We’re relatively new to prepping and have never wanted to be that family with 10 years of freeze dried foods taking up 3 rooms of their house. That’s what new preppers see, and that’s what new preppers here from everyone else that you have to do. We want to be self-sustaining, but do realize that it isn’t realistic now. Having a few months of freeze dried foods would be really smart, just in case. We’ve eyeballed the food at local camping and supply stores, but either snickered that it had to be terrible or gaped at the huge expense. However, when we found a 4 pack of family meals for $20, we thought it would be a great time to put a box aside and try it out if we wanted. For $20, we can’t even feed our family a fast food meal at Chick Fil A anymore, and this was 8 portions which would easily feed us for a lark. One weekend evening when we were all home, and no one wanted to cook, the thought grabbed us – let’s try out that food! It was easy enough to do – Put some boiling water in each envelope (after you removed the O2 package), sealed for 10-15 min while it rehydrates and warms is all it takes. The only problem is that the food didn’t rehydrate at the same pace, so some took a good 20 min to be ready. No big deal, but it left us constantly guessing if it was going to be ready or not. Then we split up the servings so that everyone could have a taste. I took the Chili Mac first because I love the flavor of Tex Mex . Sadly, there was no flavor. The noodles were kind of gummy, there was no real ‘chili’ flavor at all, and I was wholly unimpressed. We tried a few of the other flavors and came upon the same thought – there really was no distinguishable flavor. They were pretty bland, very salty, and not something we’d WANT to eat everyday. I don’t know if the flavors of the meals were for the generic person who doesn’t like highly spiced foods, or if there is a reason that in stressful times, having flavor in your food is a bad thing? Here are the flavors we tried: Chili Mac, Lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, and a Beef Stroganoff kind of meal. I think we’re definitely going to have to give Mountain House a try.