Well, I finally struck paydirt in a lot of ways when I contacted Tomorrow's Harvest Food Storage a couple of months ago. Not only did they get back in contact with me they actually CALLED me to discuss Alaska's needs and wants for freeze dried food :). They have been working hard the last few months to get us shipping rates comparable with the Lower 48 for their food storage and think they finally have it nailed down (woohoo!). They are even talking about opening offices in Anchorage if the demand is here for freeze dried food! So, if you are into camping and hunting or are like me wanting to get a decent stockpile of #10 cans of things like freeze dried strawberries, green beans and some freeze dried meals, Tomorrow's Harvest Food Storage will hook you up. They'll help you do personalized orders too, all you have to do is e-mail them or call (the numbers and contact info is on their website).
Tomorrow's Harvest was nice enough to send me a sample of the products they carry. They sent me the Mountain House 72 Hour Meal Kit to try out some of their products in the Mountain House line. Mountain House meals are probably familiar to any of those of you who camp or hunt as pretty much every box store carries them in the camping section. Mountain House makes everything from freeze dried veggies, to entrees to deserts. You just tear open the package, follow the directions on how much boiling water to add and 9 minutes later you can eat the meal right out of the pouch. No fuss, no muss.
Over the last week my husband and I have split the different meals for dinner (and yes, one meal was enough for both of us to eat :). By FAR my favorite was the Beef Stroganoff. Honestly I could have eaten two of those meals by myself. I actually prefer the Mountain House version to the Hamburger Helper version (or really my home made version, but I'm not very good at making Stroganoff yet). The meat was chewy without being annoyingly so, the taste was right on and the noodles weren't crunchy, but not overly mushy either. My second favorite was the chicken and rice because I love flavored rice (it was chicken flavored) and I like my chicken meals, so combine those two things together and I'm a happy camper. Our least favorite meals were the breakfasts with the scrambled eggs. And no, it's nothing against the TASTE or texture of the meals...it's just that my husband and I are both not fans of scrambled eggs. I have had a lot of powdered eggs in my life though (we used to eat them when I was a kid) and I have to say the texture of the Mountain House is far superior to what I remember from the ones I had as a child (not at all grainy). I'd say that these meals would definitely comp any MRE I've ever eaten for taste, they weigh a lot less in your backpack and since they are freeze dried they keep pretty much forever without a lot of preservatives added to them.
Here's some information that Mountain House sent me on their other products and the process used to make them. Remember that when making a food storage stockpile that water is a necessary part of that storage by the way. Without water...well you're sort of up a creek if you need it let's put it that way.
"Freeze dried food storage overall does require less water than traditional food storage [wheat beans & rice...]
Freeze Dried foods: It's really simple; lets take strawberries for example. Tomorrow's Harvest only partners with American Farmers for ALL of our products! Our American strawberry farmer picks the strawberry from his farm, and delivers them to our freeze drying facility [we have 2 F/D facilities; West Coast/Midwest]. When the farmer delivers his product to one of our facilities we then flash freeze the strawberry [just like frozen strawberries @ the grocery store]. Our freeze dryers then remove the ice from the strawberry WITHOUT MELTING the ice, through a process called sublimation [thats the amazing part of freeze dryers].
Now you have a garden fresh strawberry without its natural waters. Natural waters do not any taste or nutrients- therefore the nutrients & taste are retained in the strawberry [all products]
These are the same strawberries you might have eaten in Kellogg's Smart Start cereal. In the mid 1930's Nestle invented the process of freeze drying, Tomorrow's Harvest facilities have been freeze drying for a combined 100+ years.
This same process is repeated with all of our freeze dried products, such as lasagna, beef stroganoff, fruits. vegetables, meats...etc. Our meals are made in the kitchen, flash frozen, sublimated and packaged in a #10 can."
If you'd like to check out their new spiffy online catalog you can do so HERE. I'm personally super excited about the new cool low shipping to Alaska and am waiting with baited breath for dividend time :).
Tomorrow's Harvest Food Storage was nice enough to not only send ME a 72 hour kit to try, but they are also giving me a kit to give away to one of you lucky people as well! The kit will contain...
Breakfast and Vegetables:
*Granola with Blueberries and Milk
*Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
*Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Peppers
*Garden Green Peas
*Whole Kernal Corn
*Cut Green Beans
Lunch and Dinner Entrees
*Chili Mac with Beef
*Rice and Chicken
*Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
This kit retails for over 50.00, so that's telling you how cool this giveaway is!
There are two ways to enter this giveaway. One: Leave a comment after this post on how you'd use your Mountain House Kit and please leave an e-mail where I can get in contact with you in the following format:
someone (at) somewhere (dot) com
unless you are on the blog regularly. And two: Go and Like Tomorrow's Harvest On Facebook (leave an additional comment to say you have done so).
This giveaway will go from today, February 19th to February 26th, 2011. On February 27th, I'll pick a winner via Random.org. The winner will then have till March 2nd to get back to me or I'll be forced to pick a new winner.
So all you hunters, campers, snow machiners, food storage fanatics and just people who'd like to eat like astronauts for a few days...this is a cool giveaway for you! This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the U.S., so go for it people! And good luck!