My wife has a Gluten Sensitivity this means she is allergic to Gluten like I am allergic to fresh cut grass.
When she consumes it she gets headaches and stomach aches, but there are more sever forms of the Gluten Sensitivity called Celiac disease. Folks with Celiac disease could die in some cases if they consume gluten.
Why am I talking about this because there are so few options for those who have gluten sensitivities. I am seeking out products to carry that meet this need for long term food storage.
In coming weeks I will announce my relationship with a national vendor that does indeed produce LONG TERM food supplies that are Gluten Free, I will also be incorporating Gluten Free items into our 72 hour kits, car kits and backpacking gear.
If you can’t use it DON’T Buy it!
If you have questions please contact me Joshua@ learnhowtobeprepared.com
Some General rules for Food in a disaster situation.
When a major disaster happens, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks. Store enough emergency food to provide for your family for at least 3 days, I encourage my students to prepare to provide form themselves for 3-6 months and if they are able to prepare to provide for themselves for up to one year.
Because a disaster may not always be a natural one, there could be a national economic crisis, you could loose your job, or their could even be a short term loss of income that could effect the stability of your family. Planning ahead with long term food solutions is the ideal way to provide security and a positive state of mind not matter what the socioeconomic status of the world is.
- Store food items that are familiar, when considering long term storage store foods that are packaged for emergency storage, freeze dried foods are a wonderful long term solution, Consider any dietary restrictions and preferences you may have. Are you allergic to wheat or gluten? How about nuts? Dairy? All should be considered.
- If you are just getting started out Ideal foods are: Shelf-stable (no refrigeration required), low in salt, and do not require cooking (e.g. canned fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, jam, low-salt crackers, cookies, cereals, nuts, dried fruit, canned soup or meats, juices and non-fat dry milk).
- Mark a rotation date with a marker on any food container that does not already have an expiration date on the package. Use the one month ahead guideline, if you have a online calendar it does not help to set reminders a month head to start rotating something out. Try and buy foods you can use on a regular basis, staple type items.
- Include baby food and formula or other diet items for infants or seniors.
- Store the food in airtight, pest-resistant containers in a cool, dark place. The ONLY rat proof container is a steel drum! If you can afford this method I highly recommended it. Long term food is no good to you or anyone else if it has been contaminated by pantry pests or rodents…
- Most canned foods can safely be stored for at least 18 months. Low acid foods like meat products, fruits or vegetables will normally last at least 2 years. Use dry products, like boxed cereal, crackers, cookies, dried milk or dried fruit within six months. Freeze Dried Products in Cans can last upwards of 25 years if unopened
- After a power outage, refrigerated food will stay cold longer if you keep the door closed. Food should generally be consumed within 4 hours. Food in the freezer will normally remain safe for 2 days. If you have a deep freeze and no way to power it after a major disaster it may be wise to clean it out and have a BBQ, with those who are close to you.. No reason to let it go to waste while you wait for help. Feed people instead.