Mountain House – Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables

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Overall Rating:

Hiking and camping deep into the BLM land of central Oregon.  Long miles and hot weather have built up my hunger as the shadows grow and the day cools off.  I’ve purified my water and my cook gear is ready and waiting.

While the Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings tasted fine, I could tell right away it was a lower quality meal.  The sauce was just way to bready and the meat left a lot to be desired.

Preparation

Taste

Weight

Mountain House – Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables
Mountain House – Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables

Additional information

Specification: Mountain House – Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables

Calories per Ounce

124

Calories per Package

620

Carbs per Package

62g

Fat per Package

28g

Protein per Package

30g

Sodium per Package

1940mg

Sugar per Package

14g

Vegetarian

No

Vegan

No

Gluten Free

No

Food Allergens

Dairy, Egg, Wheat

Pack Weight (oz)

5 oz

Prep Time

13 Minutes

Shelf Life

30 Years

Preparation

Preparation

Preparing the Chicken and Dumplings is quite simple and straightforward.  Simply add 1/12 cups of boiling water to the dry ingredients, stir, and wait 9 minutes.

  • We recommend mixing the dry ingredients evenly beforehand.  Powdered ingredients tend to gravitate to the bottom of the package and become difficult to mix once wet.
  • Once the hot water is added, you need to thoroughly mix the ingredients again.  We mixed ours for 2 minutes and still had some hard spots of clumped up ingredients.
PROS:
  • Roughly 15 minutes to fully prepare.
  • Most of the preparation time is simply waiting for the ingredients to steep in the boiled water, which is added directly to the original package.

CONS:
  • No recommendation to mix dry ingredients thoroughly before filling the package with boiling water.
  • Extremely thorough mixing needed before and after adding hot water.

Taste

Taste

Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings was closer to chicken pot pie filling than anything else.  While it didn’t hold to the being the traditional dish, it was still filling and satisfying without being too heavy.  The larger pieces of meat and bread were not fully rehydrated making them chewy and grainy.  Unfortunately, we also found several pieces of hard gristle and chewy fat in the low-quality meat.

PROS:
  • Very filling

CONS:
  • Highly processed taste.
  • The low-quality meat contained pieces of gristle and fat.
  • Grainy texture.
  • Not fully rehydrated.

Weight

Weight

At Outdoor Food Lab, we list our weight ratings as such:

  • 150+ calories/ounce: 5 out of 5 stars / Ultralight Hiking Food
  • 131-149 calories/ounce: 4 out of 5 stars
  • 111-130 calories/ounce: 3 out of 5 stars
  • 90-110 calories/ounce: 2 out of 5 stars
  • Less than 90 calories/ounce: 1 out of 5 stars

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