Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce


The Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce will give the comforting feeling of home, even if you’re stuck in your tent during a downpour.

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  1. Rabid Hobbit says:
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect choice for emergency food supply, October 30, 2012
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    Rabid Hobbit (Baltimore, MD USA) –

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    Bottom line up front: This type of food is a great choice for an emergency food supply, especially for sheltering in place or evacuating by vehicle. The #10 cans have a 25-year shelf life, so you can buy them and not worry about rotating your stock for a couple of decades. The biggest downside is that once opened, they need to be used up right away.

    SHELF LIFE – The #10 cans have a 25-year shelf life (unopened). The biggest downside to #10 cans versus individual pouches is that the 25-year shelf life turns into a 1-week shelf life once they’ve been opened. Since each can has enough for 10 servings, you’ll be eating the same thing for several meals unless you’re cooking for a group.

    TASTE – In my experience, Mountain House food is really tasty. Let me caveat this review by saying that although I’ve eaten other Mountain House freeze-dried food, I haven’t had occasion to open the ones in the #10 cans (see my review of the “Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit”). That having been said, the Mountain House food I have tried has been very, very good tasting — not just good compared to other survival foods, but good period. I have no reason to expect that these would be any different.

    WEIGHT/CONVENIENCE – As steel cans, they’re reasonably durable and reasonably lightweight (not backpacking light, but you don’t have to be a weightlifter to move a large box of them). They do take up a bit of volume, but since the overwhelming majority of long-term emergency scenarios involve sheltering in place or evacuating by vehicle, I wouldn’t let that be a deal breaker (personnally, I have a stock of individual pouches just in case I have to leave on foot, but most of my food is in these cans).

    CALORIES – The problem with most freeze-dried emergency food is that a so-called “serving” has too few calories to meet an adult’s energy requirements (2500 a day for men; 2000 a day for women — more with heavy exertion), so you end up consuming more than you planned. These are no different. So even though a typical can ostensibly contains 10 1-cup servings, you really need to eat two servings per meal to get enough calories to survive — perhaps more. Plan your purchase accordingly.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent spaghetti. I’ll buy again and again for backpacking trips., November 8, 2016
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    Vonzo

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    This is not just OK. It actually tastes really good. Lots of carbs for those long hikes. Good amount of protein too. I had put off buying spaghetti in the past thinking it would be bland, but man, I was really impressed with this product. I ate it three times for lunch on a five day hike and kept catching myself thinking, “Man, this is some really good spaghetti!” I’ll definitely buy it for future trips. Regarding portion size, I’m 6’1″ 230 lbs and the full pouch was just about right for me while hiking. Needed all that fuel. Actually, I could’ve eaten a little more than the full pouch, but I didn’t feel shorted. Gave me the energy to keep going.
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  3. Michael Wickett says:
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    Key Ingredient of the Best Backpacking Meal Ever, April 18, 2016
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    On its own, there are too few noodles and the sauce is too strong. But then I don’t really like any freeze dried food on its own. However, it makes the greatest ever backpacking dinner with the following recipe I call “Spaghetti Every Day” because I eat it every day of long trips:

    2 servings Mountain House Spaghetti
    6 ounces angel hair pasta
    1 ounce olive oil (2 half-ounce packets)
    6 Tbsp parmesan cheese
    3 1/3 cups water

    Boil water. Add angel hair pasta. Cook until very al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on altitude. DO NOT DRAIN. Add Mountain House spaghetti and oil. Leave on heat a few minutes more, then let stand for 5 or 6 minutes. Add parmesan.

    Makes 2 servings of just over 700 calories each.

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