Home Storage for the Celiac
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition affecting nutrient absorption and normal bowel function of the small intestine. Because it affects nutrient absorption, many additional symptoms, diseases and conditions are associated with it. It is caused by gluten and other proteins found in common grains. Celiacs cannot eat any kind of wheat, barley, rye, triticale, or, sometimes, oats. They are also limited in how much soy they can eat and may even need to avoid dairy products while the intestine heals.
Those with celiac disease must avoid gluten so it seems difficult to have food storage. It may be more expensive and take a little more work but it is possible due to the variety of foods now available.
The following are food storage recommendations for a celiac for 1 year:
300 lbs of grains including any of the following:
rice - any kind or kinds
dried field or dent corn
sorghum or milo
gluten free oats
Montina (Indian rice grass)
Timtana (Timothy grass)
white rice flour
brown rice flour
sweet rice flour
wild rice flour
gluten free all-purpose flour blend
60 lbs dried beans - any kind or kinds except soybeans. These include:
yellow split peas
green split peas
Flor de Mayo
other bean flours
50 lbs powdered milk when dairy can be tolerated or the equivalent in shelf stable dairy alternatives such as almond milk and rice milk.
5 lbs salt
60 lbs of sweeteners – This includes:
20 lbs of fats – This includes:
vegetable, nut, and/or olive oil
When most of these are in storage, add fruits and vegetables that are home canned, commercially canned, dehydrated or freeze dried without preservatives. Store the equivalent of 913 cups of food.
Then, add home canned or freeze dried meats without preservatives. The amount will be determined by how often meat is to be eaten.
Other things to add are:
seeds (sesame, poppy, flax, etc.)
powdered eggs or egg replacer
gluten free dough enhancer
seasonings without soy additives or MSG
home canned or gluten free convenience foods such as soup, stew and chili
A vegetable garden and sprouting seeds are also highly recommended.