Ramen noodles or rice (or both!)

    I use the vac-packer when I'm going to be in wet areas so everything doesn't get soggy before I get to it!

    My vac packer is real good for some things you probably haven't done yet if you just got yours...

    Like making up little bundles of socks, underwear, handkerchief so I have clean stuff every day without scrounging for it.
    Nothing like knowing there is dry underwear NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS!
    Doesn't seem like much until you talk to someone that has spent time in the bush, then it make PERFECT sense!

    I also vacuum pack lighters, matches, small fishing gear kit, hooks, sinkers, some line, ect.
    Makes for a VERY compact and corrosion/decay free way to keep my 'Emergency' items handy and ready for use.

    I also vacuum pack my maps and things like hunting licenses, lists of emergency phone numbers, contact information, ect.
    Always good to have GPS coordinates, radio frequencies, signaling information, names, phone numbers, contact persons/info handy and safe from moisture, finger prints, ect.

    Around the house, vacuum pack the instructions and reorder/warranty information for your house hold appliances so you can keep them pristine, but be able to zip tie them to the backs of the appliances so they are handy when you need them.

    I copy then vacuum pack information I'm going to use in the garage, like engine rebuild specifications, or part numbers for axle rebuild or transmission rebuild parts.
    Keep the info handy but keeps the gobs of greasy fingerprints off them so they STAY legible!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2008
  4. CVORNurse

    CVORNurse Well-Known Member

    lisa, you may like your soup canned, but once upon a time I canned some homemade veggie beef soup and did not like the way it turned out, so maybe experiment with a few before you commit a bunch of time to it.Everything turned a horrible darker color and all of the fluid was absorbed( or maybe even cooked out during the canning- this was almost 20 yrs ago and I have lost a lot of brain cells, according to my teens, since then). Now, if your ingredient list is different you may have good results. Maybe plan to make a small batch and can and taste it.
  5. lisat

    lisat Well-Known Member

    Thank you I will remember that. I will experiment this winter and let you know how it turns out.
  6. saintsfanbrian

    saintsfanbrian Liberty or Death!!!!

    I just recently got the Ziploc vaccuum sealer thing. That is a wonderful low tec way to vaccuum save items. Maybe for Christmas I will get the grand dad but the idea of having ready to cook meals all packaged up appeals to me. Especially with two little ones that are picky.
  7. Washkeeton

    Washkeeton Well-Known Member

    I like this idea but if your doing an over night how do you get dry pintos to cook in a short amount of time? I end up soaking them over night then cooking them all the next day... do you have a better method? Thanks
  8. outlander

    outlander Member

    Thats what I was wondering....beans take a long time to cook.You say it weighs less than a MRE but dont you have to carry a pot to cook the beans in?
  9. mchugh

    mchugh Guest

    Put ingredients together

    I'm sure there are other books but I came across this in the town library some time ago:

    "More Make A Mix Cookery"
    Publisher was Helen Fisher (HP Books in AZ)
    Don't really know if it's still in print or if the publisher is still around. It's a 1980 book.

    It's about putting together stuff to actually "put together" a meal later (days, weeks, months) with less fuss. Some were pretty tasty recipies also.

  10. bunkie

    bunkie Member

    catching up here and am enjoying reading this whole thread.

    i was thinking maybe one could soak and cook the beans till they were almost done, then dry them so on the trip you could finish cooking them?
  11. Emerald

    Emerald Well-Known Member

    You can take beans cook them all the way thru and then either dry them whole or mash them slightly and dry them and it takes much less time to re cook them.
    We have done it with rice before to take on hiking trips.

    By the way -- Welcome to the forum!:flower::flower:
  12. colt45on

    colt45on Prepared cus I'm Paranoid

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    The_Blob performing monkey

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    tsrwivey Supporting Member

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    rhrobert Happy in the hills

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  16. efbjr

    efbjr Well-Known Member

    Tremendous resource...

    Over on the backpacking sites Sarah Svien Kirconnell (aka by the trail name "Sarbar") has a website which is almost identical to what you are trying to accomplish. She preps her food and stores it in freezer bags, which are used to cook/reconstitute the meals, but the process is readily adaptable to vacuum sealing.

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  17. Kai22

    Kai22 Well-Known Member

    I got a vacuum sealer about three weeks ago and have been using it like crazy! How did I ever live without this thing? I am actually doing my first experiment making homemade Mountain House style meals as we speak! I have a hash brown/egg/soy sausage meal dehydrating right now.

    I found a book called Backpack Gourmet. It's obviously geared towards prepping for a backpacking trip, but it has tons of recipes to prepare the complete meal, then dehydrate the whole thing all at once and vacuum seal it up. I'm a little nervous though, so I think I'll be vacuum sealing and then storing in my freezer. I just don't know how long things that have been dehydrated and vacuumed sealed will last.
  18. rhrobert

    rhrobert Happy in the hills

    On youtube, there was a guy that holds preparedness seminars, and made up 4 0r 5 different meal in a bags, that included recipes...they were soups, but some were thick enough to eat with a fork.
    I'm trying to find it, if someone knows what I'm talking about and has a link, shout it out. I have it on one of my hard drives, but finding is gonna be a pain...guess I need to organize better

    Very simple, and very good meals.

    Found it: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAVb_Uz4SWQ[/ame]
  19. Kai22

    Kai22 Well-Known Member

    So my dehydrated breakfast meal worked out great! It completely dehydrated, and I sealed it up into two serving packets! As I stated before..I'm a bit paranoid, so it's stored in the freezer, but DH doesn't seem to think that's necessary. The small portion that I kept out to rehydrate worked out fine and didn't taste bad at all! The only weird thing was my potatoes turned dark. But, after I shredded them up they sat for a bit before I cooked them (due to a shredding of my fingers on the food processor blade :congrat:). I think the darkening had to do more with that than the dehydrating process.
  20. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Kai, that's awesome what you're doing, making those dehydrated meals! Keep us posted on future efforts!

    Your potatoes won't turn dark if you crush a vitamin C tablet, dissolve it in water, and dip your potatoes in it before you dry them.

    Earlier on this thread there was some discussion on pinto beans. Like Emerald said, you can cook beans until they're done, dry them, and have instant dried beans. You can make your own minute rice the same way. Cook it as directed, then dry it. Both foods might make good additions to homemade Mountain House-style meals.