Most preppers stock a significant amount of dry milk because it’s so highly perishable that it tends to be one of the first things that people run out of when a disaster strikes.
But for someone who has difficulty digesting lactose, adding that kind of milk to their coffee or cereal is asking for a world of hurt. According to the Mayo Clinic (2), the symptoms of lactose intolerance usually appear 30 minutes to two hours after eating something that contains dairy. The symptoms include:
- Nausea, and sometimes, vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
Definitely not something you want to add to an already unpleasant situation.
It’s very easy to get dairy-free options at the grocery store, but what about options for your stockpile? There are a few products you can stock up on, depending on the type of non-dairy milk you prefer. I always recommend that preppers stock up on items that are the closest to their day-to-day foods as possible, to prevent potential difficulties like an upset stomach or an unpalatable taste.
These are also good options for anyone who follows a vegan or paleo diet.
Here are 7 different types of non-dairy milk, along with the pros and cons of them. For each, there is at least one shelf stable option. There are even a couple of DIYs!