Of course, if you're really, really invested in getting back to nature, maybe you've got some ammo and/or some good crossbow equipment stowed away; you've probably already learned how to use it and gone on a few hunting trips. You're probably also the type to have read all of the memoirs of Bear Grylls and Les Stroud, and also multiple books on the edible flora and fauna of your region's ecology. If that's the case, then you might be set preparation-wise. (And incidentally, can we talk? Because I might want to be BFFs with you if a catastrophe goes down.)
Me, though? I'm still just 2.5 years into this whole foods lifestyle - that's still not so long that I don't remember my pre-paleo disaster prep shopping trips, which involved bagged/sliced bread, cereal, and other processed foods. In fact, rumor has it that Americans' buying patterns on average spike for beer and Pop-Tarts when a storm approaches. By now, I've been through a few inclement weather sessions in the last two and a half years - enough to get a better idea for how fast our family might go through certain staples, and to know what makes for good eats in the absence of power.
As the initial warnings about Hurricane Sandy started to reach a steady hum last Friday morning, I headed to Wegmans with my youngest daughter. Meat and produce filled my cart...but yes, also a couple of carefully selected treats - as in, the kind I might indulge in once every couple of months - hard apple cider, and one pack of gluten free dairy free cookie dough.. (It was, after all, supposed to be the storm of the century!) The handy thing about being trapped at home in a storm was that limited indulgences remained limited; it's not as though I was able to drive 20 minutes through all manner of rain and wind to Wegmans to get more cookie dough. When that batch of cookies was gone, it was (sniff!) gone.
Thankfully, despite my jokes about paleo disaster prepping seeming expensive, it doesn't need to be. It undeniably costs more than creating a stockpile of pasta and cereal, but there are a lot of ways to save money on paleo-friendly nonperishables. Amazon saves our family time and money because we buy a lot of these nonperishables through its Subscribe & Save program, which delivers directly to our doorstep on intervals that we chose. Using this program, we've gradually built a nice stockpile of nonperishable paleo-friendly staples that have been complementing the fresh foods I grabbed at Wegmans - including many that work with my 2 year old's GAPS diet, too. Almost all of our nonperishables have been bought at the lowest prices I've been able to find online or in stores, via Amazon.com's Subscribe and Save program. Often the Subscribe & Save items come in bulk quantities, which has saved us a lot of money over the long run, especially when compared to the marked up retail prices on individual packages at the store. We don't receive these items every month - they are each on a staggered schedule, so we might get one item every other month, or another item every 6 months, all depending on our family's ability to use it up and our food budgeting priorities.
Here are some of the nonperishable items we've bought and enjoyed in the past that are available on Subscribe and Save:
Nonperishable Snack Foods and Lunchbox Staples*, nice for when power is out:
- Navitas Naturals Really Raw Organic Cashews
- Newman's Own Mini Boxes of Organic Raisins
- Bare Fruit Organic Dried Apple Chips
- Go Raw Carrot Cake Super Cookies (sweetened only with dates, they're wee and crunchy)
- Macadamia Nuts
- Justin's Nut Butters (Jars and Single Serve Packets)
- Unsweetened Organic Sunbutter
*One of our daughter's schools has a nut-free cafeteria but a nut-OK classroom; the other's school does not exclude nuts at all. Sunbutter, apple chips, and raisins are just some of the nut-free choices out there. Remember to shop according to your particular lunchtime destinations' parameters and your family's own dietary needs.
Nonperishable Bulk Baking and Cooking Supplies:
Nonperishable Bulk Baking and Cooking Supplies:
- Nutiva Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Allergen-Friendly Chocolate Chips
- Organic Canned Pumpkin (Farmer's Market cans are BPA-free)
- Shredded Unsweetened Organic Coconut (yea, macaroons!)
- Navitas Naturals Raw Organic Cacao Powder
- Navitas Cacao Nibs
- Coconut Milk
- Organic Coconut Manna (aka coconut butter)
- Gluten-Free Corn-Syrup-Free Vanilla Extract
- Organic Raw Honey (I alternate between this and a local raw honey)
- Chebe Pizza Crust (allergen-friendly and grain-free - it's made of tapioca starch)
- Honey Straws (a nice preportioned portable honey source)
What primal and paleo nonperishables have you been stocking in your pantry? After Hurricane Sandy, are you planning on stocking your pantry in case of more inclement weather later this winter?
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