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Mountain House Classic Assortment - Bucket with 12 Packs

Mountain House Classic Assortment
Mountain House Classic Bucket With 12 Packs

This Mountain House Classic Assortment bucket is ideal for camping, hiking, and emergency survival food.  You can't beat these for a quick meal on the trail. The bucket includes a 12-pack assortment of great tasting premium meals with a 12+ year shelf life and will feed a person for 3.5 days based on the USDA recommended diet of 2,000 calories/day.  Keep some in your backpack, Bug-Out bag, and vehicles to always be prepared.  There is no need for pots, pans, plates or bowls, as you only need to add hot water to each packet and stir.  

Why you might need it

Mountain House is the food people trust when failure is not an option. Consistently chosen as the best tasting food among outdoor and survival brands, Mountain House is the ideal camping, backpacking and survival food.  The individual packets are great when you are on the go and last much longer than MREs (Meals Ready to Eat).  Buying Mountain House in 12-pack buckets is more cost effective than buying the individual packets  You can also buy and stack as many of the buckets as you need for long term survival situations, and Mountain House also has #10 cans which have a 25-year shelf life.

For nearly 50 years, Mountain House adventure meals have consistently been the premier choice of campers, backpackers, and survival experts. Born out of freeze dried meals made for the United States Special Forces, Mountain House food has a proven history of reliability and most importantly, delicious flavor.  With just-add-water preparation and no-mess cleanup, Mountain House is the perfect camping food or backpacking food.  Preppers who stockpile food for a Doomsday scenario or Bug-Out situation should also consider Mountain House as an emergency survival food.  The meals are packaged in resealable foil packages.

Think about long term food storage as well as you can stack a bunch of these buckets or purchase the longer lasting #10 cans.  It is always a great idea to make sure you are always prepared for a short term or long term disaster.  You'll be glad you have a long term supply of food and water if there is ever a major disaster where you do not have access to today's convenience of having a nearby grocery store or restaurants.  Large natural disasters such as hurricanes, earth quakes, epidemics, or even man made disasters such as an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), war, collapse of society, etc, will make the majority of people run out of food in 3 days or less.  Whether it is a natural disaster that temporarily leaves you with limited resources, a pre-planned family camping trip, or just purely a matter of convenience, having an ample amount of freeze dried or dehydrated food storage is never a bad idea.  Freeze dried is by far the best food for long term storage.  It is also advisable to have plenty of canned food in storage, but only enough that you can continually eat / rotate, so that you are not throwing away food.  In a very long term disaster, you could eat your canned foods first and then transition to freeze dried foods while also hunting, fishing, trapping, growing your own food, collecting edible wild plants, etc.  You can sharpen your skills at acquiring your own food while eating your canned and bulk foods.  Make sure that you have also stored an adequate amount of fresh water and/or you have methods for filtering, boiling, and/or distilling your own fresh water supply.  Storing water in 55 gallon water storage barrels, swimming pools, and other containers, along with building your own Rainwater Collection System, and/or using a Mini Water Filtration System will ensure that you have enough drinking water that can also be used for hygiene and re-hydrating food.

Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket includes the following:

- Mountain House Plastic Bucket - With 12 total meals, this bucket has enough food to feed a person for 3.5 days, based on the USDA recommended diet of 2,000 calories/day.   

- Each Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket contains the following Mountain House meals:
  • 2 x Beef Stroganoff
  • 2 x Chicken Teriyaki
  • 2 x Beef Stew
  • 2 x Lasagna with Meat Sauce
  • 2 x Noodles and Chicken
  • 2 x Granola with Milk & Blueberries

Other Mountain House Buckets and #10 cans:

Essential Assortment Bucket (Assortment contains 12 pouches per bucket: 4- Rice and Chicken, 4- Chili Mac, 4 Spaghetti)

Breakfast Bucket (Assortment contains 16 pouches per bucket: 4- Scrambled eggs with ham, 4- Scrambled eggs with bacon, 4- Granola with milk and blueberries, 4- Breakfast skillet)

Mountain House #10 Cans (NOTE:  The #10 cans will last for 25+ years in their unopened cans.  It is recommended to have a mix of the #10 cans and buckets (with individual packages).  Once you open a #10 can, you can place the uneaten contents in a large freezer bag and put the bag in the can, but the remainder of the meal should be eaten in the near future, as it will not last as long once the can is opened.  The individual Mountain House resealable packages are better for transporting on hiking and camping trips and are easier and less messy to use compared to the #10 cans which are great for longer term food storage)

Taste Guarantee:

Every pouch inside each stack-able, and portable, Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket has a proven 12+ year Taste Guarantee.  If your undamaged, properly stored Mountain House meal is not as good as new production for 12+ years in their pouches, or 25+ years in their #10 cans, Mountain House will replace that item at no cost to you with the same or equivalent product.

Selected Amazon Feedback

"Nicely Packed and the food is tasty too."

"Love this stuff! Did a 12 day 120 mile hike of the AT. Used these for lunch and dinner. Split it between me and a friend. Her and I were full and was great for the amount of calories we were burning off."

"I have only tried one packet (Beef and Mac) out of this bucket, but I am immediately impressed....Bottom line it is, mountain house is the best tasting emergency/bag food I've had in my 18 plus years in the service, I will keep a ready supply of food and water in my home. Great taste, easily portable, super lightweight, and 25 year shelf life makes for perfect product for me and my family..."

The Mountain House foods are a cut above the other brands; real food and meals compared to mush or cup a soup for the most part with the other brands..."

"...A good comparison between Mountain House and Honeyville or Wise would be going to a good sit down restaurant (MH) and a restaurant (HV,W) where all the meat is precooked and just rewarmed where they had the pink slime controversy. I am a cook, bake my own bread so I don't eat out very often at all and couldn't think of buying Wise or Honeyville. My husband would be very hungry and have to eat about 3 servings at a time. I bought Mountain House with him in mind.... Real Food! Very satisfying. Just use HOT water."

"Prepper approved: Nutritious, tasty and a good value.  When I go offroading / tent camping, I usually bring an ice chest with real food, but one of my friends always brings Mountain House freeze dried food and gives very high ratings for it. So I bought the "classic assortment bucket" just to try out. The meals taste as good as Hamburger Helper with fresh ground beef. The seasoning is spot on and the sodium content fits with the typical American diet which tastes good and helps you retain water. This is good in a survival situation. It's bad for people with heart failure, but it's really good for healthy people that are starving and have limited water supplies. Skeptical that I know what I'm talking about? I'm a molecular biologist and a board certified sub-specialist medical doctor trained at University of Washington, UC Irvine and Stanford (you can Google me). The "per serving" numbers are rubbish. It says each packet is ~2.5 servings of food at ~220 calories each. Think of it this way: 3 square meals means eating 1 bag for breakfast lunch and dinner each day, so the 12 packets in this bucket is 4 days worth of food. That will provide you with 1700 calories per day, of which 19.2% comes from protein, 25.6% from fat and 55.2% from carbohydrate. This is also pretty much ideal in a survival situation. With that said, if you are the typical mild to moderately overweight American, I would recommend eating half of that amount each day, "just in case," so that you don't starve after eating all your rations. The bucket has 6,800 calories total of which 1,795 are from fat. In my opinion, this is a HIGHLY recommended product."

"I tried one of the meals as practice and was surprised at the quality and good taste."

YouTube Videos

The following YouTube video compares the Mountain House Classic Assortment and Essential Assortment Buckets.

Mountain House Buckets Product Review

The following YouTube video is a review of the Mountain House Just in Case Bucket Breakfast Assortment

Mountain House Just in Case Bucket Breakfast Assortment

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