Medium-term foods require minimal preparation such as adding boiling water. Most products are free-dried. Many cook in their own packages and require no cooking vessels. There are a wide variety of menu choices and many of these meals are quite tasty and nutritious. You can purchase these meals online, at outdoor stores, and at retailers that have camping gear. Meals are reasonably priced at about $4-$5 per serving.
These foods often require boiling water. There are a number lightweight and affordable stoves specifically designed to boil water. Some Flash Boil stoves can boil two cups of water in about two minutes.
Most meals are sealed in a ziplock pouch. Open the pouch, remove the moisture absorbing packet (if present), add the specified amount of boiling water, stir thoroughly (very important), seal the pouch, and wait for the amount of time specified on the package. You may want to stir the contents again midway through the cooking time. When finished you can eat the meal directly from the pouch or serve onto plates. A long stirring spoon is very nice to have when preparing these meals.
Be sure to carry ample fuel for your stove. Take altitude into account when cooking. Higher elevations require longer cooking time and more fuel. See this article on Cooking at High Altitude.
Mountain House Just-in-Case Bucket (Classic Bucket)
The Classic Bucket contains 12 meal pouches and each provide 2-2.5 servings. It contains two of each of these meals (assortment may change in the future): Beef Stroganoff, Lasagne with Meat Sauce, Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, Noodles and Chicken, Beef Stew, Granola with Milk & Blueberries. Some of the packages show a 2.5 serving size but just assume that it is a 2 serving meal.
Mountain House Just-in-Case Bucket (Essential Bucket)
The Essential Bucket contains 12 meal pouches and each provide 2-2.5 servings. It contains four of each of Rice & Chicken, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Chili Mac with Beef. Some of the packages show a 2.5 serving size but just assume that it is a 2 serving meal.
Mountain House Just-in-Case Bucket (14-day Supply)
The 14-Day Supply contains 42 meal pouches for a total of 100 servings. Meals includes are Breakfast Skillet (5), Biscuits & Gravy (3), Eggs & Bacon (2), Eggs with Ham & Peppers (2), Granola with Milk & Blueberries (2), Pasta Primavera (4), Rice & Chicken (3), Beef Stew (2), Beef Stroganoff (2), Chicken Fried Rice (2), Chili Mac with Beef (2), Lasagna with Meat Sauce (2), Macaroni & Cheese (2), Mexican Rice & Chicken (2), Noodles & Chicken (2), Italian Style Pepper Steak with Rice & Tomatoes (2), Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (2), Chicken Teriyaki (1). Some of the packages show a 2.5 serving size but just assume that it is a 2 serving meal.