If we learned anything from the unfortunate global pandemic, it’s that disaster can strike at any moment and we should always be prepared for emergencies. Some supplies that you should always have in reserve include a first aid box, extra flashlights, and perhaps most important of all, a steady supply of emergency food. NO, we do not mean you start hoarding food like crazy and putting other people in distress in an already uncertain situation. Just some essentials that can last you for 3-4 days in case chaos prevails and the stores nearby you haven’t had a chance to restock yet.
Being vegan, you obviously need to worry about your emergency food supply being vegan-friendly. So, if stocking food is the need of the hour, vegan survival food like beans, fruits, and legumes can get you through tough times. But what if they are the first ones to run out? Or what else should your vegan emergency food supply contain in case you’re allergic to some of these? In this post, we’re going to go over all the must-have vegan food items to get you through an emergency situation.
Grains are a great source of carbohydrates and give you that extra boost of energy that you need to through a long day. Additionally, whole grains are an excellent source of fiber, which is necessary for easy digestion and facilitating regular bowel movement. Grains also contain essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and selenium, that promote proper body functioning. They also provide several ‘B’ vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate.
Most grains have a remarkably long shelf-life in dry storage. With grains, you have the option to eat them whole or further refine them to make all kinds of flours and treats; the possibilities are endless! The grains included in the following list are usually a part of the vegan pantry supply and you can use them to make nutritious and fulfilling meals in an emergency.
Grains: An Essential
- Grits or Malt O Meal
- Brown or white rice
- Oats: quick or rolled, flavored packets work too
- Ramen noodles
- Rice noodles
- Flour, all kinds
- Vital wheat gluten
- Crunchy taco shells
- Bread with a long shelf-life.
Beans and Legumes: Your Reliable Protein Source
Bean is a broad term that includes peas, lentils, and all types of legumes; (legumes are particularly large and fleshy plant seeds). Beans and legumes contain important amino acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins while most beans being typically low in fat. Additionally, beans and legumes are a great source of fiber, which is necessary for a healthy digestive system.
When dry-stored or in cans, beans and legumes enjoy a long shelf-life. The derivatives of beans like tofu and soy curls can also last longer if you store them properly. Here is a list of common beans and legume products that are ideal for your vegan emergency storage box.
Beans and Legumes: Bean Thinking About These?
- Canned refried beans
- Canned beans: black, pinto, chickpea, kidney, soy
- Dried beans of all kinds
- Split peas
- Red/brown lentils
- Canned green peas
- Shelf-stable tofu (Mori Nu brand)
- TVP (textured vegetable protein)
- Soy curls
Vegetables: GreenLighted On Our List!
Vegetables can not only spruce up a boring meal, but they also give you your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber; helping your body function smoothly. During an emergency, it’s important to make sure that you’re still getting essential nutrients – but vegetables and fruits spoil quickly, so how can they be part of your survival kit? Well, the answer is- freeze them! Vegetables can be stored fresh or frozen, dried, dehydrated and canned. Here are some healthy fruits and vegetables that you can store for an emergency, frozen or canned.
Vegetables: What To Put On The Table In Case of An Emergency
- Green beans
- Tomatoes and Tomato products- diced, tomato sauce, and paste
- Potato flakes (instant mashed potatoes)
- Potatoes and Yams (last longer when placed in cans)
- Freeze-dried vegetables like Kale and Broccoli, etc.
- Canned greens like Spinach and Collard Greens, etc.
Fruits: Getting your Vitamins
Like vegetables, fruits are also a great source of minerals and vitamins. The great thing about fruits is that, akin to vegetables, they can be stored in multiple ways: you can store them in cans, freeze-dry them, dry them, and when you run out of storage space, make jam out of them! There are certain types of fruits that can be stored on their own, without the need for refrigeration. However, if you think that your fresh fruit is going to spoil soon, make delicious loaves of bread and muffins with them. Here are some examples of fruits that can help in case of an emergency.
Fruits: Jam-ming in An Emergency
- Canned fruit: peaches, pears, oranges, pineapple, berries
- Dried fruits: raisins, dates, apricots, and more
- Flash freeze-dried fruit: blueberries, strawberries, mango, apples, and more
- Some fruits like apples and bananas have a long shelf life and can be stored in the refrigerator or in dry storage.
Nuts and Seeds: Stocking Up On the Good Fats
Nuts and Seeds provide the essential fats, minerals, and vitamins needed for healthy brain and body functioning. They are a source of good cholesterol as well and keep the heart healthy, although there are many other vegan sources for good cholesterol too.
Below, we’ve listed some common nuts and seeds and their derivatives that you can add to your vegan food supply. If you are allergic to a certain type of food, like peanuts, then omit them and customize your list to suit your specific needs.
Nuts and Seeds: Some Seed-sational Vegan Food Supplies
- Sunflower seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Flax seeds and ground flaxseeds
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Nut and seed butter
Shelf Stable Liquids
While solid food is essential, it is also smart to stock up on liquids in case of an emergency. But only go for liquids that are shelf-stable and do not spoil very quickly. Here below is a list of some common shelf-stable vegan liquids that are nutritious and good to have at home in case of an emergency.
Shelf Stable Liquids: What’s Good For an Emergency?
- Shelf-stable nut milk
- Vegetable stock
- Vegan Juice boxes
It’s always good to have a little seasoning in reserve and some spice to lift your spirits in an emergency. At this point, we’ve covered some of the essential vegan food supplies that come in handy when disaster strikes, but there are some more items that you should definitely consider keeping in store. These supplies can help you add extra flavor to existing meals and experiment with flavors, which will prevent you from redundant recipes and boredom of the same food during, say, a lockdown.
Others: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice
- Vegan oils (Olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil)
- Lemon juice
- Canned soups and chilies
- Prepared food pouches (available at Trader Joe’s and Target)
- Seasoned Vegetable Bases (such as the ones that “Better than Bouillon” offers)
- Nutritional yeast
- Spices: chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
- Curry Paste
- Vegan protein powder
- Sweeteners: sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup
- BBQ sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, and other condiments that you like
- Marinara sauce
- Soy sauce
- Coffee beans and teas, (if you like drinking them)
- Canned coconut milk and cream
- Vitamins (Don’t forget to stock up on your vitamins if you take them regularly. Here are some good vegan sources for Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D)
Your food options are limited during emergency situations, but it’s human nature to get bored of eating the same meal twice- or even thrice- a day. Also, not having food that you enjoy eating further brings down morales in an already scary situation. That’s why it’s important to store condiments and seasonings; so that you get to experiment a little with your recipes, add flavor and spices to amp it up. The best thing about these items is that they often have a long shelf-life, especially dry storage items like spices, sugars, and salts.
Snacks: For Midnight Cravings!
While snacks are not exactly “emergency food items”, you should definitely consider getting them if you’re going out on a survival quest or going underground. Because when you are stuck in a lockdown situation with barely anything to do, a supply of snacks and pleasure food is your best company during movie nights! Fortunately, there are a variety of vegan snacks available out there that you can add to your vegan not-so-emergency-yet-emergency food supply, and here’s a list of some of those snacks:
- Energy bars: Clif, Luna, Larabar
- Protein bars
- Oreos (Yes, there are vegan Oreos)
- Vegan chips: tortilla, other chips
- Granola bars
- Jams and jellies
- Dark chocolate
- Vegan chocolate chips
- Nutter Butter cookies
- Trail mix
Pet Food: Don’t Forget About Your Pets!
For emergencies, stock up on dry and canned pet foods for your furry friends. Don’t forget about pet treats as well, because your pets too, need some spirit uplifting during testing times. Depending upon the needs of your pet, keep medicines and distractions in case they’re prone to anxiety, depression or if they hurt themselves.
Common Pet Supplies
- Vegan pet food
- Vegan pet treats
- Cat litter
- Anything else your pet might need, such as vitamins, medicines, painkillers, bandages etc
- Pet toys, teethers
By cold items, we mean emergency supplies that can be stored in your refrigerator for prolonged periods of time. If you have access to organic produce and other food supplies, you can add these items to your list of organic vegan emergency food and increase their shelf life by refrigerating them.
Moreover, storing food in the freezer rather than in the fridge can further prolong its shelf life and maintain its freshness. If fresh produce is not freeze-dried, the crunch and texture of the fruits and vegetables might get affected, but they still work perfectly fine as emergency food.
Colds: What Vegan Food Can Chill in Your Fridge?
- Vegan “meats” (these are available at common supply stores such as Trader Joe’s. These can be used for adding that extra oomph to a boring meal or can be used to made sandwiches and other snacks.)
- Vegan cheese (sliced or shredded, vegan cheese brings new life to any meal)
- Vegan pizza and pies
- Vegan mayo, vegan butter, coffee creamer, etc.
- Bread (bread on its own doesn’t last very long, but frozen tortillas and bread stay usable for a long time)
- Many fruits and vegetables stay fresh for long while refrigerated (apples, carrots, avocados, etc.)
- Fresh bags of greens like Kale and Spinach (these can be added to your pasta and meals, or can be blended for delicious green smoothies)
- Frozen fruit and vegetables (frozen peas, frozen berries, and other similar items make cooking very easy. Stock up on them!)
Be Smart About Your Stock
The global pandemic really shook us all, and it’s natural to feel compelled to buy lots of food for an emergency. However, you should really just shop smart and stock up only on essential foods that have a long shelf life. There’s no need to go overboard!
Buying food items with a prolonged expiration date will minimize the chances of the food going to waste if not consumed immediately, and will also act as your emergency stash in case disaster strikes. So while we have listed so many food options, what vegan emergency food supply you really need depends on the type of emergency you’re going through. For example, in the case of a power outage, it’s not a good idea to stock up on cold items because they’ll go bad. In case of floods and rains, it might be difficult to store fresh and dried produce, so we would recommend going for canned goods for such an emergency. In fact, canned foods are always great survival food!