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Food on the Shelf

Near Balmorrhea, TX — February 2012

Remember the Bad UPS Lady that was strowing my packages across LaSalle County, Texas a few weeks back?  Well, one of those packages was some  Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food from Nitro-Pak.com.  I emailed Nitro-Pak and told them my goods had not been delivered to my location as their records indicated and I did not know where the package was.  Immediately and without any excuses or third degree inquisition, they said a replacement package would be on its’ way.  BAM!  Just like that!  I emailed that nice lady back and told her to hold off;  that my packages had a way of showing up a few days after  the fact.

I got to thinking back that I had a similar experience with Nitro-Pak when our gate closed unexpectedly out at Balmorrhea.   I had another package enroute to the gate when we had to leave.  I emailed Nitro-Pak and they took care of re-routing the package.  No muss.  No  Fuss.

So why all this talk about Nitro-Pak anyhow?  I mentioned them in another post  as being one of our new sponsors and y’all deserve some sorta explanation as to how that came to be.  I don’t make a habit of talking positive about goods or services just because somebody or some company is paying out cash for the good words.  Sure, I get solicitations and offers to test out new products most every week.  Just this past week, I had some guy with some grand new product that promised to make the holding tanks on the Old Girl smell as sweet as the breath of a fat baby seek some exposure here on these pages.  Of course he would love that!  If you Google up ‘rv holding tank odor’   this blog comes back as a Top 5 listing.   So when he finally figured out I didn’t want free stuff he offered to pay for the endorsement.   My pat answer to those type deals is “You can’t afford it.”  LOL!  Well, that always gets their hackles up just a tad because it is sort of a backhanded slap and they always, always come back with ‘Try me, you might be surprised.’   My answer to him?  ‘The price for exposure/endorsement on the blog would be a verified $10,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.’   I figure if they are willing to pony up for that, I can figger out something good to say about ’em    —  If nothing other than they are supporting our wounded veterans.  I guess if you’re following my ramblings here you have about figured out for a product or service to get a positive endorsement from us it takes some doing.    You would be right on the money folks.   I don’t know what weight an endorsement from a raconteur and part-time pirate carries; guess you best figure that one out on your own.  It is what it is.

This chapter of mine and Miss K’s story unfolded along these lines.  If you have spent any time in a recreational vehicle, you know your own self that storage space is limited.  When you are an oil field gate guard the logistics get complicated.  We have been as much as half a day from a decent grocery store and it is hard to stock up when your freezer isn’t much bigger than a Post Office Flat Rate box.   Here lately, it worries me that there may come a time when those grocery shelves will not be as full as they have been in the past.  What it all comes down to is emergency preparedness and survival.  I was bound and determined to find some way to store some food in a limited amount of space that would see us through some tough times if need be.

Moon set – East of Cotulla, TX – September 2012

Freeze dried food seemed to be the solution.  It is light and compact and stores long term with minimal care.  MREs that the military uses are made out of freeze dried food.   I used my best Google Fu to try and figure out what the best freeze dried food was to buy and one brand was consistently at the top — Mountain House.  Last spring I decided it was time to get on the stick and I ordered a variety pak or a 72 hour pak or some such from Nitro-Pak.com. They seemed to have the best prices on the food and a fair shipping price. It didn’t cost all that much and I figured even if it tasted like wet newspaper I could choke it down if I was real damned hungry.

Those Mountain House Food folks got their act together.  They pack their goods either in resealable #10 cans or in pouches that contain 2 entrees.  I ordered mostly pouches for the trial run.  You just rip the top off that rascal, pour some boiling water in there and re-seal the pouch.  I shake it up real good and turn it upside down a few times and set it back to un-freeze dry for 10 minutes or so.  I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised!  The stuff is just danged good and they have a surprisingly good variety to choose from.  I turned My Bro on to the Mountain House as well.  He tends to be a bit more particular than I am.  His wife is a fan too.  Both of them are way more conscious of eating healthy than I will ever be.  My Bro says they will throw down on one of the entrees if they are after something quick to fix with no hassle on a pretty regular basis.  Miss Kathy is the picky eater of the family and while she does not like all of the entrees she has several favorites. Turkey tetrazinni and freeze dried ice cream top her list.

Over the past few months I have been stocking up on the Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food from Nitro-Pak.com as the budget and delivery availability allowed.   I caught a Black Friday sale last week and put in this order:

Item Sku Qty Subtotal
Mountain House Pouch – Spaghetti w/ Beef 2 Servings 53108 1 $5.16
Mountain House Pouch – Chicken ala King 2 Servings 53111 1 $6.54
Mountain House Pouch – Beef Stew 2 Servings 53114 1 $5.65
Mountain House Pouch – Beef Stroganoff 2 Servings 53119 1 $5.64
Mountain House Pouch – Lasagna w/ Beef 2 Servings 53127 1 $5.65
Mountain House Pouch – Chili Mac 2 Servings 53128 1 $5.16
Mountain House Pouch – Noodles and Chicken 2 Servings 53131 1 $5.65
Mountain House Pouch – Sweet and Sour Pork 2 Servings 53134 1 $6.54
Mountain House Pouch – Mexican Chicken w/Rice 53144 1 $5.97
Mountain House Pouch – Potatoes and Broccoli 2 Servings 53162 1 $4.68
Mountain House Pouch – Freeze Dried Chicken Breast w/ Mashed Potatoes 53170 2 $15.02
Mountain House Pouch – Scrambled Eggs with Bacon 53447 2 $8.56
Mountain House Pro-Pak – Hearty Stew w/ Beef 50114 2 $10.32
Mountain House Pro-Pak – Sweet & Sour Pork 50134 2 $10.32
Mountain House Pouch – Macaroni and Cheese 2 Serving 53158 1 $5.65

Let’s see if I can do some figuring here–

This order was $106 with free shipping; 19 packages times 2,naught from 4 is 4, carry the 1. Looks like the price per person per entree was $2.79. I can live with that. Really, I should have ordered more at those prices seeing as how you can’t hardly eat at McDonalds for $2.79.   I was just strapped at the time because I was trying to get something to stick down in the toe of Miss K’s Christmas stocking.  Oh well, Nitro-Pak is good about running sales on a pretty regular basis especially this time of year.

Gotta wrap this thing up —  Do these new folks pass the test?

  • American made products?   Yep
  • Outstanding quality?  Yep
  • Good value for the dollar?  Yep
  • Good customer service?  Yep
  • Any 80 percent is good enough shenanigans? Nope

Click the Nitro-Pak logo at the top left of this page and check  ’em out your self.

End Note: Life By the Drop by  Doyle Bramhall from the  Fitchburg Street cd.

 

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15 comments to Food on the Shelf

  • Joel

    Can you recommend a freeze-dried wine to pair with each of those?

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    • Andrew

      How about some wine in a box Joel?

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      • Joel

        It would be too bulky to store. But I guess the problem is reconstitution. You’d need 12% ethanol, not just water. Back to the lab . . .

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  • David

    Hi Andy,

    We started with a food insurance (http://www.foodinsurance.com/) “starter kit” to supplement our canned veggies and meats a little while back to hopefully make sure we didn’t leave something out. We saw the Black Friday sale you mentioned and will watch for their next sale. I have used both Mountain House and Backpacker Pantry meals for backpacking in the past.

    I posted this on the “Book of Face” shortly after the election: “The UN had election observers in our country this week. What if the UN decides they want to observe and enforce this treaty which O will sign? Blue helmets patrolling here?”

    The treaty I refer to is: (Reuters) – Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee’s call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade.

    Not meaning to get too far in to the realm of the Black Helicopters (or Flying Monkees?) but when you read that the Executive Branch’s National Police Force (Homeland Security) has purchased at least 450,000 hollow point bullets with some reports up to 1.5 Billion between DHS, Social Security, NOAA….. As they say in the Boy Scouts, Be Prepared.

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  • Joel

    LOL! Hilarious, David!

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  • Joel

    ” . . . some reports up to 1.5 Billion between DHS, Social Security, NOAA . . .”

    Yeah, along reports of porcine aviation.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/ssabullets.asp

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    • David

      From Investors Business Daily:

      “DHS is in the process of stockpiling more than 1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” plus a huge stash of 30-round high-capacity magazines. Incidentally, those are also known as “assault weapons”, but are not the limited single-fire per trigger-pull semi-automatic types that we civilians are currently allowed to own. By some estimates, that’s enough firepower to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq war.

      Then, to cap it off, we find out that DHS, through the U.S. Army Forces Command, recently purchased and retrofitted 2,717 Mine-Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles formerly used for counterinsurgency in Iraq. They are specifically designed to protect occupants from ambush attacks, incorporating bullet-proof windows designed to withstand small-arms fire, such as .223-caliber rifles.”

      Are the porcine aviators stretching their wings?

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      • David

        I’m sorry, quote was from Forbes.com, not Investors Business Daily.

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  • Kevin

    I to have been trying out some of the Mountain House food pouches and really have not found a bad one yet. One thing we like to do is instead of eating out of the pouch or a bowl, is when adding water to the food to rehydrate, is to add alittle less water so the food comes out a little drier and then spread it on a Tortilla Shell.

    It is right yummy then. Try it, you’ll like it.

    Now I think I will look for that freeze dried Wine!

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  • You can make wine at home with some reconstituted grapes. Some sugar and yeast a bit of tannin. Easy

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  • Joel

    Yeah, I’ve made my own wine before (it was pretty terrible), but it takes days and days. What I’m looking for is freeze-dried wine that can be reconstituted as fast as the freeze-dried food you guys are eating. Just a freeze-dried tempranillo to pair with the red meat dishes and a freeze-dried fume to pair with the white meat would be enough to get me through a rough patch. Or a freeze-dried pinot noir–that would pair with anything!

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  • Miss V

    How handy, just before the end of the world 12/21/2012 we become aware of a food supply for our pocky-lips pantry.

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  • Nora (Texas Cruiser)

    Couldn’t find any freeze dried wine but I did find a company that sells Wine (5 %) ice cream. It comes in several varieties including Riesling and Merlot. Brings dessert wines to a whole new level.

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  • Don’t wines get better with age? You should be stock piling and build a wine cellar. Geezzzzz

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  • Joel

    Guess that’s another question worth researching–do freeze-dried wines age the same way as regular wines?

    The biggest challenge: freeze-dried champagne.

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