Mountain House Freeze Dried Food boasts some of the largest shelf lives in the food storage arena. However, the length of time it stores varies by the package type.
Mountain House Freeze Dried comes in several types of packaging:
- Regular Pouches
- Pro Pak Pouches
- #10 Cans
Regular Pouches from Mountain House generally have a 7 year shelf life. However, not all pouched freeze dried food stores for the same amount of time. Freeze dried ice cream and organic fruit products have a shelf life of 2 years. All other Mountain House freeze dried food pouches have a shelf life of 7 years.
Pro Paks are another type of Mountain House freeze dried food pouch. These pouches also have a 7 year shelf life, but they are a special case. Pro Pak pouches are a special type of foil packaging that comes completely vacuumed sealed for ultra compact storage. In addition, they are made to not expand when hiking or camping in higher elevations. Each pouch takes up less space in your backpack, boat, rv, emergency pack, or car, and they feature a convenient stand up zipper foil pouch for simple and easy rehydration and eating.
Regular pouches and Pro Pak pouches don’t have to be used on a backpacking or camping trip. They also fit well in a family food storage pantry. The benefits for backpackers also apply to food storage enthusiasts. Compact, lightweight freeze dried food storage in a pouch.
Mountain House freeze dried food in #10 cans are packed airtight and have a 25 year shelf life. Testing has shown that the shelf life actually exceeds 30 years. The interior and exterior of these cans are coated with protective enamel for double protection. Mountain House’s canning process is equal to military standards, and uses vacuum oxygen removal and nitrogen flushing.
In all cases, you should treat any rehydrated food as you would fresh food.