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Just general preparedness. When you've got a kid on a special diet, the thought of them eating the wrong thing is scary. I've always relied on a well-stocked pantry as emergency food. However, now that my pantry is nearly empty and I use my freezer to store all my homemade foods, I can't do that any more. So I have to come up with an emergency stash. Even if it is in BPA ladened cans.


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think outside of the can

 

I hardly keep any thing in cans and my pantry is full 


 

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I've got to agree with serenbat here, I have a month or more worth of food in my pantry and only a small fraction of that is in cans. My emergency stash relies more on cans so I don't have to count on ability to cook the food in order to eat it.

 

My advice with your preferences and needs, is to focus on nuts, nut butters, dried fruits. Get a big bag of gluten free oats - those can be mixed with sweet or savory additions, and just need soaking to eat, no cooking needed. Coconut flakes. Maple syrup. Hemp and pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

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think outside of the can

 

I hardly keep any thing in cans and my pantry is full 

 

I'd be interested in what you stock. Because of my daughter's food restrictions there are almost no processed foods we can buy. Frankly I don't want processed foods anyways. I like using whole ingredients that I make into foods. And I don't want cans (though will resort to them if I have to for an emergency kit.)

 

So what do you have in your pantry that does not have:

meat (including fish)

gluten

dairy

cane sugar (if it simply says "sugar" we have to assume it is cane sugar unless the manufacturer guarantees differently)

tomatoes

 

Plus I don't do foods that have

MSG and related--nutritional yeast, turlane yeast, inactivated yeast, etc.

carageenan (an intestinal irritant that may be carcinogenic)

 

 


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I'd be interested in what you stock. Because of my daughter's food restrictions there are almost no processed foods we can buy. Frankly I don't want processed foods anyways. I like using whole ingredients that I make into foods. And I don't want cans (though will resort to them if I have to for an emergency kit.)

 

So what do you have in your pantry that does not have:

meat (including fish)

gluten

dairy

cane sugar (if it simply says "sugar" we have to assume it is cane sugar unless the manufacturer guarantees differently)

tomatoes

 

Plus I don't do foods that have

MSG and related--nutritional yeast, turlane yeast, inactivated yeast, etc.

carageenan (an intestinal irritant that may be carcinogenic)


I'm not serebat, but I wanted to say that we are in very similar circumstances, but with different restrictions.  Dd can't have processed foods with additives and preservatives, or very little of it.  We keep, for a stocked pantry in case of emergency a lot of dry beans, home-canned produce, root vegetables (that can overwinter in a cool, dry basement/cellar), dried herbs and spices, all-natural cracker products (not sure which ones would be gluten-free), grains of all sorts, some of which are useless to you (bulghur wheat, whole wheat berries, but then also quinoa, rice, popcorn, barley), a lot of pasta (I'm sure you can get gluten-free of this), flours (corn, rice, and then for us, wheat), sweeteners (lots of maple syrup, which keeps forever), oils, home pickled foods (cabbage, cucumbers, green tomatoes... again I know the tomatoes don't help, just putting it out there), and commercially pickled foods, homemade jams and butters (apple butter, pumpkin butter... will try pear butter when I get the chance this winter).  I also can some of my meat, but I honestly don't know what to do to help you substitute a shelf-stable protein, other than powdered eggs... not sure if you consider that dairy or not.  Powdered eggs are actually quite minimally processed even though it would not seem so... they're just dehydrated.  Which brings me to my other lovely contraption in my kitchen... my dehydrator.  You can dehydrate just about anything, it seems and keeps in a jar on the shelf almost indefinitely.   Hope some of those things jump start some ideas of what is shelf-stable but within your restrictions.

 

As for ideas for a go-bag, I would stick with commercially prepared foods that are within your restrictions.  You can't carry more than about 72 hours worth of supplies with you, anyway.  The idea for a go-bag is to get to your destination.  If you are going to shelter-in-place, your options are going to be much greater.

 

I also want to say that those emergency food kits are really not a good idea, anyway.  The last thing you need in a time of disaster is to open one of those up and find out that the food is disgusting or that you don't have the right tools to prepare it or that it happened to be that 1 - in - 100,000 kits that was not packaged properly and the food is not even edible.  If you don't already eat the food that's in your disaster kit, during a disaster is NOT the time to radically change your diet, whether it's restricted or not. It's best to put your own emergency supplies together and rotate through them.  Store what you eat and eat what you store.

 

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My advice with your preferences and needs, is to focus on nuts, nut butters, dried fruits. 

mine too!

 

I do keep shelled nuts in cool storage (not directly in the pantry closet) - I also keep lots of "leaves" - nettles (high in vit C) - you could make soup with them, raspberry leaf, mints (several types- good for tummies) strawberry leaf (another good for tummies), blueberry, various herbs dried (peppers, mushrooms, veggies-mostly onions and carrots, etc)

 

we are not gluten free, so dry "flours", lots of different seeds (for sprouting), cereals, canned items, canned juices, (both homemade) vinegars, oils - these are the type of things in my dry storage - we do keep canned salmon, beef jerkey

 

I'm not really sure of your long term goal here - to just take with you for ??? X# of weeks assuming you must leave and won't have a heat source? of if you are to stay put are you doing a alternative heat source?

 

I don't have "meals" in dry - I have ingredients and any "meals" are frozen 

I don't even know what "canned" items I would get to have on hand??


 

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If you do end up choosing some canned goods could you donate them to a food bank? Maybe rotate them out a little early. If you keep the receipts you might get some of your money back as a charitable donation?

 

Are you planning an in home supply or do you want packs that can be carried with you? 


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I'd be interested in what you stock. Because of my daughter's food restrictions there are almost no processed foods we can buy. Frankly I don't want processed foods anyways. I like using whole ingredients that I make into foods. And I don't want cans (though will resort to them if I have to for an emergency kit.)

So what do you have in your pantry that does not have:
meat (including fish)
gluten
dairy
cane sugar (if it simply says "sugar" we have to assume it is cane sugar unless the manufacturer guarantees differently)
tomatoes

Plus I don't do foods that have
MSG and related--nutritional yeast, turlane yeast, inactivated yeast, etc.
carageenan (an intestinal irritant that may be carcinogenic)


dry beans
dry rice
packaged pre-cooked rice
quinoa
rice and corn pastas
dried mushrooms
root vegetables and winter squashes
dry seaweed (not just the TJ's snacks but also dulse flakes, kombu, etc.)
olive oil
coconut oil
nuts & seeds
nut butters, seed butters like tahini & sunflower butter
dehydrated veggie snacks
dried fruit
chickpea flour, millet flout, brown rice flour, corn flour, almond flour, coconut flour, etc.
honey and/or maple syrup
tea, coffee
chocolate bars
tortilla chips, plantain chips, GF crackers
vegetable stock
vegetable soups (Amy's or TJ's)
pickled veggies
tons of spices, extracts, vinegars, mustards, etc.
rice paper wraps
GF cereals
popcorn kernels
plus a few canned/jarred items (olives, cooked beans, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, etc.)

These are just the things I can think of off the top of my head, our pantry is always well-stocked and we avoid many of the same things you do (plus some different things) and have only a few canned goods. Most of these things our in our weekly rotation but some, like canned beans, pre-cooked rice, soups, pastas, etc., are more for emergencies (major or just the "oh we haven't gone shopping in three weeks and don't have time to spend 2 hours cooking" emergencies lol).

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OP can you make your won food packs (meals) and freeze them? I do them for my DH's lunch - certain things he eats cold, just defrosted.

 

Even if you lost power you would have "some" to start with- again, I guess I'm not sure your plan here - are you planning to take all this food with you to a shelter? I really can't imagine a foot locker size container and an emergency and the transport issues, storage issues, etc here???


 

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Thanks for all the ideas. My pantry is pretty much stocked like crunchy mommy's. I do have a lot of foods I made in the freezer that we can just heat and eat. Everything from mung bean tortillas to soups, gravies, sauces, etc. Lots of frozen fruits and veggies. However, if we have to evacuate nothing I can take with us. And if we lose power a lot of it will go bad quickly (except the flours I have in the freezer.) I've thought I might be able to take some of the frozen produce out in an extreme situation and try to sundry them.

 

Here's a good article I found. Actually the most like what I was looking for. Better than what the red cross had: http://www.livestrong.com/article/371448-5-basic-food-ingredients-for-survival/

 

What I want is a kit that I can take with us that will allow our daughter to eat as long as possible in an evacuation center or that we can use once we use up our stores at home.

 

Based on the responses here and that article I got online last night and looked for calorie dense foods that require no preparation, are lightweight, and, with the exception of olives, don't require a can opener. My plan is to keep them in a rolling suitcase, maybe even a rolling backpack, for convenient transfer. I do include mung beans for sprouting just so there's something fresh in there. A few of these things I need to taste before I buy in bulk. Here is a tentative list I've compiled. I need to look at more recommendations on the thread again, but at 1:30 last night this is as far as I go:

 

 

Justin's Nut Butter Natural Classic Almond Butter 10 Count Squeeze Packs 200 calories

Lara Bars

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Fruit leathers or Clif Kid Organic Fruit Rope, Variety Pack, 8 Strawberry, 8 Mixed Berry, 8 Grape, Net Wt. 16.9 Oz. Pack of 24

Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calories Per Bag

Calbee Snack Salad Snapea Crisps

Apple crushers (apple juice in squeeze bags)

Flat bananas from Trader Joe’s

Coconut oil

Rice dream 8 ounces

Oskri Muesli Bar, Gluten Free

Oskri Granola Bar, Pecans and Raisins

Mung beans in individual ziplock bags. Just add water

Chocolate bars (beet sugar sweetened)

Powdered eggs

Jelly individual

Crunchmaster Mulit-seed Original flavor crackers.

Raisins

Canned olives

Prepared meals that I can find in pouches

Dehydrated/freeze dried fruit

 

 

I am looking for a pedialyte type powder, but I fear that since she can't do cane sugar that I won't find one.


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http://www.amazon.com/Emergen-C-ElectroMIX-Packets-36-Count-Pack/dp/B001E5E114

 

Why stuff that does not require a can opener? Are you still stressing about bpa?

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Another thought for you, might sound silly, but what about baby food pouches (Sprout or whatever) -- they don't have lots of extra ingredients, they are nutritious, readily prepared, easy for a kid to open, and last a long time. I don't know if they are all pureed or if some are just mush or something, I never did baby food, but Sprout has bags on their website like:

Baked Sweet Potatoes & White Beans
Curried Red Lentils & Glazed Carrots with Jasmine Rice
Black Beans & Sweet Corn with Greens & Wild Rice

and more... and I'm sure there are other brands out there too.

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http://www.amazon.com/Emergen-C-ElectroMIX-Packets-36-Count-Pack/dp/B001E5E114

 

Why stuff that does not require a can opener? Are you still stressing about bpa?



Yeah, I tend to stress about carcinogens in my kids food. However, my main reason here is cans are heavy and can openers can get lost.

 

Thanks for the electromix link. A sugar free electrolyte mix. Who woulda thunk? Do you know if there are any that contain sodium?


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Another thought for you, might sound silly, but what about baby food pouches (Sprout or whatever) -- they don't have lots of extra ingredients, they are nutritious, readily prepared, easy for a kid to open, and last a long time. I don't know if they are all pureed or if some are just mush or something, I never did baby food, but Sprout has bags on their website like:
Baked Sweet Potatoes & White Beans
Curried Red Lentils & Glazed Carrots with Jasmine Rice
Black Beans & Sweet Corn with Greens & Wild Rice
and more... and I'm sure there are other brands out there too.


Those are GREAT. And curry in a baby food? Who knew? My kids love curry. The website says they sell these at multiple stores around here. Can't wait to try them. Thanks.

 


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Catnip, your link helped me find these: http://www.amazon.com/Trace-Minerals-Research-Electrolyte-Raspberry/dp/B001G7QZ1E/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1WMLSZIXSRNK5&colid=3N4B03I6ZTMNF

 

Thanks so much.


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I have dehydrated foods that I made, and canned foods from my mother (jams that she made with beet sugar and no pectin for us, for example, pickled beets, and zucchini relish). We had kosher/sea salt in our emergency bin because my kids and I couldn't have corn (dextrose is usually corn sugar by the way; I haven't actually seen it from cane sugar). My son couldn't have cane sugar for 2 years (we did beet sugar, date sugar, coconut/palm sugar, honey, and maple syrup - except that my daughter couldn't do beet sugar or honey, so for a while those were out as well). And not that you're looking for candy, but Hammonds Candies in CO has candy canes that are made from beet sugar (no cane sugar, and natural coloring). Other things in the emergency bin: toilet paper, biodegradable soap, GF oats (for the kids; I can't do them), dried fruit leather, navy beans, a round of palm sugar, maple syrup, buckwheat flour, a couple cans of coconut milk, a few cans of soup for the non-allergy people, applesauce in a jar (unsweetened), a couple cans of chickpeas, capsules of clay (these are for detoxing if one of the food-intolerant people gets contaminated food)...

 

My daughter can't have beef, gluten, cow dairy. My son can't have gluten, cow dairy, soy, eggs, white potatoes. And I can't have dairy, soy, cow/goat dairy, gluten, GF oats. But that's way better than a few years ago when we were all avoiding corn too (which is in everything) and about 60-70 more foods for each of the kids.

 

I also have an emergency duffel of clothes for everybody in my car (2 outfits, 1 pjs for each person) which has come in really handy if someone gets sick, we end up staying somewhere, or someone gets wet from something. And I have a container in the car with water, wet wipes, benadryl, encapsulated clay, bandaids, a paring knife, etc.


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Wow KJ, you make our list of no-no foods sound like a walk in the park. Thanks for the info.


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Another thought for you, might sound silly, but what about baby food pouches (Sprout or whatever)


Boy, I don't think that sounds silly at all!  That's a great idea for a go-bag.  I was giving these to my mother near the end when she couldn't even handle being fed with a spoon.  They have those little spouts that you can just squeeze the food into the mouth and they are quick and easy - no utensils required.  They don't have a ton of calories, but have some good nutrients and are light weight.  I have some left over and will put them in our go-bags today.  Thanks for the suggestion!

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I bought the Sprouts curried lentils yesterday. Neither my daughter nor I could eat it. There was no flavor in it. I'm going to try other flavors just in case they're better, but I was pretty disappointed.


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We never did baby food withmy son, but at 4, he loves those baby food pouches.... we've never done the meals, but sometimes.he'll get a fruit or a fruit veggie mix as a treat. They're expensive though.... he hated the pears though, and I had got a bunch on clearance with a coupon. I tasted them, and they were gross, which is weird,, since we both like real pears....

I cant complain though, when he wants a pumpkin banana pouch instead of asking for candy, lol

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We never did baby food withmy son, but at 4, he loves those baby food pouches.... we've never done the meals, but sometimes.he'll get a fruit or a fruit veggie mix as a treat. They're expensive though.... he hated the pears though, and I had got a bunch on clearance with a coupon. I tasted them, and they were gross, which is weird,, since we both like real pears....
I cant complain though, when he wants a pumpkin banana pouch instead of asking for candy, lol


I bought a number of the fruit and veggie baby food pouches and she can't stand any of them. She does like the applesauce crushers Trader Joe's sells. We tried some we got at Sunflower. The kids didn't like them plus they couldn't open them. I need pouches my kids can open in case there are no surviving adults.


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