Vegan Emergency Food Supply & Storage

by Alena

Be prepared for any catastrophe with this vegan emergency food supply list and simple storage tips! Stock up on staple items that’ll last for months or years.

It has become apparent in times like these few past years that we can never know what might happen!

From power outages to financial crises, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, novel pandemics or the risk of weapon use — unfortunately, the reasons to stock up and be prepared are manifold.

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With our vegan emergency food list, you’ll be able to buy essential staple foods for you and your family! Here are great pantry meals you can create out of them.

Find budget-friendly choices and easy plant-based snacks from the store that can last you months and months.

You can also order some snack boxes online or use our ingredients checker to spot vegan-friendly items at the grocery store for more help!

Vegan emergency food supply

Pantry staples

  • Rolled oats
  • Dried beans & lentils
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Farro 
  • Cornmeal
  • Rice noodles
  • Flours, all kinds
  • Sugar 
  • Cereal
  • Granola
  • Textured vegetable protein
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Nut & seed butter
  • Instant potatoes
  • Vital wheat gluten
  • Shelf-stable tofu 
  • Taco shells
  • Bread
  • Vinegar
  • Oils
  • Maple syrup
  • Freeze-dried fruit
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Canned goods

  • Canned beans
  • Canned lentils
  • Canned carrots
  • Canned green peas
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Jackfruit
  • Pumpkin, sweet potato
  • Canned tomatoes (diced, sauce, paste)
  • Canned peaches, pears, pineapple
  • Refried beans (check the label!)
  • Mushrooms
  • Coconut milk & cream
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Curry paste
  • Vegan chili
  • Ravioli
  • Canned soups

Fresh produce

These items can often be kept for several weeks when stored correctly.

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Green bananas
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Oranges
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Seasonings

  • Iodized salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika (sweet, hot, smoked)
  • Curry powder
  • Soy sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Cinnamon
  • Italian seasoning
  • Ketchup
  • Hot sauce, BBQ sauce

Snacks & treats

  • Chips
  • Applesauce 
  • Vegan cookies
  • Oreos
  • Popcorn
  • Protein bars
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Vegan jerky 
  • Salsa
  • Pretzels
  • Energy bars
  • Jam or jelly
  • Dark chocolate
  • Chocolate chips
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Liquids

  • Water
  • Vegetable stock
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Juices
  • Coffee creamer

Other

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Vegan protein powder
  • Prepared food pouches
  • Supplements 

Freezer & fridge

If you’re not anticipating or dealing with a power outage, then having your freezer or fridge stocked with emergency food is really helpful! 

It can often be kept for months or even years — and even if you’re experiencing a power outage, you can eat food from your freezer for a couple of hours or even days before it goes bad.

  • Frozen vegetables
  • Frozen fruit
  • Potato products (hash browns, fries etc.)
  • Ready-made meals
  • Vegan pizza
  • Vegan meats
  • Vegan cheese
  • Vegan ice-cream
  • Vegan butter
  • Kale & other veggies keep better in the fridge than on the counter

Kitchen equipment

  • Knives
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board
  • Can opener
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Cast iron pots & pans
  • Grilling utensils
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Storage tips

Depending on your living situation, it can be pretty tough to find a suitable space to store your emergency items!

It’s a good idea to start small and just buy a few extra cans or packages during your usual grocery shopping and stock them on a separate shelf in your pantry or cupboard.

Take a look around your home and see whether you can find a spot in your basement, spare bedroom, linen closet or even the garage where you could fit a box or two of these emergy food items!

Be aware that they can pack quite a bit of weight, so choose sturdy shelves or a place on the floor.

Food safety

You can eat lots of food even after the “best before” or “use by” date — this is especially true for plant-based products like pasta or canned tomatoes.

Keep your food covered in containers and throw it away if it has an unusual odor, color or texture!

If cans are swollen or corroded, don’t eat the food inside.

Without electricity or a cold source, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can become unsafe after a short period of time. However, you can still eat thawed food if it’s “refrigerator cold.”

An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours without power!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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