Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

mountain house chicken teriyaki with rice 2.5 serving pouch
Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice
Today, I am reviewing the Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice 2.5 serving pouch. I picked this one up at my local Bass Pro a while back for somewhere round $10.00 or so. You can pick these up on Amazon for less, but I was on the way out of town for a fishing and camping trip and needed a few extras.

Lots of folks complain about the cost of these freeze dried meals. A burger, fries, and a drink from the place down the street comes close that $10.00 mark.

Optionally, you could stuff a few heavy cans of something for each and every meal and get away for a few bucks less I suppose!?

My thoughts are that this is just a much better option! Empty Mountain House food pouches just fold up and take very little space. I can put my empty food pouches into a large zip lock bag, — no mess.

Be sure to check out the Best Freeze Dried Food FAQ for more tips.

When I think about the big picture, the convenience of having a lighter load, less volume, a smaller backpack, I am going with what I know works!

For what I do, the best freeze dried food for camping and just-in-case meals must be convenient, easy to prepare, and last a long time.

You can also find the chicken teriyaki with rice in a 2 serving pouch, the “Pro-Pak.” I opt for the one with the extra half a serving. It seems like I am always have a heartier appetite when I am outdoors doing stuff.

Preparation and Tips

The package directions on the back of the Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice recommends adding 2 cups boiling water. I think this is a bit too much. I start with about 1 3/4 cup or 14 ounces from my water bottle into my metal camping mug for boiling.

I can always add a tad bit more if needed, but usually I don’t need to.

I do recommend that you try this at home first using the very same equipment used when out camping. Why? It is better to figure out and work through any problems at home first.

With any of these Mountain House products, the optional stirring at the 4 minute mark is recommended to ensure everything gets mixed well. I also recommend letting the pouch sit a minute or 3 longer than the package directions call for. Doing so will help ensure everything is evenly rehydrated.

Taste and Texture

mountain house chicken teriyaki with rice bowl
Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice bowl
Having a long handled spoon helps to keep your hands clean and out of the bag.

Check out my review of the Optimus long handled spoon here.

Overall, the taste is pretty good, I think it tastes like chicken teriyaki should! It might not be quite like what you get from the takeout place from down the street, but I am guessing they don’t deliver out in the middle of the woods either!

I would say that this could use a bit more chicken and veggies added to the mix, but that is my preference. The bamboo shoots are pretty tasty, I would like to see more those also.

I like my food a bit more on the spicy side, so bringing along some extra soy sauce or hot sauce condiment packets is always in the plan. Some crushed red pepper flakes would also be a good addition.

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Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice Review Rating

camping along the river
Camping along the river
No complaints with this one. In my view, this is a keeper! Consider picking one up to try out in your backyard. I usually have an assortment of Mountain House freeze dried meals in my camping supply box so I am prepared for the next trip.

Because I think that it could use a bit more chicken and veggies, I am going with giving this one a rating of 4.5 stars.
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Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with rice pouch

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice is another downright tasty freeze dried food item for your backpack or emergency food stash! This 2.5 serving pouch is the topic of today’s review.

This freeze dried meal is a worthy addition to your camping supply closet, bug out bag, the trunk of your car, or wherever you might need an emergency meal. As with all of the Mountain House products, the sweet and sour pork with rice is easy to whip

The 2.5 serving pouch makes about 2 1/2 cups of delicious sweet and sour pork with rice. I think 2.5 cups is about right for one-person meal during a day spent on outdoor adventures.

Of course, you could always share some with your camping friends. If everyone brings a different freeze dried meal it could be sort of a family style camping dinner! Trying a bit of everything!

Preparation and Tips

The package directions on the back of the Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice recommends adding 2 cups of boiling water. I think you will find that this is just about the right amount of water.

If this is your first experience with this particular freeze dried meal, consider making it at home using the very same camping equipment used out on the trail. I always recommend doing this because you will quickly figure out what works out best.

Consider the optional stirring after about 4 minutes as noted on the package directions. I never have problems with dry pockets of food when I do this and neither should you. A long handled spoon, such as the one reviewed here will keep your hands a bit cleaner and out of the food pouch.

The package directions on the 2.5 serving pouch recommends 8 to 9 minutes for rehydration. I always let mine sit a few minutes longer to make sure everything gets a chance to absorb all of that hot water. Then give it a good stir before digging in.

Taste and Texture

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice bowl
Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice bowl
I like to eat this right out of the bag. Some folks might like making this into a wrap using tortillas to stretch it a bit further.

The first time I ever had the freeze dried sweet and sour pork with rice, I was really surprised at how good it was. You can really taste the pieces of pineapple.

You will also get some red and green peppers. They add a bit of color but I never can taste them. If I had my way, I would add some red and green jalapenos to the mix instead! Sometimes I will bring a few in a small plastic container.

I think a bit of soy sauce will take this up a notch, sort of a back country umami experience! Consider bringing a few packets from your stash of those extra fast food condiments you have picked up along the way.

The texture of the rice is just like all of the other Mountain House products that have rice. It is not mushy, nor is it like the rice from the take out place down the street.

Overall, this is another downright tasty addition to the camping food pantry, --that also doubles as my emergency food stash. Having a few weeks of emergency food on hand just makes good sense! Stuff happens, just watch the news.

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Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice Review Rating

Hiking along the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area
Hiking along the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area
This is another favorite of mine and I think it will be one of yours as well! Besides the freeze dried convenience, the Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice is just a downright tasty food option for any of your outdoor adventures.

I am giving this one a 5 star rating. I think you will agree, this one is a real keeper! Pick up one of these Mountain House freeze dried meals and try it out!
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Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Review

mountain house breakfast skillet
Mountain House Breakfast Skillet

The Mountain House Breakfast Skillet is another freeze dried multipurpose mealtime idea for your next camping adventure. Today I am reviewing the 2-serving pouch that I picked up several months ago.

This 2 serving pouch makes about 2 cups of food if you follow the package directions. In practice, I get a bit less than that, read on and see why!

Opening the pouch, you will see not only a good amount of hash browns, but you will see chunks of eggs, pork sausage, onions and peppers. I think that Mountain House should add some freeze dried jalapenos to the mix, but that is just my own opinion!

In this particular package, I had to hunt around for the oxygen absorber packet. It must have settled to the bottom during shipping or when it was stored away in my emergency food pantry.

While taste and texture certainly ranks at the top of the list of what I am looking for. Convenience and ease of preparation is something we don’t always think about, –you know, the overall practicality of freeze dried food.

Preparation and Tips

Hazel Creek Falls hike, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Hazel Creek Falls hike, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

If this is your first experience with the Mountain House Breakfast Skillet, consider making it at home using the very same camping equipment used out on the trail. I always recommend doing this. You will figure out what works and doesn’t.

A good number of Amazon customer reviews suggest adding less water than the package contents direct. I agree, if you are trying the 2 serving pouch, try adding 1 1/4 cups of boiling water instead of the 1 1/2 cups the directions call for.

You can always add a bit more water if that is your preference, but you can’t take it out afterwards. Making this at home before you hit the trail lets you adjust the end result to your liking.

Consider the optional stir as noted on the package directions. I never have problems with dry pockets of food when I do this and neither should you.

The 2 serving pouch recommends 8 to 9 minutes for rehydration. I always let mine sit a few minutes longer to make sure everything gets a chance to absorb that hot water.

Some mealtime options to consider, –the Mountain House Breakfast Skillet makes for some awesome breakfast burritos!

You might add some salsa or hot sauce packets to the mix as well. I always pack along a number of the single serving hot sauce packets I get from the fast food places. Adding some crush red pepper flakes will take this up a notch as well. Basically, just add what you like.

Yes, I do add my own pickled jalapenos to the mix.

Taste and Texture

Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Bowl
Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Bowl

Whether you scoop this out of the pouch or whip up a batch of breakfast, lunch, or dinnertime burritos, I think you will find this a worthy addition to your menu.

I think this tastes like a breakfast skillet should. When I add less water, the texture is spot on. No, its not going to look or taste exactly like that diner down the street or like what you might whip up at home. But, it does taste pretty darned good as you watch the sun rise over the trees out on the trail!

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The Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Review Rating

This is another favorite of mine and I think it will be one of yours as well. Besides the freeze dried convenience, the Mountain House Breakfast Skillet is just a downright tasty option for any meal.

I am giving this one a 5 star rating. Pick up one of these and try it out, I think you will agree!
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Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice Review

mountain house chicken fried rice
Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice
The Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice is this week’s product review here on The Best Freeze Dried Food Guide website. This is some good eats straight from the pouch or as a canvas for jazzing it up anyway you please!

One of the reasons we all like freeze dried food is that it provides variety to the otherwise same old boring thing that a lot of folks seem to always bring on their outdoor adventures. You know what I am talking about, — a heavy can or two of pasta or beef stew, or maybe a few packages of ramen. And that is just for one meal. Consider doing that for 3 or 4 meals per day. That adds up to some serious backpack weight. A few miles down the trail and you just might reconsider that decision.

Like a lot of folks, I am very conscious about the weight of my pack and what I put into it! My solution? Freeze dried food pouches!

Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice is a heck of a nice alternative to lugging along those heavy cans or having a big mug of ramen that doesn’t stick around with me all that long. At the end of the journey, those empty freeze dried food pouches are easy enough to pack out, unlike a pile of those messy and bulky empty cans.

Preparation and Tips

camp hoover, Shenandoah National Park
Camp Hoover, Shenandoah National Park
I really like the Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice not only for its taste, but is versatility. You can easily jazz this up anyway you want. Want it Indian style, add some curry. In the mood for a southwest experience, add some Mexican spices and a few packets of salsa!

I think that Mountain House is spot on for the amount of water called for in the directions on the package. So nothing special here to remember! This 2.5 serving pouch makes about 2 1/2 cups of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, just enough for one hungry camper in my opinion.

fishing near camp hoover, Shenandoah National Park
Fishing near Camp Hoover, Shenandoah National Park
My recommendation, if you’re trying this for the first time, make this at home before trying it on the trail someplace. Use the very same camp stove and cookware to see what works and what doesn’t.

Be sure to check out the Best Freeze Dried Food FAQ for more tips.

With most Mountain House freeze dried food products, I recommend the optional stirring half way through. Also let these sit and rehydrate a bit longer than what is on the package directions.

Taste and Texture

mountain house chicken fried rice
Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice
Some Amazon customer reviewers thought that the taste was fairly generic. My belief is that anywhere you go, any restaurant, any prepackaged meal, is created for that generic taste preference, — what most people seem to prefer.

When I open the pouch there is a good mix of peas, carrots, peppers, eggs, chicken, and mushrooms mixed in. My own preference would be to have just a bit more chicken, but that might just be me?

This rice is just like the rice in other Mountain House freeze dried food offerings. It is not mushy or overcooked, nor is this like the fried rice from the takeout place down you go down the street. Some Amazon reviews commented that this is more like a risotto and I would tend to agree with that account.

When eating this from the pouch, consider adding a few packets of soy sauce for some of that added “umami” experience.

The Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice also makes a good filling for breakfast tortillas. Add a bit of hot sauce and a packet or two of crushed red pepper flakes, — yum!

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The Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice Review Rating

I think that the folks over at Mountain House hit another one out of the park with their Chicken Fried Rice. In my opinion, this 2.5 serving pouch is enough for one hungry hiker.

Nearly 200 Amazon customer reviews agree that this is some pretty good eats when you’re outside doing stuff. So I am giving this my best freeze dried food rating of 5 out of 5. Don’t forget to pack along some of those optional condiment packets to bring this to the next level.

With the 10 plus year shelf life, the Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice also makes a good addition to the emergency rations in your survival pantry or emergency food stash.
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Mountain House Rice and Chicken Review

mountain house rice and chicken
Mountain House Rice and Chicken

The Mountain House Rice and Chicken freeze dried food pouch, in the 3 serving size is the topic of this review. Amazon also has the Pro-Pak 2 serving size and the #10 can which contains about 10 servings. You can sometimes find single serving pouches at the big-box stores for somewhere around $5.00.

The 3 serving pouch weighed in at just under 6 1/2 ounces on my kitchen scale, –pretty close to what the printed package weight stated.

This particular Mountain House Rice and Chicken pouch had two oxygen absorbers. This sometimes happens! The packaging says if you forget to them remove prior to adding water, it is no big deal. Just scoop it out of the pouch.

Tip: I carry a big zip top plastic bag to store the empty food pouches. This method works pretty good for me, keeping any mess off away from everything else.

Be sure to check out the Best Freeze Dried Food FAQ for more tips.

Preparation and Tips

south river falls, Shenandoah national park Virginia
South River Falls, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This 3 serving version of the Mountain House Rice and Chicken freeze dried calls for 2 cups of water. I think this is about right. Some Amazon reviewers suggested less water.I always recommend that when trying something new that you first try it at home. Use the very same camp kitchen equipment that you would have at your campsite. There is nothing like “doing” to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. So to echo what Amelia Earhart said, “The best way to do it is to do it!”

You can start with a bit less water and add a bit more hot water later if you want to try that.

The optional stir mid way through is also recommended. You are ensuring that all of the food gets mixed around so you lessen the chance of having a dry pockets of crunchy dehydrated food bits. A long handled spoon or a chopstick works well for this.

Check out my review of the Optimus long handled spoon here.

I made this on a cooler fall day with the temperature was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. After I added the boiling water, I wrapped up the pouch in my beanie hat to keep it from cooling down too fast. The water for this meal came straight from my water filter, just a bit downstream of the South River Falls in the Shenandoah National Park.

Taste and Texture

mountain house rice and chicken bowl
Mountain House rice and chicken bowl

When made according to directions, the optional stir, everything rehydrated evenly, no crunchy pieces and not watery or soupy. The rice had a nice texture that reminded me of that rice you get at the take out place down the street. It wasn’t soft or mushy.

There was some nice specks of pimento peppers for added visual appeal.

My only “beef” with this meal is that there isn’t a lot of chicken. When I have of these Mountain House Rice and Chicken freeze dried food pouches, I always think that I should have brought along a small can of chicken to doctor it up a bit.

Adding some crushed red pepper flakes does take this up a notch or two in my opinion.

Overall, I say that this is a pretty tasty, camping and doing stuff outside, fill me up lunch or dinner!

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Mountain House Rice and Chicken Review Rating

I agree with most of the nearly 500 customer reviews that this is another tasty dinner item. My chief complaint is that there is not enough chicken. But that could be why this is called Mountain House Rice and Chicken and not Mountain House Chicken and Rice. So my best freeze dried food guide rating comes in at a 4.5 for this product review.
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Mountain House Lasagna With Meat Sauce Review

mountain house lasagna with meat sauce
Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
This review is on the Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce 2.5 serving pouch. It was part of an order a while back from Amazon, even got free shipping, --on Amazon Prime for only $6.99.

Mountain House offers 3 other sizes of their freeze dried lasagna on Amazon, the pro-pak at 2 servings, the family size at 5 servings, and a #10 can at 10 servings. Each serving come in at about 1 cup of rehydrated food.

In my opinion, I think that this Mountain House freeze dried lasagna with meat sauce is another top contender in my unofficial “camping comfort food” category.

Preparation and Tips

Lots of Amazon customer reviews recommend adding a bit less water than what the package directions call for. I agree with these comments and find that the recommended amount makes for a loose and somewhat soupy mix. You can always add a bit more hot water if you want, but you can’t take it out once it’s in there!

As always, I recommend the optional stirring of the contents mid-way though. You might consider using a chopstick, they come 2 to a package and weigh nearly nothing. Optionally, a long handled spoon like the one I reviewed here really helps keep the hands clean when digging around that pouch when you get towards the bottom.

Let the pouch sit for a bit longer than the 8 to 9 minutes as described on the back of the package. Doing so will make sure that all of the noodles are rehydrated, --nothing crunchy remaining.

Taste and Texture

I think this stuff tastes pretty darned good. It tastes a lot better than the canned stuff, and better than some restaurant versions.

When prepared as I have described, the overall consistency is like that popular Hamburger Helper version. There are nice bits of hamburger and tomato pieces, and the noodles are not overdone.

The cheese is stringy as it should be in a lasagna. Just a note that it will harden up making a difficult clean up if you’re not quick on the cleanup. Leave the spork in the backpack and use a spoon for an easier time of it.

But, as usual, I just about always doctor up everything with a bit of added hot sauce and crushed red chili flakes. Some extra Italian seasoning wouldn’t hurt either.

along the pocosin mission trail
Along the Pocosin Mission Trail, Virginia
When I am outdoors doing stuff it seems like I lean towards the bigger bolder flavors.

The only thing I could use would be a nice big piece of freeze dried garlic bread to go with this! Hear that Mountain House? Another great product idea and tip from the “Best Freeze Dried Food Guide” website!

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Bottom Line Review

It is hard to find something not to like about this meal. The taste is good, the texture for this lasagna is what I think it should be, --camping comfort food. I get the 2.5 serving packages, and it’s just the right amount for one person. The pouch is engineered to not have any hard to reach corners, so you can get all of those small bits and pieces, --leaving nothing left!

This is hands down way better than lugging along several of those heavy canned versions along in your backpack. The convenience of a freeze dried, easy to prepare, easy to manage food choice for me is well worth that seemingly extra cost. In other words, as my parents say, you get what you pay for!

So at $6.99 for the 2.5 serving pouch, I agree with the nearly 200 customer reviews and giving the Mountain House lasagna with meat sauce my own 5 star rating. Try some for on your next outdoor adventure, for your emergency bug out bag, or part of the survival stash in the trunk of your car.
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Mountain House Chili Mac With Beef

mountain house chili mac with beef
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef
I could probably eat, or rather gorge, on the Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef, just about every meal, 24/7 when out on some outdoor adventure. I think it is that good! This is camping comfort food.

There are lots of versions of this that I have made or eaten over the years in my own indoor kitchen. Back in the day, when I was working for Uncle Sam, –way back in the early 1980’s, I didn’t have a lot of extra cash, so making Chili Mac was an easy and inexpensive meal.

A few years ago, when I ran across this Mountain House version, I tossed it in the shopping cart without a second thought.

Shelf Life

A bit of time went by before trying it. No issues with that, Mountain House freeze dried meals pouches have a shelf life of 12 plus years. Actually, I know folks who have brought meals along on camping trips that are close to that “best by” date. They must have a really deep pantry! I have eaten Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwiches that are on a bit on the distant side of that “best by: date, but don’t tell the food police!

Taste And Texture

Back to the Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef, –once rehydrated, it does have a surprisingly beefy taste. The noodles, well they look like noodles should, and they are not over cooked and soggy. Over all, it looks about like that popular boxed Helper product that I ate quite a bit of.

I find that adding a bit of hot sauce and some red pepper flakes gives this that extra bit of flavor I am looking for. But that is my own preference.

Preparation And Tips

The back of the pouch directions recommend adding 2 cups of boiling water. Myself, and a good number of Amazon customer reviews recommend adding less, otherwise it gets a bit soupy. My suggestion is to try about 1 3/4 cups of water (14 ounces) and see how that works for you.

As always, I recommend that you practice cooking up a pouch of something new at home first. Be sure to use the very same stove and other campware kitchen tools that you pack along on your adventures.

Doing a practice run or two at home can help prevent that “aha” moment out in the field. You know, figuring out that this would be easier if I only had “this” or “that.”

I had an “aha” moment when I switched from bringing a tiny teakettle to using only my large stainless or titanium camping mug. I discovered I needed something to remove the mug from my backpacking stove, as the handles were too hot.

Another “aha” moment, my large Nalgene water bottle has graduations marked on the side. So I can get really close to that ideal 14 ounce, or 1 3/4 cup mark.

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Bottom Line Review

In my opinion, this Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef makes for some good downright tasty and filling doing stuff outside eating. I am giving it my own 5 star review for taste, texture, and ease of preparation. This is one freeze dried food pouch that most definitely has a place in my outdoor pantry.
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