ate a Mountain House freeze-dried meal for the first time on a backpacking trip with my brother, Brian, to McGonagall Pass in Denali National Park. The trip was so intense because of Denali’s trail-less wilderness and dense underbrush that we estimate that we were burning somewhere near 5,000 calories per day. So, when we cooked Mountain House Pasta Primavera on our first night, we were relieved that it was easy to make and tasted great. We loved all the Mountain House meals we made on that trip, including breakfast burritos filled with Mountain House Scrambled Eggs, dinners of Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce, and desserts of Mountain House Raspberry Crumble. While in Alaska, Brian and I joked that we might continue to eat the meals even when returning home and secretly serve them at dinner parties (after hiding the packaging). I love that you only need to add boiling water to make a meal, and, since you can eat the food in the packaging bag, the only equipment required is a tiny stove for making boiling water and a spoon.
Trust me: I’ve tried some of the other brands that promise more variety, like Backpacker’s Pantry and Natural High, but they don’t taste anywhere near as good as Mountain House. The meals taste so good that Brian and I secretly suspect that Mountain House kidnapped someone’s grandma and forces her to make millions of batches of all of her delicious comfort food recipes.
My favorites: Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Beef Stroganoff, Seafood Chowder, Raspberry Crumble, and Blueberry Cheesecake. WB
To read the whole story of the trip on which I discovered Mountain House Freeze-Dried Meals, read: Accepting wet feet — A harrowing attempt at crossing the McKinley River in Denali National Park, Alaska.