Mountain House Available from Ready Outdoors!

Freeze dried food.  Just the sound of it is awful.  That was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw a package of Mountain House Freeze Dried dinners on a shelf at my local outdoor store.  Over the next year or so, I saw them at Walmart in the outdoors aisle, I saw them at the Bass Pro Shop, I saw them online and I just could not bring myself to actually buy one and try it. I thought to myself, “How good could it be? It’s freeze dried!” 

Well, about 9 months ago, my local outdoor store was having a HUGE sale and I am a sucker for sale… so I really couldn’t help but buy a couple of the Mountain House meals; and then they sat on my shelf for another 4 months.  One day, I’m running out the door, late for work…again, and I decide I’m going to finally try one for lunch.  I discovered just how wrong I could be about a product that day! I didn’t even follow the directions properly (I used hot tap water instead of boiling water) and it was still fantastic!

If you’ve never tried a Mountain House meal, you have missed out! While they are best known for hiking & backpacking meals, they are ideal for long-term food storage.  These delicious freeze-dried meals are lightweight & great for a “Go Bag”.  They are also perfect for that quick, on-the-go meal, affordable lunches at work, and delicious & quick for dinner!

After my initial “test run”, I brought some to work for my family to try and we have loved every meal so far.  So much so, that we decided to become a distributor of Mountain House products.  Send us an email for our price list & discounts for Ready Outdoors Blog Readers!

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IonPod Tested and Passed!

Ok, so about a week ago I ordered two IonPod’s from Healthy Habits via Amazon.com.  Wait, let me back up a little bit…. about a month ago, my Dad “test drove” one of those $4000 water filters that changes your water from an acidic PH to alkaline PH.  We all took home a few gallons each and, over the course of about 2 weeks, tried it out. (Check out the healthful benefits of drinking alkaline water by clicking on the title of this post.)

Now, 2 weeks isn’t really enough to see much of change in our health, and being relatively healthy people anyway, I didn’t expect it would in that short of time.  I did notice a few small changes, like sleeping a bit better and a couple of things that would probably be TMI, so I’ll just say…. it’s something I have struggled with all my life and it seemed to be helping a little.  I figured, given some time, it might turn into helping alot, so I was all for keeping it.  Well, as you can imagine, $4000 is ALOT to plop down on a water filter (and the bank REALLY likes for you to HAVE the money when you write a check for something), SO…. being the diligent shopper that I am, I decided to see if there was something out there that would be somewhat comparable, if not just as good, for ALOT less. This is what I found:

I was so excited to find this nifty little thermos and after checking out the reviews (most were good), I decided to go ahead and try it.  I figured, if it doesn’t work, then I can return it and I’m only out about $7 in shipping.  Anxiously waiting on it, Saturday – THE delivery day, finally arrived.  I bolted down to my UPS store to pick up my package and rushed home with the loot.  I followed the instructions for cleaning and preparing it – it took 4 cycles for ours to be ready, so be patient with it, it’s worth it.

Once that task was completed, which actually took most of the afternoon to do it properly, we decided we should do an alkaline test.  I was skeptically hopeful, if that’s what you would call it.  If you’ve ever seen a PH strip (see below), then you know the spectrum is: acidic is red to light green (4.0-6.6), green is neutral (7.0), and alkaline is dark green to dark blue (7.6-9.5), and 10+ begins at mid-purple.


Personal Size Ion Pod

Alright, back to the test:  In the following picture, the light green liquid (6.6) is straight out of our tap, the yellow liquid is Dasani (6.0) & the deep blue liquid (8.5) is the Dasani put into the IonPod & shaken for 10 seconds, then tested.

Conclusion:  The IonPod by Healthy Habits WORKS!


My first post….

Well, here we are… my first post on the new Ready Outdoors blog.  You should know that I am not, by nature, a blogger.  However, over the last two years, I have had a burden to prepare, and as a result, I have done quite a bit of research.  I now feel led to share my findings, thoughts, and concerns – past, present & future, in hopes that my research will benefit someone that is just starting their “prepper” journey.
Happy Prepping and God Bless!