A new 40-year-old Mountain House taste test

Mesdames, Messieurs, bonsoir! Our entrée for today is…

Now, I’ll be totally honest with you – I don’t even know what Shrimp Creole is. So I looked it up…

Shrimp creole is a dish of Louisiana Creole origin, consisting of cooked shrimp in a mixture of whole or diced tomatoes, the Holy trinity of onion, celery and bell pepper, spiced with hot pepper sauce and/or cayenne-based seasoning, and served over steamed or boiled white rice

Okay, so this stuff is eaten with rice. Makes sense, anybody interested in storing long-term food will certainly have a sack of rice or ten.

The can was very sparsely flecked with rust and – like both its predecessors, clearly inflated with some internal pressure. That’s just as it should be, it says right on the can that it’s packed in nitrogen. Cut open the top…

And we see that things have ossified into chunks, just like the spaghetti and the stew did. It just wants some manual breaking up of the chunks before you measure it out.

During which process you learn that Mountain House Shrimp Creole really does contain tiny mummified shrimp, and not just a few.

…which is kind of off-putting under the circumstances. I don’t mind trying 40-year-old freeze-dried beef. But seafood? Hm.

This is already-cooked and freeze-dried quicky food, so the “recipe” is simple: One cup hot water to 1.25 cups dry mix. The result is soupy at first…

Between five and ten minutes later…

And we dig in. Rather gingerly at first.

Honestly, this stuff is delicious! Once I grow to trust its effect on my digestion – and the jury’s still out on that – I might go so far as delightful. As with the vegetable stew, whatever process they used for preservation left the flavor in the mix. I don’t know how vivid the tastes would have been if the cans were only, say, a decade old but it’s quite acceptable as it is. I really can see eating this over rice, though you might want to spice it up a bit.

I only ate about 3/4 of a bowl and gave the rest to LB, because even though there was no “off” taste or immediate bad result and I’m only being excessively cautious, I still don’t entirely trust the shrimp. But once I’ve settled my mind about that, Shrimp Creole is going to be a favorite while it lasts. It’s better than the vegetable stew (which suffers from all that corn starch really not aging all that gracefully) and way better than the spaghetti.

LB gives it two paws up.

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11 Responses to A new 40-year-old Mountain House taste test

  1. Mark Matis says:

    I assume that “two paws up” is a compliment on the cuisine.

    I also assume that if it had been instead “four paws up”, that would mean the poor dog ended up with some serious medical condition…

  2. Joel says:

    Yeah, Four Paws Up is probably a bad thing.

  3. Klaus says:

    You are a brave man Joel. I think the can should read Krill Creole. I used to buy tins of freeze dried krill to feed my fish. I always thought they would be tasty.

  4. “I really can see eating this over rice, …”

    Seems like there’s already plenty of rice in it(?).

  5. Joel says:

    Yeah, I thought of amending that. It’s got a little suspended rice, but I think it’d still be good on a rice bed, y’know?

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  7. Cyber_Liberty says:

    I love Mountain House! I like it in the pouches, though it’s a little more pricey. I just got a bunch of egg dishes and the expiration date is in 2047.

    I actually take this stuff to work to have for breakfast and lunch, it’s that good.

  8. coloradohermit says:

    Well, did it pass the digestible test? I assume so since you’ve made several subsequent posts.

  9. Joel says:

    Yeah, it’s fine. I had more for lunch today. It’s good.

  10. Goober says:

    These sumbitches ought to pay you for such glowing reviews. 40 damn years old and it still nothe only isn’t poison but actually tastes good? That’s impressive!

    Sorry. Whiskey. 4 so far…

  11. mayhem says:

    Cross posted at http://goldismoney2.com/threads/a-new-40-year-old-mountain-house-taste-test.143265/
    Joel, a hermit living in the high desert of AZ does a review of some Mountain House.

To the stake with the heretic!