Mountain House Pilot Crackers #10 Can
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- Can handle the rigors of backpacking
- A great staple for your emergency food kits
- Each of our cans has a protective enamel coating inside and out (including the lid), for double protection. Making it airtight.
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Mountain House, Pilot Crackers — #10 Can
Pilot bread crackers are the perfect delicious addition to any long-term food storage. They will last for many years and go well with every entrée offered by Mountain House. Eat them with our stews, or top with our cottage cheese! They are also a great snack for camping.
● Contains 62 Crackers
Who is Mountain House?
For nearly 50 years, Mountain House adventure meals have consistently been the premier choice of campers, backpackers, and survival experts. Born out of freeze dried meals we make for the United States Special Forces, Mountain House food has a proven history of reliability and most importantly, delicious flavor.
With just-add-water preparation and no-mess cleanup, Mountain House is not only the perfect camping or backpacking food, but also for keeping on hand just in case of an emergency. Additionally Mountain House meals have incredible shelf life. With the longest proven shelf life in the industry and a guarantee to taste virtually indistinguishable from new for 12+ years in pouches and 25+ years in cans, Mountain House is the perfect emergency preparedness or survival food to keep on hand.
From the bottom of the deepest ocean, to the tops of the tallest mountains, to the battlefield and back, Mountain House is the food people trust when failure is not an option. Consistently chosen as the best tasting food among outdoor and survival brands, Mountain House is the best camping, backpacking and survival food money can buy.
Mountain House Meals are Perfect for:
- Emergency Preparedness
- Occasional Everyday Use
Crisp, buttery pilot bread crackers are great for snacking or a crunchy side for soups or pasta entrees.
California Prop 65 WARNING: Many cans containing foods and beverages have epoxy linings used to avoid microbial contamination and extend shelf life. Lids on jar and caps on bottle may also have epoxy linings. Some of these linings can leach small amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) into the food or beverage. BPA is a chemical known to the State of California to cause harm to the female reproductive system.
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1) As a side dish for soups, or freeze dried meals. Since freeze dried foods have a monotonous texture the crackers will give your meal a much needed crunch.
2) As a bread substitute when you won't be able cook. For a long term emergency, look for cheese in a can from Australia (Bega) or be sure to have peanut butter, sunbutter, or tuna on hand. I buy small cans of pickle relish and mayonnaise to go with the tuna so I always have something ready to make a tuna salad. I usually always also have fresh onions and celery as well as freeze dried on hand to make a simple tuna salad.
Trust Mountain House for tasty camping and emergency meals with a long shelf life.
Alergy info: Contains soy, wheat: Enriched wheat flour, Palm Oil*, a tiny bit of corn syrup, a tiny bit of soy Lecithin
As indicated, the product arrived in a #10 tin, which requires, of course, a can opener. If you are going to put this item into your emergency supplies, I suggest some packing tape and secure one of those tiny folding can openers like are found in military ration packs to the lid. (just in case you can't find your big one when you're hungry and in a hurry)
There were three cardboard sleeves, each filled with the crackers. Additional crackers were dropped down between the sleeves and the sides of the can. I doubt they could have gotten any more into the container.
The only issue I have is that the label says to consume the product immediately, or within one week (using the included plastic replacement lid) of opening. With some 62 crackers (at 60 calories each) - that's a tall order for an elderly couple with a sedentary life style. However, I doubt they'd last long with an active family with teenagers.
* (Palm Oil - you know, that stuff that rubs off the unwashed palms of your hands when you're eating them. (:~>) EWWW!!! )
As far as the product I like them. Fresh (when you open the can) and not hard or chewy like some I've had. Light on the salt but still has the same saltine cracker taste. I'd say they would work for hor d'oeuvres as good as any other could.
Also, be very clear that these are relatively neutral-flavored survival biscuits; think of them as slightly sweeter and thicker unsalted tops saltines. They're something to put your peanut butter or deviled ham or sardines on; they're something to help pad out a meal or accompany a soup or stew. And they're good plain, too - not super exciting hand-made-artisanal wowsie-wow, but a good example of the biscuit baker's art.
Do check the cans to make sure they're properly sealed - have had one can of another manufacturer's product with an obviously bad mechanical seal that was hidden by the plastic cover, and the time to discover that type of a problem is not when TEOTWAWKI is coming down around your ears.
It's also not a bad idea to tape a P-38 or P-51 (preferred - they're bigger and easier to operate) can opener under the lid of one can per case.
The manufacturer states that these have a shelf life of '... up to 30 years' given proper storage (<60F, cool dry location out of direct sunlight), but realistically, these are crackers packed in a sealed can with an oxygen absorber - keep 'em in the house and they should be good forever.
Some other reviewers point out that even on sale these are a tad expensive for everyday use, and I agree - but they're good to have put by for a rainy day, and properly stored your grandkid's grandkids will be able to enjoy them.