Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Prudent Prepping: Planning for Those Around You

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.
Q: How do you find the Crossfit enthusiast, the Vegan and the Gluten-Free person at a party?
A: Wait five minutes; they'll find you!
As funny or true as that sounds, only one of these people could have physical issues with what they eat. What I have in my stores needs to reflect who is in my group, or who might be the recipient of some of my prepping supplies. Due to the expansion of my prepping 'family', I'm having to plan slightly differently than before and include some gluten-free items, such as this:

Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice Pasta
Information on eating gluten-free from The Mayo Clinic:

A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.

The gluten-free diet is a treatment for celiac disease. Some people who don't have celiac disease also may have symptoms when they eat gluten, however. This is called non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity may benefit from a gluten-free diet. But people with celiac disease must be gluten-free to prevent symptoms and disease-related complications.

Please read the rest of the article for more information on dietary plans to supplement the vitamins that are normally added to breads and flours that the gluten sensitive person may be missing. If you have someone with gluten sensitivity in your prepping circle, you will need to make changes to your pantry.

Luckily for me, the person in my group has non-celiac sensitivity, so any complications are not life threatening. Having eaten this, I can say there is a small difference in texture and flavor, but not enough to be a problem if this was the only type of pasta available to me.

Other Items
The Uncle Bill's Tweezers (mentioned here) arrived over the weekend!
I chose to order the tweezers in the tube like the ones I had and lost, instead of the keychain version seen here. I think they will stay cleaner, and will store in my gear better, when kept in the tube.

The tweezer points are not as finely machined as the original set I had, but I think that with a bit of work they can be made like the original. What seems to be missing is a bevel along the underside (inside?) of the angled area to the point, which made the point finer and sharper for easier gripping of very fine slivers . The edge of the angled areas is also a bit rough and will be hit with a bit of wet and dry sandpaper after the undersides of the points get a bit of file work.

The Recap
  • Two Uncle Bill's tweezers ordered from Amazon: $7.60 each, $15.20 with free shipping. 
  • Brown Rice pasta from Trader Joe's: 16 oz. bag, $2.39.

If you have comments, suggestions or corrections, please post them so we all can learn. And remember, Some Is Always Better Than None!

NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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