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Mountain house cans
All, did a little test on price and quantity of Mountain House meals in the large cans. Thought I would share the results in case someone else is interested.
So it started when I found a can of noodles and chicken at a local store for a decent price. I thought why not, but never got around to seeing how much cheaper it really was.
Here is the skinny...a regular 2.5 serving packet has about 2 1/4 cups.
You can pay around $9 for a single packet on the shelf. I buy them in a case from amazon or in the bucket and you pay about $6.30 each.
The can is $25 on amazon and has about 11 cups. I always find the 2.5 serving meals are just a little big for a sitting. So, I put 2 cups in each ziploc and just spread the last cup out and called it good.
That works out to $5 a meal. So.e savings and you also save a little weight without the foil pouch, but you have to bring a Tupperware or something to mix it in. Anyway, not a bad way to go. Ate one out of the ziploc this weekend and it worked fine.
You know your supposed to eat within like a week after opening the can right. Other down side is I can't eat the same meal five times in a row. I still can't stand to even smell the beef stew since I eat a whole can in like five meals in five days.
Yep. Doing lots of backpacking right now. Should have added the disclaimer not for long term use...
Buy some stand up boil-in bags off amazon.
Probably works best if you have a couple guys going out for a week or so. Easy to eat each meal 2 or 3 times. Save a few bucks.
Just don't do what I did and forget to bring a can opener. When I finally got the can open the word jagged would be an understatement. For the very minimal cost savings and the hassle of having to measure out portions, bring a bag to heat it in, etc, I've found its much easier to just buy the packets.
Did the same thing last Season, vacuum packed individual servings immediately after opening the can. When it was time to eat them, I would just pour them in an empty mountain house bag instead of ziplocks.
Worked well, no "Montezuma's Revenge"...
I’m not a fan of cans because I like a variety during my hunt so I never use a full can in one season. So the contents would be exposed to air/moisture whereas packets are protected and last for years. I suppose I could vac seal some but you’d have to add the cost and my time into the equation.