From The Survival Momâ„¢
When I was growing up, I don’t remember there being any kids at school with peanut allergies, or tree nut allergies or gluten allergies. No mom had to hover over their child with an Epi-pen, fearful that a stray PB&J could send their child to the hospital.
How times have changed!
Many of you have asked about food storage for special diets, and I’ve put together a list of general tips and then a few specific suggestions for gluten-free, low-carb, and lactose-free diets.
- Track what you already eat and serve.
- Identify recipes and meals that are food-storage friendly, meaning that most or all of the ingredients can be safely stored at room temperature for lengthy periods of time.
- Keep everything super simple! Complicated recipes and procedures will make matters worse in a crisis.
- Contact food storage companies directly to find out how their foods are processed. Click here for Shelf Reliance‘s allergens report.
- Stock up on vitamins and nutritional supplements, especially those you are currently taking. A dose of something like Enerhealth’s Enerfood* would go a very long way toward providing the dense nutrients every body craves and needs.
- Remember, whenever you make something homemade, you know exactly what’s in it. Therefore, it’s better to store healthy ingredients than prepared, processed foods.
For gluten-free diets
- Look for companies that carry gluten-free ingredients for food storage.
- Invest in a good quality grain mill that can also grind rice,
- Make your own gluten-free meals in a jar. Vacuum pack the jars, or pouches, with a Food Saver for longest possible shelf life.
- Store ingredients to make gluten-free homemade sauces, dressings, ketchup, etc.
- Seek out recipes that are centered around eggs, beans, and other protein-rich ingredients.
- If you normally buy a gluten-free food, learn how to make it from scratch.
- Rice is a gluten free grain, but it doesn’t contain many nutrients. Use this recipe for Super Rice to give it a big nutritional boost. You can store brown rice but it won’t have the same shelf life as white.
- Grow or raise your own fresh foods, including chickens and eggs.
- Learn how to make homemade cheeses.
- Store nuts and seeds in vacuum-packed jars.
- Stock up on egg powder for egg-centered meals.
- Home-can chicken and meat.
- Buy #10 cans of the vegetables and low-carb fruits that you eat most. Low-carb diets usually contain large amounts of vegetables, so make sure to stock up on plenty: canned, home-canned, dehydrated, fresh from the garden, and even frozen. (You can always dehydrate frozen vegetables.)
For the lactose intolerant…
- Learn how to make your own almond milk. You can buy raw almonds in bulk and store them in vacuum sealed jars or pouches.
- Test each new ingredient or recipe to see if there is a reaction. If not, you’ll know that it’s safe to begin storing that food.
- Either grow or buy freeze-dried/dehydrated versions of vegetables that contain a large amount of calcium, such as broccoli, spinach,and kale.
- Certain beans also contain a healthy dose of calcium. Check out my bean chart here.
- Stock up on Vitamin D supplements to help your body use the calcium you consume.
- When stocking up on meats, remember that tuna, sardines, and salmon (with edible bones) provide a great deal of calcium.
- Try making homemade yogurt to see how it affects you. Some people who are lactose intolerant can handle yogurt.
- If you have the room, buy a couple of dairy goats. Their milk is lower in lactose. If you can handle goat milk, you’ll be able to make homemade goat cheese.
What special diet are you, or a family member, on? What tips do you have for storing food for your special diet?
*Disclaimer: Enerhealth Botanicals is neither an advertiser nor an affiliate. I just like their products and recommend them.
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