How to Stockpile with Food Allergies
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How to Stockpile with Food Allergies

Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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PeanutsYes, you can stockpile even if someone in your family has food allergies. Just make sure that you separate the foods and products that contain allergens from the ones that are safe for you (or a member of your family). Here are some tips to help you create and maintain an allergy friendly stockpile.

Avoid cross-contamination
It is best to have an allergy-friendly stockpile that is located far away from your regular stockpile. This can help you avoid accidental cross-contamination. It will help prevent small particles of the foods that your family member is allergic to from making his or her food unsafe.

Purchase brand new plastic containers and resealable plastic bags for your allergy-friendly stockpile. Get a marker and write “Allergy-free” on them. Only use them to store foods that are safe for your allergic family member. Keep the storage containers absolutely separate from each other. Did you accidentally use the allergy-friendly container to store an unsafe food? That container cannot go back to the allergy-free stockpile.

How long does food last?
According to Silk, their shelf stable products (soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk) are sterile and hermetically sealed. They can be safely stored without refrigeration until they are opened. After opening, they must be stored in the refrigerator.

Their refrigerated products will stay fresh until the date that is stamped on the carton. Once you open them, they must be consumed within 7 to 10 days. Are you planning on stockpiling the same type of products that come from a different company? Check their website for full details about safe storage.

Gluten free pasta, no matter what it is made out of (corn, quinoa, rice) can be stored just like regular pasta. Don’t open the box until you are ready to use it. Some types gluten free flour need to be put in the freezer after the package is opened. Others can be stored in a container in the pantry. Read the packages for details.

Can you use coupons?
There are some coupons out there for allergy-free foods. However, they are not as easy to find as the other coupons. So, you might find a coupon that saves you a certain amount on one product.

It is very unlikely that you find many “buy one, get one free” types of coupons for allergy-friendly foods. In other words, stockpiling with food allergies makes it harder to become one of those “extreme couponers” who walks out of the grocery store with carts of free food.

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