this is it! i tried a new mountain house, AGAIN a couple of days ago on a solo wilderness thing. chicken and rice. first of all, at this point i prefer mountain house. i usually jetboil h2o, mix, seal the meal and let it do its thing for at least ten minutes while i keep myself busy. i like mountain house bags because they stand up really well and they seal and reseal. i often rinse and reuse those sturdy little bags over and over to be efficient on the trail! that is important to me because i reuse the bag in the morning for my instant oatmeal. that is, unless i don't finish dinner and i just have chicken and rice for breakfast like i did a couple of days ago.
any way, the chicken and rice was good. at first the chicken floated to the top so i had to stir that in. the first couple of chicken bits were not totally hydrated, to be expected at times. the rice and stuff cooked very well. the meal tasted good hot for dinner. the next morning the meal retained taste and texture. it was fine, just cold. i was very happy it didn't turn into a nasty gooey chunk overnight.
mountain house chicken and rice is good.