INGREDIENTS: Enriched Macaroni (durum semolina, niacin, iron [ferrous sulfate], thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid), Dehydrated Cheddar Cheese Blend (cheddar cheese [milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, annatto], cream, salt, sodium phosphate, lactic acid, yellow no. 5 and yellow no. 6), Pasteurized Process American Cheese (American cheese [milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes], milkfat, sodium phosphate, salt, artificial color), Nonfat Dry Milk, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Oil, Salt, and Spice.
What Makes Mountain House Foods Different from other “Freeze-Dried” or Dehydrated Foods?
The biggest difference is that ONLY Mountain House prepares and cooks their freeze-dried foods with all or most of the food components and seasonings together, just like you would when cooking at home. Experts consider this superior because the fresh vegetables, meats, seasoning, and sauces simmer together. This provides a savory “just cooked” flavor. After cooking, the foods are quickly flash-frozen to around40° below zero. Finally, they place the food trays into a specially designed freezing-drying vacuum chamber where incredibly the foods go from the frozen stage to the dry "freeze-dried" stage without ever passing through the liquid stage. The result is that the foods look like fresh frozen except 98% of their moisture has been removed. This entire process is known as “sublimation”.
The Department of Homeland Security & the American Red Cross has recommended every family in America have a backup food reserve in case of natural disaster or terrorism. Mountain House freeze-dried foods are ideal to meet these recommendations. We offer several specially designed units to simplify your preparation. Think of your survival food reserves as an "Insurance Policy" you can eat. In today's uncertain world, it pays to be prepared one year to early than one day to late. Be safe… Be Prepared!
Mountain House packs their long storing foods in double enameled #10 cans to preserve the food's flavor, texture, color, and nutrients. To “double” ensure freshness and prevent the food from turning rancid, an oxygen absorber packet is placed in each can. (This product is not harmful to your health, but is not meant to be eaten. Simply discard after opening can).
Now in contrast, ALL other food companies use blends of dry powered mixes and seasonings then combine them with either dehydrated and/or freeze-dried ingredients. So is this bad? No, not at all. It’s simply a less expensive process to mixed dry components with a few freeze-dried items. Unfortunately, this means that most other brands of storage foods require hot boiling water and take much longer to reconstitute (10 to 60 minutes vs. 5 to 8 minutes for Mountain House).
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