Mountain House Study: Pouch Shelf Life

Mountain House recently release results of 3rd party testing on oxygen levels in freeze dried food pouches made by them and their competitors.

It is critical for food preservation to maintain low oxygen level, below 2%. Normal air has oxygen level of 21%.

Some interesting comments on the study:

The freeze dried food pouch oxygen study was done by a 3rd party lab.

So key point is that freshness of freeze dried food in sealed #10 cans is FAR SUPERIOR to pouches. What the study shows is that some competitors pouches have quality issues which could result in rancid food in a relatively short period of time.

Mountain House commissioned the study:

Finally a note on low sodium freeze dried food options;

Moutain House Study Showing oxygen levels in sample of freeze dried food pouches from 7 survival food brands

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MRE Review: Menu No.8 Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

This MRE is Menu No.8, Meatballs in Marinara Sauce. It was packaged in 2008 (five years old). Considering how old it is it wasn’t too bad. The flavor of the meatballs seemed a little bland, and the cheese sauce had a strange consistency. These problems might have been because of the age of the meal. Otherwise it was all fine.

Menu No.8 Meatballs in Marinara Sauce (2008)

-Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

-Wheat Snack Bread (2)

-Cheese Spread

-Cheddar Cheese Pretzels

-Peanuts, Dry Roasted, Salted

-Lemon-Lime Beverage Base Powder


-Flameless Ration Heater

-Hot Beverage Bag

-Accessory Pack (Instant Coffee, Sugar, Non-Dairy Creamer, Salt, Chewing Gum, Matches, Moist Towelette, Toilet Paper)

via MRE Review: Menu No.8 Meatballs in Marinara Sauce (2008) – YouTube.

Survival Water Storage Tips – Expert Prepper Blog

Scarcity of drinking water is particularly threatening because the human body is not engineered to function more than three days in a dehydrated state. Therefore, it is imperative for us to always store a bare minimum amount of water at our homes to survive any emergency situation. Here are 9 survival water storage tips to go about this task:

SEE: Survival Water Storage Tips – Expert Prepper Blog.


Adding a tank to the water line – See Spero Systems: EMERGENCY WATER STORAGE TANK SYSTEMS

MRE or Freeze Dried Food?

The choice between MRE or freeze dried food for survival food is often discussed.

While MRE is truly the MOST ready to eat complete meal, military MRE is not intended for extended consumption(specification is up to 21 days).

Civilian MRE does not address that limitation.

However MRE is still a preferred option by some for it’s readiness and completeness (nothing else required to prepare) for short term needs.

MREs have a relatively short shelf life of 5 years and are much more expensive. Here some differing opinions on MRE vs freeze dried food for short term emergency situations like hurricanes or earthquakes;

Get more information on MREs on our MRE Information page.

▶ 72 Hour Emergency Kit Series Week 6: Sanitation and Personal Care – YouTube

From keeping clean to toiletries and bug spray, what kind of sanitation and personal care items should you have in your kit? Join in each week as we explore a different aspect of emergency kits!

via ▶ 72 Hour Emergency Kit Series Week 6: Sanitation and Personal Care – YouTube.