Developing a list of gluten free foods and stock piling them is a solid plan for preparing for minor emergencies as well as major societal changes and breakdown. The side effects of gluten intolerance are definitely something to avoid at any time, but especially when you are dealing with post-apocalyptic challenges.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and other grains that causes some people intestinal distress, sometimes from the time they are children but it can lie dormant until adulthood. You may be sensitive to gluten or wheat but the conditions are not present for it to seriously affect your health.
According to the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), the American Dietetic Association has a list of gluten free foods that includes:
Whether you or a loved one has a wheat allergy, celiac disease or gluten allergy, you need to be careful of hidden wheat or gluten in flavorings or modified food starch. If a product contains wheat, the law requires that the manufacturer list it in the ingredients. Cross contamination can occur with other foods such as oats, which are gluten free naturally but are often processed with machinery that processes wheat.
In compliance with law, Emergency Essentials posts that their Provident Pantry and My Choice staples such as rice and potatoes are processed in plants that also processes wheat. You can however purchase Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) that are gluten free and a list of gluten free foods from the Mountain House brands that are freeze dried include:
Emergency Essentials or beprepared.com does clearly list the potential allergens for all their products under the list of ingredients.
If you are looking for a quick dinner now or in a survival situation, The Ready Store has a collection of completely gluten free entrees in #10 cans and that list of gluten free foods includes:
You can buy these in a six can ready pack or individually, The bulk staples of Saratoga Farms brand warn that they are processed in facilities that handles wheat.
You should prepare a list of gluten free foods, you can grow including vegetables and fruit. Find the grain that grows in your area and begin growing it now to troubleshoot any problems that you might encounter, while you still have access to expert advice and products.
Both the Ready Store and Emergency Essentials carry heirloom seeds that are free of all allergens. Some of the seed packets that you can get from the Ready Store include:
You can make your own corn meal, bean meal and oat flour with the right grain mills. Emergency Essentials sells the electric Nutrimill Mini Seed Mill and grinder that are good for oily seeds and grains. It also offers the Wonder Mill Junior Deluxe Hand Grain and Flour Mill that you hand crank, which will serve you well when you are in a survival situation.
You also should learn to cook from scratch using your homegrown gluten free harvest. Not only do you have a chance to practice, you and your family have time to develop a taste for gluten free cooking. The Ready Store has a variety of cook books such as Dinner Is in the Jar, Cookin with Rice and Beans as well as others that can guide you as you go forward with your gluten free menus.
To prepare for you or your loved ones, you should make a list of gluten free foods, both the prepared foods as well as the fresh foods that you can cook or turn into flour such as rice flour. You need to plan food supplies in general, but if you also need to plan for someone who has severe reactions to gluten or wheat, preparation is particularly important.