Being a vegetarian or vegan means trying to store fruits, vegetables and other non-meat or non-animal products. Having the proper food storage will allow you to properly store such items for the long term. Keeping up your nourishment is vital, which means having a good variety of foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals. The typical items you can store include beans, rice, peanut butter and vitamin supplements. However, there are other whole grains and canned foods that you can stock up on as a vegan or vegetarian.
Purchasing Bulk Veg Food Items
Buying in bulk is cheaper and you’ll be able to stock up on much-needed food as quickly as possible. You will need to stock foods that are high in protein. Take a look at the list below to see what can be easily purchased and stored:
- Textured veggie protein: this can be kept on your shelves for up to a year, but if you have an oxygen absorber, it can last as long as 20 years. You can use this to make taco filling, veggie burgers and soups. It is cheap to purchase, usually costing less than $2 for a pound.
- Wheat gluten flour: this has a two year shelf life. It can be used to make Seitan, which is a source of protein for vegetarians. It is an easy recipe and can be added to bread as a form of yeast to make it rise. Seitan is also packed with plenty of nutrients. You can purchase this flour for under $4 at the time of this writing.
- Quinoa: a delicious, nutritional whole grain that lasts a very long time without going rancid. It is very versatile and cooks pretty fast. It has plenty of vitamins and can come in the form of flour, which can make pancakes. Quinoa grain is boiled like a rice and eaten with vegetables and other side dishes. It costs about $4 per pound.
- Nutritional yeast: if kept dry, it can last for about one year. It comes with B vitamins, which is necessary for vegans, who have a hard time finding foods that are rich in B vitamins.
- Beans, peas, seeds, etc: sprouting seeds is one of the best ways to get access to high nutrition as a vegan or vegetarian. They are high in protein and easy on the digestive tract. Not to mention, they are simple to grow. You can grow these indoors year round, allowing you to get hard to find vitamins in the dead of winter. Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas is another great source of proteins. They can be purchased in cans or in dry form. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top for complete protein.
- Sesame seeds: other than being high in protein, sesame seeds are an ingredient that can go on a variety of foods. The darker colored seeds tend to last a couple of months, while the hulled seeds become rancid. It can be toasted and added into stir fry or even breads. Some people even make sesame seed butter. You can purchase sesame seeds for about $5 per pound. Just one pound can last you a while though.
- Lentils: legumes are ideal for survival situations because they are cheap, cook fast and are tasty. They also come packed with iron and other minerals and vitamins. They go well with other foods that you make.
- Spices and herbs: not only do spices and herbs make a meal taste better, but they are also nutritional. A lot of spices like cayenne and habanera pepper are good for the blood and brain. Then herbs like basil, tarragon and dill weed can offer minerals and medicinal benefits.
These tips are great for folks who like to prep. It’s also a good idea to buy other items to prepare for emergencies, such as extra tires from Tire Buyer and toolkits from Home Depot