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Popular YouTuber Eats 37-Year-Old Mountain House Meal

Sure, the Internet has its fair share of trolls, misinformation, and all-out horrors, but let’s remember there are some treasures out there in cyberspace as well – and we’re not merely referring to this here Mountain House blog! A definite online treasure is the YouTube channel of one Steve1989MREInfo, whose videos document his meticulous exploration of – and gastronomic experimentation with – vintage Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE), Long Range Patrol (LRP), and other field rations. “I’ll eat just about anything!” Steve1989 notes in his YouTube bio, with the all-important caveat: “Provided it passes a reasonable visual/smell/taste test.” Some of the rations … Continue reading

A History of Military Rations

Troops in the field are hungry human beings, and if they aren’t provided with sustainable, nutrient-dense meals, they cannot operate at their peak in order to best serve the country. That said, historically-speaking, from WWI to Vietnam, US troops have served on paltry and unpalatable rations, which do little for satiating hunger and less for boosting morale. Military rations have significantly improved since the Vietnam era, as the Department of Defense stepped up to ensure troops are better fed in order to better serve. There are many different ration types, varying between countries and their respective militaries.  Garrison Rations Soldiers have been … Continue reading

The History of Mountain House

These days, what with the outdoor-recreation industry bigger than ever and disaster preparedness on the radar of more and more people, freeze-dried backpacking and emergency food options seem to be popping up all over the place. But there’s a reason why Mountain House is still the gold standard. Well, actually there are many reasons, but one fundamental and overarching one is that we’ve been in the business a LONG time. We’re no flash-in-the-pan company jumping on the prepping or outdoors bandwagon: We’ve been around since the 1960s, pioneering a commercial-scale freeze-drying process that we’ve continually honed over all these decades … Continue reading