A question was asked about preparedness and I have wanted to address some issues from a gluten and dairy free perspective.
This is not a post discussing if you should or shouldn’t prep. This is not a post on whether a Christian should or shouldn’t prep. If you want my take on these, I highly recommend you read this post by my friend Enola Gay: Preparedness Appologetics. She and her family are further along in their preparedness than my family, but one can only start when their eyes have been opened. And you can only do what you can.
No one will ever be completely prepared for every and any eventuality. I do believe that I can prepare to be ready for some of the more likely scenarios. But I did say that this post is not really about all those issues.
All of the places you go to get recommendations on how much and of what to have on hand rarely deal with food restrictions. Much of what is “recommended” to have on hand is not something I can even eat! The beginning of our preparing was before I discovered my problem with gluten. And only recently has my ‘problem’ with dairy become even more of a problem. I seem to be ‘troubled’ most Monday afternoons and have finally narrowed it down to… the hidden, dairy-laden food at church! So storing a bunch of dairy would not help me survive some kind of disaster.
Trying to buy up all the packages of gluten free crackers or buying them by the case (or cases) takes up far too much valuable space. I don’t know about you, but I have a limited amount of space for storage and need to maximize the space I do have… getting the most bang for my buck, as the saying goes.
I’m not saying do not buy any prepackaged items. What I am saying is don’t make them the bulk of your food storage.
My goal it to store the basic ‘from scratch’ foods we need to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. For baking I store a variety of rices, whole buckwheat, whole sorghum, whole millet, certified GF steel cut & rolled oats, quinoa in whole and flaked versions and pearl & granular tapioca. These I will use whole and ground up for baking.
I also store a variety of seeds and nuts. These I repackage into small vacuum sealed bags, then in a 5-gallon bucket. Chia seeds are my favorite preparedness food stuff. The nutritional content is wonderful and they can be used in a variety of ways!
For cooking I have stored a variety of beans, dehydrated lots of fruits & vegetables, have purchased some canned items in cases and have powdered coconut milk in 5 pound bags, powdered stevia in 1 pound bags, bulk spices in large containers, evaporated cane juice and sucanat in 5-gallon buckets.
So where will I get my calcium? Chia seeds! Magnesium? Hemp seeds (no it’s not THAT hemp). I don’t like the taste of flax and the chia and hemp have a better nutritional profile and are better keepers.
What should you store? What grains do you tolerate well? What grains are you already baking with… you do bake some of your own gluten free cakes, breads, and such don’t you? Some??? That is one reason I joined the Ratio Rally. I made me get up off my… baking behind and start baking my own gluten free breads, cakes, muffins, scones, pies, biscuits, crepes, popovers and brownies! I have learned so much, especially how freeing it is to bake my ratio. I don’t need any recipes… I can make them fit the ingredients I have on hand! Now THAT is truly being prepared.
Store what you use and use what you store.
That is one reason I am so very fond of my ‘new’ (but from a very old & favorite cookbook) Rice Flour Muffin Recipe & Rice Flour Muffin Variations! It is very simple, uses ingredients that I always have on hand and is versatile! Flavor variations will make ‘survival food’ so much more pleasurable!
What kinds of things do you think are important in being prepared for TEOTWAWKI or even just a current job loss?
Blessings, ~Aunt Mae (aka~Mrs. R)
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