What type of meals do you offer?

Mountain House makes high-quality, freeze-dried meals. Just add water and in ten minutes or less you’ll have a hot meal for on the trail, on-the-go, or in times of emergency. We’ve been cooking up dependable and delicious meals since 1969.

What are Adventure Meals™?

Mountain House Adventure Meals™ are full-size meal pouches that are perfect for outdoor adventures. Adventure Meals™ are lightweight and portable, with homestyle meals that are packed with nutrients and full flavors for a satisfying hot meal anywhere.

What are Just in Case...® Meals?

Mountain House emergency meals have the longest proven shelf life of 30 years. Our Just in Case...® line includes our trusted just-add-water, freeze-dried meals for emergency planning. With #10 cans, assorted meal buckets, and multi-day kits, stocking up for "just in case" is simple.

What is Simple Sensations?

Simple Sensations is all the reliable goodness of Mountain House freeze-dried meals, made for healthy eaters who need a quick meal on-the-go or at the office. Add water directly to the pouch, or heat in the microwave. No artificial flavors or colors. Just whole, clean ingredients and a fast food option you can feel good about. Learn more here.

How do you prepare Mountain House meals?

All Mountain House meals are pre-cooked, so the flavors are fully locked in. All you need to do is add water! Just open the pouch or #10 can, remove the oxygen absorber, add the correct amount of boiling water (individual meals vary, so please refer to package directions), stir, then seal. In 10 minutes or less your meal will be steaming hot and ready to savor! In a pinch you can use cold water, just give it about twice as long to re-hydrate.

Don’t have 10 minutes? With Simple Sensations, you can have a delicious meal ready in just two. Open the pouch, remove the freshness packet, add pouch contents plus water to a microwave safe bowl, then in 2 minutes, dig in!

Novelties like our Ice Cream are ready to eat...just open the pouch and enjoy.

How do you store Mountain House freeze-dried meals?

Store Mountain House food under dry, sanitary conditions, without prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures and avoiding any environment that could cause damage to the packaging, such as punctures, dents, or rust.

To maximize shelf life, store food unopened and avoid prolonged exposure to temperatures above 75°F (24°C). Follow these storage tips and you'll have emergency food when you need it.

After opening, we recommend using any dry contents within one week for best results and taste. For our Just in Case...®#10 cans, use the convenient resealable plastic lid between uses. After hydration, treat any leftover food as you would fresh food. It's real food!

Do #10 cans contain individual servings?

Food packaged in our #10 cans are loose, not individually packaged. They make an average of 10 cups of food and are perfect for feeding large groups. You can measure out the amount of food you'd like to prepare or prepare the entire can at once by just adding water.

What is the difference between the Pro-Pak® and Standard Adventure Meal™ Pouches?

We’ve reformulated and repackaged our 2020 Pro-Pak® line to align with military specifications for Meals Cold Weather (MCW). Our new Pro-Paks contain one serving, have higher protein, and focused calories than our Standard Adventure Meal™ Pouches. These Pro-Paks can be identified by a red Pro-Pak® badge on the front of the pouch and have the same 30-year shelf life from date of manufacture as Adventure Meal™ pouches, with the exception of ice cream products.

Previous to this, the difference between our Pro-Paks and Standard Adventure Meal™ Pouches were that Pro-Paks generally held slightly less food, but this varied from recipe to recipe. These older Pro-Paks® were also vacuum packed to prevent expansion at high altitude and to be as compact as possible. Our previous vacuum sealed Pro-Paks also had a 30-year shelf life from date of manufacture.

Do you process peanuts or tree nuts in your facility?

Nope. Our facility is a nut free facility with the exception of coconut.

What is the shelf life of your foods?

Our meals in our Adventure Meal™ pouches, Pro-Pak®, Just In Case…® kits and cans all have a freeze-dried, emergency food industry-leading guaranteed shelf life and Taste Guarantee of 30 years from the date of manufacture. The only exceptions to these product lines are our novelty items (like our ice cream) which have a 3-year shelf life.

Our military MCWs also have a 3-year shelf life from date of manufacture. Simple Sensations products have a 30-month shelf life.

What happens after the shelf life has passed?

The food doesn’t “go bad” after the shelf life, but the quality will start to diminish. You may notice a slight change in flavor or texture, but we've eaten food from both our Adventure Meal™ pouches and Just in Case...® cans that were over 30 years old and were still tasty!

What is the shelf life of the Greek yogurt smoothies?

Our Greek yogurt smoothies have a two year shelf life from the date of manufacture. The "Best By" date can be found stamped on the top of the lid and underneath this date, you'll find the Julian date (date of manufacture). The Julian date is a five digit code. The first two digits represent the year, and the next three the day of the year the product was made.

How does the shelf life of Mountain House pouches compare to other brands?

We know of no other pouch on the market with Mountain House's 30-year proven shelf life. It's important to note that we use a strict definition of "shelf life", namely that our food will still taste good, even at the end of its stated shelf life!

We're so confident that Mountain House pouches will stand the test of time that we've instituted the industry's only 30-year Taste Guarantee.

What if I forget to remove the oxygen absorber before I add the water?

Don't worry! Your food is still good. Just remove the absorber and discard when you notice it.

Is the inner ice cream paper pouch supposed to have a slit?

Yes! The slit in the inner ice cream pouch is needed as an aid in the freeze drying process.

How do I know what the "Best By" date is for the Mountain House Just in Case...® & Adventure Meal™ pouches I have in storage?

Great question! We have updated the shelf life on our foods several times over the years because we found the 'Best Used By' printed on our pouches was too conservative. This is why, based on real-world testing, we've moved to a 30-year shelf life on meals in our cans and pouches (excluding novelty items and MCWs). To learn more about our shelf life, click here.

To determine the new shelf life of your old Mountain House pouches and cans, you'll need to locate the actual manufacturing date. Add 30 years to the manufactured date to get the new shelf life.

Click here for a guide to help you out!

What are Mountain House Smoothies?

Our new smoothies are made with wholesome Greek yogurt, real fruits and vegetables, and complementary spice blends for healthy, on-the-go nutrition. No artificial flavors. No added sweeteners. Just add cold water, and shake! Mountain House Smoothies are currently available in two flavors: Triple Berry and Tropical.

What do I need to make a Mountain House Smoothie?

All that is needed is cold water. However, you could use any milk variety, or kefir, kombucha, coconut water, or other liquids.

What are the health and performance benefits of Mountain House Smoothies?

Mountain House Smoothies have been formulated to provide the right mix of healthy protein, carbs, electrolytes, vitamins, and macronutrients that support the muscles and gut in reducing stress and inflammation. That means faster recovery from physical exertion, and fuel to keep going strong.

Are there Probiotics in Mountain House Smoothies?

Yes. There are 5 strains of healthy probiotics: Bifidus, S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, and L. Casei.

Health benefits of strains from established studies include:

  • L. bifidus – boost immune system, improve digestion
  • S. thermophilus – enhance immunity, improve digestion
  • L. bulgaricus – recovery from antibiotic therapy, role in managing hay fever (alleric rhinitis).
  • L. acidophilus – prevent or reduce gut issues due to stress, improve symptoms of IBS
  • L. casei – restore gut health due to stress

What is the sources of protein and carbohydrates in Mountain House Smoothies?

The primary protein source is from the Greek yogurt. Other protein comes from the fruits and vegetables, such as banana, kale, flax, beets, and tart cherry. The fruits and vegetables are the primary source of carbohydrates, with the Greek yogurt contributing as well.

Is there whey protein in Mountain House Smoothies?

There is no added whey protein, however, the milk protein in the Greek Yogurt contains a whey protein that is naturally occurring in milk.

Which enzymes are in Mountain House Smoothies?

Our smoothies are made with whole food ingredients, which naturally contain many different healthy enzymes. For example, we use 100% pure coconut water, which contains catalase and other enzymes. We also use 100% banana puree, which contains maltase and amylase. Other ingredients, like ginger and yogurt, also contain enzymes.

Do you have a vegan or lactose-free smoothie option?

Not yet. It’s our desire to offer a lactose-free smoothie that offers a similar nutritional profile.

Are Mountain House Smoothies NSF Certified?

NSF is a certification that is focused on supplements, not food items, which is what our Smoothies are. Our Greek Yogurt Smoothies are not a supplement. As a food manufacturer, we seek and achieve other certifications that demonstrate our commitment to rigorous standards that prevent cross contamination and ensure the highest quality. Our manufacturing facilities are certified SQF, an industry benchmark for quality and food safety. Learn more at www.SQFI.com.

Are Mountain House Smoothies gluten free?

Yes! Mountain House Smoothies are Gluten-Free Certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

Can I place a phone order?

Mountain House is only able to accept orders through our website with a credit card payment. Mail-in orders are accepted. To request an order form, please click here to send us an email.

Do you ship outside the United States?

We do not ship outside the United States due to import regulations on meat and poultry products. To purchase Mountain house in Canada, please click here.

Will I receive tracking information?

You betcha! As soon as your order ships, you'll receive an email notification directly from UPS.

How do I check the status of my order?

Email one of our friendly Customer Service reps at info@mountainhouse.com. Be sure to include your order number if you can!

Will my personal information be sold to mailing lists?

Information about our customers is an important part of our business. The only information we collect is what you submit to us and is used only by Mountain House for our own marketing and research purposes. We are not in the business of selling the information we collect to others.

Do you offer free shipping?

Yes! We offer free shipping on all orders of $99 or more. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on all promotions!

Can you ship to an APO address?

Yes we can ship to APO addresses. We ship all APO orders through the United States Postal Service. When entering the ship to address leave the State/Province field "Select" and in the Other State/Province field enter APO or FPO. You will be contacted by a customer service rep regarding the freight amount prior to your order being shipped.

When can I expect to receive my order once I have placed the order?

All orders placed on our website Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, will be shipped within two business days. All orders will be shipped via UPS Ground (except APO address) unless you have requested faster freight. Your order should arrive 7-10 days once it has been shipped. Please note at times shipment may be delayed due to inclement weather, holidays, or an increased volume of orders. Payments will be processed when your order ships, with the exception of orders paid via PayPal.

If I request a faster freight method, what does that mean?

Your order will still be shipped 2 business days after you place it. Then we will ship it via the freight method you requested. For example, if you request 3-day air, your order will arrive in 5 business days. Normal ground shipping will take between 7-10 days to arrive.

What is your return policy?

Mountain House's return policy is no returns on food items unless the product is damaged or defective. If you have a damaged or defective item, please email info@mountainhouse.com or give us a call at 1-800-547-0244.