I combine my Jetboil & Mountain House freeze-dried meals because of the convenience of being able to travel light. Since I can eat my meal right from the Mountain House package I don’t need to carry any other bowls or plates when I’m on a trip.
The Jetboil Flash is a personal cooking system that I’ve been using for a few years now.
The system assembles very easy and lights with the click of a button and then in around 2 minutes provides enough boiling water for a hot coffee, instant soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal like any of those available from Mountain House.
The Jetboil Flash is designed to be one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills, and the fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability while it’s heating up.
The insulating cozy has a colour- changing heat sensing indicator that signals when the contents are hot.
The Jetboil has a drink-through lid with pour spout and strainer, truthfully I personally tend to take these off.
The Jetboil Flash is able to store a 100g Jetpower fuel can which is great. If you decide you need a larger system, the Jetboil Sumo is the way to go and it can store a 230g fuel canister inside the cup.
I’ll be honest, even though I’m a pretty good cook at home, I’m lousy when I’m out on a trip. I’ve always overcooked or burned my meals and then get left with a terrible mess, trying to scrape out the burned mess from the bottom of my pans.
A couple years ago I decided to start bringing Mountain House freeze-dried meals as a back up meal when I’d go on canoe trips and then eventually those back up meals became the most enjoyed meals of the trip.
They’re easy to make, lightweight, have a long shelf life of 12 years or more, and are prepared right in the package which eliminates the need to bring any other pots or plates.
Typically a package has a total of 650 calories, and in the case of the Chicken Fried Rice seen above that’s 650 cal of long grain rice, cooked chicken and a mixture of vegetables and spices which is an ideal serving amount.
Preparing the meal is incredibly simple, all you need to do is boil up your water add a couple cups and reseal the package. After waiting 8-10 minutes it’s rehydrated and ready to eat.
Once you’re done with your meal, clean up is easy. No more dishes, just zip it shut and you’re all set.
Of course this review is just one guys opinion, but what I can say in all honesty is that the Jetboil & Mountain House freeze-dried meals are one of the best pieces of equipment I bring on a trip. Whether you’re going for a day, a weekend or an extended trip, these two make the perfect combination.