It may be news to you, but the prepper and survival community has been all abuzz lately about the shortage of Mountain House foods. Ready Made Resources and numerous other food storage companies have been longtime associates with Mountain House but several weeks ago they were alerted to the shortage. These companies were put on a weekly allotment of Mountain House products. Smaller companies were shut out completely. But where is all that Mountain House food going? The official response from the company is, “consumer demand.”
At first, I accepted that explanation. After all, food storage is becoming more trendy, thanks to Glenn Beck and the awareness of rising food prices. But then I started thinking, “Who really has that kind of money to buy so much freeze dried food from Mountain House’s five production plants that they’re having a shortage?” Unemployment is up. Bankruptcies and business closures are up. Gas prices are up. The only thing going down is people’s incomes, so who is buying this food? The percentage of preparedness minded people in this country is quite small.
Well, I love a good conspiracy theory just as much as the next person, and at the risk of sounding like Alex Jones , I really don’t have an answer to that question other than, “It’s not everyday consumers like me and my readers.” Billionaires and their various foundations and government entities (perhaps not the federal government directly) are the only ones with the kind of money that could buy Mountain House by the trainload. So I guess the next question is, “What do they know that we don’t?” I can only make wild guesses: extreme food shortages, hyperinflation, war, terrorist attacks, zombies. Your basic Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: conquest, pestilence, famine and war.
This morning I wrote that the worst possible move a family could make right now is to spend their money frivolously. I’m sticking with that advice. Mountain House may not be as readily available, but there is still plenty of freeze-dried and dehydrated produce and meat. You can easily make your own Mountain House style meals, if you wish.
We own a number of Mountain House #10 cans of freeze-dried meals, but I own even more freeze-dried and dehydrated produce and other ingredients. In the long run, those will be far more versatile than eating Beef Stroganoff or Chicken Teriyaki meal after meal.
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