Mountain House 30-Year Shelf Life

Mountain House 30-Year Shelf Life

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Longest Proven Shelf Life. Period.

Mountain House 30-Year Taste Guarantee

Mountain House 30-Year Shelf Life is backed up by our "Taste Guarantee" that we created to let you know that we stand behind our shelf-life promise. We guarantee your Mountain House meal, in our pouches or cans, will still taste good in 30 years!

We take pride in the shelf life of Mountain House freeze-dried foods. Our nearly 50-year history of using top-quality ingredients, the highest processing standards, and premium packaging materials allows for a shelf life that is unmatched.

And, our food doesn't sit in the warehouse forever either. This means when you buy your food from us, it will still have the longest proven shelf life in the freeze dried emergency food industry.

We are the only brand to fully cook our meals before freeze drying. We make our meals like you do at home, in a cookpot (granted ours is a tad bit bigger). This allows the flavors to mix just right like your meals do at home.

The rest is up to you: store 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.

Simply follow these common sense storage tips and you will have emergency food when you need it.

#10 Cans – 30-Year Shelf Life

Best Survival, Long Term Emergency Food On The Market

Specially packed in airtight #10 cans, Mountain House freeze-dried foods have the longest proven shelf life available. Period. We confidently claim a 30-year shelf life, because our testing has shown the shelf life exceeds 30 years! We've had independent studies performed on actual 30-year-old product stored under real-world conditions, which weren’t always ideal – not on newer product exposed to an accelerated-time environment in a laboratory. In addition, we've personally tasted cans that were 35 years old and still taste great!

Our canning process meets stringent U.S. Military (MilSpec) specifications. Your food is protected until you are ready to enjoy it.

After opening, we recommend using the dry contents within one week for best results and taste, using the convenient resealable plastic lid between uses.

After hydration, treat any leftover hydrated food as you would fresh food.

Pouches – 30-Year Shelf Life*

Based on our ongoing sensory and nutrition testing of actual Mountain House products, we’ve raised the shelf-life on our pouches to 30 years!

We recommend storing your pouches unopened and avoid prolonged exposure to temperatures above 75° (24°C) to maximize shelf life.

*Ice Cream products and Cheesecake Bites have a 2-year shelf life.

"Just in Case..."® Kits – 30-Year Shelf Life

Packed in sturdy, reusable buckets or compact kits, our "Just in Case..."® assortments are easy to store, easy to carry and have the same fantastic 30-year shelf life as our pouches and our #10 cans.

Perfect as part of your 72-hour, earthquake or emergency kit. We provide several different assortments to fit your family's needs.

Manufacture Date vs. “Best If Used By” vs. “Best By Dating”

The product manufacturing code appears on the back of Mountain House pouches and on the bottom of Mountain House cans. The date in the code represents the date on which the product was packaged.

Between January of 2001 and June of 2012, we printed "Best if Used By" dates on the back of each pouch. In the fall of 2012, to better reflect the results of our ongoing sensory and nutrition testing, we began printing "MFG mmm dd yyyy" codes on the back of each pouch.

Over the years, we’ve changed the way we’ve displayed when our meals were made on our packaging. To see when your food was made, reach out to us at The information we’ll need to help you can be found on the back of our pouches and on the bottom of our #10 Cans.

Mountain House Date of Manufacture
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It's Easy to See Why Mountain House Is the Smart Choice in Food Storage

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