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100 Budget-Friendly Non-Perishable Foods

Stock up on these budget-friendly non-perishable foods for emergency preparedness. Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a pandemic, when disaster strikes, it’s always best to be prepared! This food supply list has shelf stable foods that you can store in your pantry for disaster preparedness. Here are the guidelines for shelf stable food safety from USDA.gov. Even if you are just looking to stockpile or to have a master pantry checklist, this list will come in handy.

In a hurricane situation, you potentially won’t have power so you should stick to the foods that don’t need to be cooked on a stove, microwave or refrigerated. I’ve put a star next to those items for your convenience.

Dry Goods Non-Perishable Foods

  1. pasta
    1. spaghetti
    2. boxed macaroni and cheese
    3. ramen
  2. jarred pasta sauce
  3. jarred 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. dry beans
    1. black
    2. white (cannellini, navy)
    3. kidney
    4. garbanzo
  11. flour
  12. cornmeal
  13. sugar
  14. breadcrumbs
  15. baking powder and soda
  16. oil and vinegar
  17. honey
  18. instant potatoes
  19. dehydrated hash browns
  20. baking mixes
    1. pancake mix
    2. biscuit mix
    3. cornbread mix
    4. muffin mix
  21. boxed au gratin
  22. hamburger helper
  23. pasta salad mix like Suddenly Salad
  24. boxed ready meals  / precooked entrees
  25. powdered eggs
  26. powdered creamer for coffee
  27. yeast
  28. maple syrup
  29. soy sauce
  30. pickles
  31. tabasco sauce
  32. condiment to go packets (mayo/mustard/relish/ketchup)
  33. salsa
  34. olives
  35. processed cheese product like Velveeta
  36. 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. bouillon cubes

      Canned Non-Perishable Foods *

  37. tuna
  38. meat products (like ham or corned beef)
  39. canned pre-made meals like beef ravioli, spaghetti-Os, chicken and dumplings, chili, etc.)
  40. chicken
  41. salmon
  42. soups
  43. stews
  44. corn
  45. green beans
  46. mixed vegetables
  47. beans
  48. peas
  49. carrots
  50. potatoes
  51. spinach
  52. diced tomatoes
  53. fruits (peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail, pumpkin)
  54. beef, chicken and vegetable broth
  55. gravy
  56. nacho cheese

    Drink Non-Perishable Foods

    *

  57. shelf-stable milk
  58. evaporated milk
  59. nondairy milk such as canned coconut milk
  60. powdered milk
  61. powdered hot chocolate
  62. juice
    1. apple
    2. cranberry
    3. fruit punch
    4. grape
    5. vegetable juice
    6. lemonade
  63. gatorade
  64. water
  65. tea bags
  66. coffee
  67. powdered drink mixes
  68. flavorings for water
  69. meal replacement drinks like Ensure

    Snack Non-Perishable Foods*

  70. granola bars
  71. applesauce
  72. protein bars like Clif
  73. peanut butter
  74. trail mix
  75. beef jerky (some beef jerky can be very expensive, but I’ve found that the Matador brand is reasonably priced ($3 a bag at Walmart)
  76. peanuts
  77. almonds
  78. cashews
  79. cookies
  80. crackers
    1. saltines
    2. butter crackers
    3. sandwich crackers
    4. graham crackers
  81. dry cereal
  82. rice cakes
  83. fruit snacks
  84. chocolate
  85. vanilla wafers
  86. fruit leather
  87. raisins
  88. energy bar like LARABAR
  89. dried fruits (ALDI has great prices on these compared to other places (at least in my area))
    1. dried cranberries
    2. dried bananas
    3. dried apples
    4. dried pineapple
    5. dried mango
    6. dried apricots
  90. pretzels / chips
  91. fruit bars
  92. dried sausage
  93. tuna pouches
  94. popcorn

What Foods Can Be Frozen?

Keep in mind that if you have the freezer space, you can freeze many perishable items as well. It’s definitely worth getting a chest freezer, not just for emergency preparedness but for buying sale items and freezing them for future use. You can save hundreds of dollars just by doing that!

  1. Butter
  2. Bread
  3. Cheese
  4. Tortillas
  5. Doughs and Batters
  6. Broths, Pestos and Tomato Sauces
  7. Herbs (freeze in little ice cube trays with olive oil)
  8. Eggs (cracked into ice cube trays)
  9. Meats (cooked and raw including bacon and lunch meat)
  10. Fruits & Vegetables
    1. Here is a tutorial for how to freeze the fruits and vegetables

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