I know what many preppers will be thinking: There are no vegetarians after the apocalypse.
That may be true. Life for a vegetarian after societal collapse will not be easy. You will need caloric intake and your present ability to discriminate where those calories come from will be greatly diminished. Six months after the collapse, are you, the vegan, going to pass up on freshly harvested whitetail deer? I doubt it.
by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper
Being a Vegetarian After the Apocalypse
While it may be true that vegetarians will have to sacrifice dietary habits after a collapse, there are vegetarian preppers, hikers, and campers who seek out long-term freeze dried food options today. And while there are fewer options available to them, vegetarian and vegan freeze dried foods do exist.
What’s more, you meat lovers will desperately need to balance your diet of squirrel and deer with actual dietary diversity, i.e. fruits and vegetables. It is imperative that you add these to your food supply regardless of whether you have a garden or not.
If you read SHTFblog’s Prepper’s Guide to Freeze Dried Foods, you know that freeze-drying allows for the long-term preservation of meat in lightweight packaging for easy transport and storage. While many people love their meat (and many freeze dried food manufacturers reflect that through their products), after extensive research, I found long-term animal-friendly foods for vegetarians and vegans to consider.
I have organized the following products by meal type and manufacturer. Life as a vegetarian after societal collapse will be tough.
Shopping for Vegetarian and Vegan Freeze Dried Foods
Many beginning preppers immediately think of Mountain House when it comes to buying freeze dried foods, but in many cases, you can actually find better deals buying in bulk from other manufacturers who do not have the same name recognition but are generating equally good products.
Freeze dried foods should not be your sole source of long-term food supply for survival scenarios, but not should your supply of food leave out freeze dried options. Diversity is what you are looking for (and a balanced diet).
To save money, preppers should watch for deals and different manufacturers have different deals going on at different times. Watch for them! Most of my suggestions come from these five companies:
Valley Food Storage (at the time of this writing during COVID-19), is sold out of many of their products. This is something else to stay mindful of – during any SHTF-type event, freeze dried foods fly off the shelves and the time it takes to bring them back to market can be very long. In other words, do not wait until you need to store this food – buy it now!
Freeze Dried Vegetarian Breakfasts
What quick all-in-one breakfast options to add non-meat vitamins and nutrients to your long-term food storage? Get yourself a breakfast bucket of freeze-dried breakfast delights at Legacy Food Storage. This is 36 pounds of food, folks! Each bucket contains these non-GMO meals:
- Nine-grain cereal mix
- Maple oatmeal with brown sugar
- Strawberry creamy wheat
- Old fashioned pancake mix
Competing with that bucket, My Patriot Supply offers the Ultimate Breakfast Kit from My Patriot Supply has a 140-serving variety pack the combines freeze-dried and powdered items including:
- Maple Grove oatmeal
- Buttermilk pancakes
- Strawberry flavored creamy wheat
- Powdered whey milk
- Orange energy drink
- Scrambled eggs
Mountain House has freeze-dried granola with milk and blueberries that comes in either a 39 oz can or individual-sized pouch to start your morning off right. Strawberry granola from Peak Refuel is a great breakfast option for your favorite vegetarian.
Don’t Forget the Coffee!
Breakfast is not breakfast without a hot cup of coffee, and nothing is more vegan than coffee. My Patriot Supply knows this. That is why they offer freeze-dried Franklin’s Finest Colombian coffee, which has a shelf-life of up to 30 years!
There are not many options for those that wish to eschew all animal products, but I did find a delightful Mountain Berry Granola. This is a breakfast for vegan champions with rice milk, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Vegetarian Lunches and Dinners
Legacy Food Storage has a set of eight vegetarian meals perfect for lunch or dinner. All of these freeze-dried meals are non-GMO and gluten-free too. This entree bucket includes:
- Enchilada, beans, and rice
- Cheese and broccoli bake
- Creamy a la king
- Cheese and broccoli soup mix
- Vegetable and rice soup mix
- Potato soup mix
- Classic chili mix
- White bean chili mix
The 120 serving entree bucket has 12 different entrees including:
- Italian pasta with marinara
- Pasta alfredo
- Pasta primavera
- Vegetable and rotini pasta
Finally, Valley Food Storage has several vegetarian, gluten and soy free entrees such as:
- Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup
- Sweet and Sour Asian Rice
- White Bean and Lime Chili
- Fettuccine Alfredo
- Pasta Primavera
- Tomato Basil Soup
- Mac and Cheese
Vegan Lunches and Dinners
Again, there weren’t as many cheese and milk-free alternatives. However, the Mango Habanero Chili and Enchilada Beans and Rice meals from Valley Food Storage are not only vegetarian, gluten and soy-free, but also dairy-free. They are GMO and preservative-free as well. Three Bean Chili Mac from Peak Refuel is high in protein and vegan. It has macaroni noodles, vegetables, and beans in a sweet sauce.
Vegetarian Freeze-Dried Dairy Options
Freeze-dried Shredded Mozzarella Cheese or Shredded Colby Cheese from Augason Farms makes excellent toppings for whatever meal you have in mind. Shredded cheddar cheese can be ordered from Valley Food Storage.
Vegetarian and Vegan Vegetables
Vegetables can be used in conjunction with the main course, eaten alone, or added to soups and salads for savory flavoring. Take a look at the options we found for our no-meat pals!
At Augason Farms, you can find:
Get your freeze-dried vegetables by the bucket at ReadyWise. You’ll get 120-servings of peas, broccoli, corn, and green beans with this purchase.
Vegetarian and Vegan Fruits
There’s nothing like fresh fruit to satisfy a sweet tooth. When that’s not possible, a supply of these freeze-dried varieties is a sensible alternative.
Vegetarian Meat Flavoring
Pasta, grains, vegetables, and fruit are a no-brainer with freeze-dried foods. However, if you have a hankering for meat but are animal-friendly, then take a look at these no-kill flavoring options you can use in stews, soups or as meat extenders! Add them to your favorite freeze-dried meal and voila! Everybody is satisfied.
Augason Farms offers: chicken, taco, bacon, and beef vegetarian meat substitutes. These are made with textured vegetable protein and come in large institutional cans with a lid. They have a shelf life up to 10 years, so no worries there. They also have a Veggie Black Bean Burger mix, which is gluten-free with zero saturated fat and zero cholesterol.
Vegetarian Freeze Dried Conclusion
When it’s time to add to your prepper or camping stockpile, there’s no reason to leave behind cruelty-free food choices. Your vegan and vegetarian loved ones will thank you!
What about you meat lovers? Are you adding vegetables to your SHTF food supply? Let me know in the comments.