Mountain House musings

I hate that every time I find a product I like, it gets discontinued. Such is the case with one Mountain House’s recently introduced goodies. A while back , the sales department sent me some of their newer offerings. One of them was Italian Style Pepper Steak with Rice and Tomatoes. Darn good, I tell ya. So, I figured I’d get around to ordering a case or two of the #10 cans of the stuff. Sold out. Truth be told, the pouches are rated for seven years but, in the real world, they last a lot longer if you store ’em in a safe place. I may have to order a couple cases to round things out.

It occurs to me that I have quite a few samples of MH’s stuff laying around so I may as well do some reviews of it. Have to get on that this weekend. BUT…the pepper steak? Good eats,  man.

Food is that one consumable that, other than water and oxygen, you pretty much have to have on hand if youre going to survive whatever apocalypse you’re expecting. I mean, lotsa people make it though hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and economic crises without firing a shot … but no one goes through them without eating.

MH has added a buncha new foods since I last stocked up. (A quick perusal shows that the last group buy was around….2008?) I wonder if it’s time to try and coordinate another one? They are tremendous pains in the ass to put together, but the discounts are usually worth it. I’ll have to give it some thought. Usually it takes a commitment of about $3500 to get the free freight…which is a big deal because getting a couple pallets trucked over from Oregon is about $350 all by itself. But..getting enough people to commit to buying enough food to reach that minimum, collecting money, repackaging and reshipping…man, thats some work.

In a perfect world I’d simply order $3500 worth of food for myself, tuck it away, and cross ‘food’ off my list. But…it’s going to be a while before I have that kinda disposable income.

5 thoughts on “Mountain House musings

  1. Keep us posted if you end up doing it. If I’m able to dig myself out of the hole I’m in perhaps ill be able to take advange of jumping in on this this time.

    • We’ll see…its a ton of work. If I did it I’d have to set some rules like ‘whole cases only’ or ‘minimum order $250’ or something like that just to keep it manageable.

  2. I’m going to guess MH would prefer to ship whole pallet loads, which, strapped and wrapped, is probably 63 cases (9 layers, seven 6-can cases per layer, 76″ total height, on a standard 48X40 pallet) as an LTL load, and that all the cases are uniform (no mixing of cans in a case). I’d also think such an order would graner substantial quantity discounts from MH.

    If one has a fork lift, or can specify curbside with a lift gate truck, that’s the cheapest shipping (one may need a pallet jack, but some curbsides may come with one on the truck, important point to check). But it’s to the original destination, and breaking the pallet down and re-shipping smaller lots of cases is where the shipping costs become prohibitive.

    For east coasters, MH often uses one of Amazon’s Hebron, KY warehouses as a ship-from point, but I suspect full pallet-loads aren’t available via that path.

  3. Commander, the MH Pepper Steak is still available at Amazon at $28.95 a #10 can, also in various pouch configurations, if you want to grab some before it all dries up. And free Prime shipping for those who have Prime.

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