Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared for an emergency doesn’t mean you’re predicting gloom and doom. It simply means you’re giving yourself a bit of breathing room in the event something should occur.

Allergy Free Eating When the Lights Go Out

by Allergy Free Kitchens on July 5, 2013

Crazy weather.  Freak accidents.  Things like that happen.  When they do we often find ourselves without power.  Are you prepared?  It might seem like a silly question, but when you have multiple food allergies it should grab your attention.  Most of us “freebies” prepare meals from scratch using perishable items.  That’ll work if you can still get by with a cooler and your grill, but what about those prolonged outages?  What if you had to temporarily relocate?  In such cases, having a designated stash of non-perishable, allergy-friendly food items is a must.

Where do you start?  Well, if you can vegetables, soups and fruits, you have a pantry of food ready to roll with at any time.  For the rest of  us, it’s time to break away from the grocery store perimeter and make our way down the aisles.

Below is a list of the types of items we keep handy.  Maybe some of these will work for you.

Beverages 

Bottled Water

Juice Boxes

Boxed Milk Alternatives (i.e rice milk, coconut milk)

Groceries

Dried Fruit

Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)

Sunbutter (or other allergy-friendly alternative spread)

Applesauce (in single servings)

Vegetable Juice (in single servings)

Allergy-Friendly Pretzels, Rice Cakes, Popcorn Cakes

Allergy-Friendly Crackers

Allergy-Friendly Cereal

Canned Beans

Misc.

Hand Wipes

Disposable Serving Dishes and Flatware

Ziploc Bags (to keep items fresh after you open them)

Can Opener

As always, please read the ingredient labels and consult with the manufacturer and your physician before making any item part of your pantry.

Frugal Tips:  

  • Choose the items on the shelf that have the longest timespan before expiring so you won’t need to replace them for a while.
  • Keep a list so you know when items are about to expire.  As that date approaches, incorporate those items into your menu plans so they don’t go to waste.

Want to pay it forward?  Consider supplying your local food pantry with items like those listed above to help assist men, women, and children in need with special dietary restrictions.   Watch for posts from FARE that tell when allergy-friendly products are needed in disaster areas.  Your generosity will not go unnoticed:  “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.”  Proverbs 22:9

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