Year Shelf Life
As of 2006, we have changed our shelf life from 5 years
to 7 YEARS!! Based on storage studies conducted over many
years, our shelf life is at least 7 years from date of
manufacture, as long as pouch is stored unopened in a
cool area. After 7 years, a change in flavor and appearance
may be noticed. For best results, avoid prolonged storage
at temperatures above 75° F (24° C).
#10 Cans-- 25 Year Shelf Life
Mountain House® freeze-dried foods are packed in airtight
NITROGEN PACKED #10 cans. Up to 98% of the residual oxygen
has been removed. Our unique canning process uses both
vacuum oxygen removal and nitrogen flushing. This is a
time consuming and slightly more costly process…but
well worth it. It is the same process mandated by the
U.S. Military for whom we also can. Our foods will have
the longest shelf life available…up to 30 years!
We've been around for 40 years so we know first hand.
We invite you to compare. Each can is coated with a protective
enamel inside and out for double protection, including
the lid. The can contents are protected until you are
ready to open and use them. After opening, we recommend
using the contents within 1 week for best results and
taste; using the convenient resealable plastic lid between
uses. Treat any leftover food as you would fresh food.
The product manufacturing code appears on the back of
Mountain House® pouches and on the bottom of Mountain
House® cans. The date in the code represents the date
on which the product was packaged. January of 2001 we
are now printing BEST IF USED BY
dates on the back of each pouch.
and after: EXAMPLE: 99028 CIA 99 = Year
028 = Julian Date (example = 28th day of the year =
CIA = Production Operator's Initials
to 1989: EXAMPLE: T20394D T = Year (example
"T" = 1987; see below*)
203 = Julian Date (example = 203rd day of the year =
94D = Internal tracking system code number