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MOUNTAIN HOUSE New Orleans Style Rice with Shrimp and Ham
June 30, 2014


NAME: Marina Batzke
EMAIL: mbbp2013 (at) hotmail (dot) com
AGE: 54
LOCATION: Los Angeles County, California, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)

I converted from day hiking and car camping to backpacking in spring 2013. Since then, I have selectively purchased new, more lightweight gear, while I still carry some heavier gear from my car camping trips. I always hike with a group and I like the gear talk when in camp. I am a tent camper looking for ways to lighten my pack. My backpacking trips are currently weekend excursions in Southern California, USA. If my business travel allows me to get away, I try to backpack one or two weekends a month.


Manufacturer: Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc.
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website:
MSRP: US $7.29
Listed Weight: 5.11 oz (145 g)
Measured Weight: 5.3 oz (150 g)
Packing unit size comparison


Location: Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California, USA
Trip duration: 2 days/ 1 night: April 2014

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Trip duration: 2 days/ 1 night: April 2014

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Trip duration: 3 days/ 2 nights June 2014

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Trip duration: 4 days / 3 nights July 2014


I use a Jetboil stove to boil water and have typically been eating ramen soup for dinner. On several backcountry trips, I noticed fellow hikers eat Mountain House entrees. So recently I have tried out a couple of the Mountain House Standard Entree pouches.
Close-up of upper corner

The Mountain House Standard Entree comes in a lightweight aluminum pouch with multi-color print on the outside, while silver-colored on the pouch inside. Near the top of both side edges, the aluminum has a tear notch for easy pull opening. The close-up photo of the upper corner shows (from the outside) a hint of the press-seal, below that the tear notch and below that the zipper.
A look inside

Inside I see the clear plastic zipper and at the pouch bottom the freeze-dried food with a white, small oxygen absorber bag.
When I took a look at the nutritional values of the packaged entree, I noticed that the package contents is actually 2.5 servings. Therefore before my trips, I open the pouch at one of its tear notches and pull the top pouch section off. First I discard the oxygen absorber bag. Then I divide the freeze-dried container contents into two zip-locking bags and thereby turn one Standard Entree pouch into two dinners. On my recent 2-night backpack, I took the aluminum pouch and those two separate zip-locking bags along. I boiled water in my Jetboil, emptied one zip-locking bag contents into the aluminum pouch and poured about 12 fl oz (355 ml) of hot water over the freeze-dried food. Using a plastic spoon, I stirred water and food.
Emptying that half-portion into the aluminum pouch

Then I closed the zipper and let the food sit for at least ten minutes. In the past, I once was a bit too impatient and did not wait the recommended 8 - 9 minutes. On that occasion, the rice was still a bit crispy. Since then, I have been waiting rather longer than 9 minutes with positive results: the food is fully softened and ready to enjoy.
The dish ready to eat

After I have eaten the first dinner, I clean out the aluminum pouch with some hot water and repeat the same meal preparation process the 2nd night.

I like the New Orleans Style Rice with Shrimp and Ham dish: it is well spiced and really contains a good share of small ham cubes and cute small full-size shrimps. The packaging boldly states "Low Sodium". Looking at the nutritional facts and seeing that I am eating 1.25 servings a dinner, that would be 0.013 oz (362.5 mg).
Nutrition facts


I can eat right out of the pouch - no need for a bowl
Easy to make
Great taste
Half of the pouch contents still plenty of dinner for me


2.5 servings in one pouch seems an odd measurement to me


Marina Batzke

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