100 economical non-perishable foods – Prudent Penny Pincher

Economical non-perishable food

Stock up on these affordable, non-perishable foods for emergency preparedness. Whether it is a natural disaster like a hurricane or a pandemic, when a disaster occurs, it is always best to prepare! This food list contains stable foods that you can store in your pantry for disaster preparedness. Here are the guidelines for stable food security on the shelves of USDA.gov. Even if you’re just looking to stock up or have a master pantry checklist, this list will come in handy.

In a hurricane situation, you will potentially have no power, so you must stick to foods that do not need to be cooked on a stove, microwave or refrigerated. I have placed a star next to these items for your convenience.

Non-perishable food

  1. Pasta
    1. spaghetti
    2. canned macaroni and cheese
    3. ramen
  2. pot pasta sauce
  3. pot Alfredo sauce
  4. rice
    1. White
    2. Brown
    3. jasmine
    4. Yellow
  5. quinoa
  6. Lentils
  7. stuffing mix
  8. Oats
  9. Cream of wheat
  10. dried beans
    1. black
    2. white (cannellini, navy)
    3. kidney
    4. garbanzo
  11. flour
  12. corn flour
  13. sugar
  14. breadcrumbs
  15. baking powder and baking soda
  16. oil and vinegar
  17. honey
  18. instant potatoes
  19. dehydrated hash browns
  20. baking mixes
  21. stuffing mix
  22. baked in a tin
  23. hamburger helper
  24. pasta salad mix like Suddenly Salad
  25. canned meals / ready meals
  26. powdered eggs
  27. powdered creamer for coffee
  28. Yeast
  29. Maple syrup
  30. soya sauce
  31. pickles
  32. Tabasco sauce
  33. condiment to go packets (mayo / mustard / relish / ketchup)
  34. salsa
  35. Olives
  36. processed cheese product like Velveeta
  37. commonly used herbs and spices
    1. salt
    2. pepper
    3. italian seasoning
    4. cumin
    5. paprika
    6. curry powder
    7. chili powder
    8. garlic powder
    9. cocoa powder
    10. vanilla extract
    11. broth cubes

      Canned non-perishable foods *

  38. tuna
  39. meat products (such as ham or salted beef)
  40. canned ready meals such as beef ravioli, spaghetti, chicken and meatballs, chili, etc.)
  41. chicken
  42. Salmon
  43. soups
  44. stews
  45. corn
  46. green beans
  47. mixed vegetables
  48. Beans
  49. peas
  50. carrots
  51. potatoes
  52. spinach
  53. diced tomatoes
  54. fruits (peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail, pumpkin)
  55. beef, chicken and vegetable broth
  56. sauce
  57. nacho cheese

    Drink Non-perishable food

    *

  58. self-stable milk
  59. evaporated milk
  60. non-dairy milk like canned coconut milk
  61. powdered milk
  62. hot chocolate powder
  63. juice
    1. Apple
    2. cranberry
    3. fruit punch
    4. grape seed
    5. vegetable juice
    6. lemon
  64. Gatorade
  65. the water
  66. tea bags
  67. coffee
  68. powdered drink mixes
  69. aromas for water
  70. meal replacement drinks like Ensure

    Non-perishable snacks *

  71. granola bars
  72. Applesauce
  73. protein bars like Clif
  74. Peanut Butter
  75. mountain mix
  76. dried beef (some dried beef can be very expensive, but I found that the Matador brand is reasonably priced ($ 3 per bag at Walmart)
  77. peanuts
  78. almonds
  79. cashew nut
  80. cookies
  81. crackers
    1. saltines
    2. butter crackers
    3. sandwich crackers
    4. graham crackers
  82. dry cereals
  83. rice cakes
  84. fruit snacks
  85. Chocolate
  86. vanilla wafers
  87. fruit leather
  88. raisins
  89. energy bar like LARABAR
  90. dried fruit (ALDI has very attractive prices compared to other places (at least in my region))
    1. dried cranberries
    2. dried bananas
    3. dried apples
    4. dried pineapple
    5. dried mango
    6. Dried apricots
  91. pretzels / chips
  92. fruit bars
  93. dried sausage
  94. tuna sachets
  95. pop corn

What foods can be frozen?

Keep in mind that if you have freezer space, you can also freeze many perishable items. It is really worth getting a chest freezer, not only to prepare for emergencies, but to buy items for sale and freeze them for future use. You can save hundreds of dollars just by doing this!

  1. Butter
  2. Bread
  3. Cheese
  4. Tortillas
  5. Pasta and pasta
  6. Broths, pestos and tomato sauces
  7. Herbs (frozen in small ice cube trays with olive oil)
  8. Eggs (cracked in ice cube trays)
  9. Meats (cooked and raw, including bacon and lunch meat)
  10. Fruits and vegetables
    1. Here is a tutorial to know how to freeze fruits and vegetables

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