Vegan Food Storage Made Easy (shopping guide)

Oct 17, 2023

Are you ready for the next Zombie Apocalypse? 

Yeah, me neither. 

But I am prepared with a WORKING food storage for all my plant-based needs just in case there is another health event in our family. 

What is a working food storage?

Something you can use, replenish, and cook from daily.

This is not intended for a zombie apocalypse, but rather for a future pandemic, drought, sickness or job loss. Or just to help with your everyday food planning and budgeting. 

You want to stock up on basic staple items that are simple, affordable and multipurpose. You will be eating from this food storage regularly, and then replenish as needed. Every family eats differently, so feel free to add, take away or adjust items to your needs. Keep in mind that wheat flour and brown rice can last about 6 months, where white flour can last about a year, and white rice or wheat groats can last up to 30 years or more if stored correctly.

These are all shelf stable items so if the power went out and everything in your freezer was spoiled, you would still have plenty of food to draw from. But feel free to add more frozen veggies, berries, and fruit to this list as well as fresh produce and breads. You may also want to add non-grocery store items to your list such as toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, and medicine. 

You can take this as a list and buy it all at once, (Like I did in my YouTube video HERE) OR spend a little extra money each week during your regular shopping trip. I have outlined this list based off of weeks, so it doesn't feel overwhelming. If you follow it, you will have a great working food storage in a little over 3 months that didn't break your budget. 

Your Weekly Shopping List:

Week 1: 5 lbs of rice per family member (can add quinoa or couscous as well) 

Week 2: 2 jars or cans of tomato sauce per family member. 

Week 3: 1 (16oz) Jar of peanut butter and jam/honey per family member

Week 4: 5 pounds of chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans or lentils per family member (mix of dried and canned)

Week 5: One container of oats (42 oz) per family member

Week 6: One 5 lb bag of flour per family member

Week 7: 3 pounds of dry pasta per family member

Week 8: 5 pounds of your preferred sweetener (honey, sugar, brown sugar, etc)

Week 9: 5 cans of fruit per family member

Week 10: 5 cans of EACH of your favorite vegetables per family member

Week 11: 1-2 cans of veggie broth paste per family member

Week 12: 1 bag of nuts per family member

Week 13: 2 containers of olive oil and avocado oil per family 

Week 14: 2 containers of shelf stable almond or soy milk as well as cans of coconut milk for each member of your family

Week 15: Your choice of cereals, condiments (soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, etc) and nutritional yeast. Make sure to also include vinegar (apple cider, balsamic) and spices.  

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