Non-perishable Foods And How To Utilize Them

If you can’t get to the store or you’re on a tight budget, check your kitchen cupboard for non-perishable foods. These items can be used in a variety of ways and they are an excellent addition to any kitchen.

What foods are non-perishable?

These foods don’t require refrigeration and are commonly found in a kitchen cupboard or pantry. They are requested during food drives because they last longer, and some don’t even require you to heat them.

Canned goods

Grab a can opener and get ready to create something tasty.

Canned meats
Canned tuna fish, chicken, and ham can be used to make a sandwich (think chicken or tuna salad), can be mixed with pasta, added to salads, made into a dip, or can be served alongside some eggs.

Canned vegetables
When it comes to canned vegetables, there are plenty of options. Common ones include peas, carrots, white and sweet potatoes, canned beans (green beans, chickpeas, kidney beans and more), and corn. They can be warmed up as a side dish, can be added to soups or salads, or can be thrown together with other leftovers to reinvent a meal.

Canned fruit
Canned fruit can come in syrup, water, or juice. If you’re looking to cut down on sugar, stick to the water or juice options. Peaches, oranges, pears, mixed fruit cocktails, and pineapple are great as a healthy snack or a quick dessert. You can even use them as toppings for your ice cream or mix them in with Jell-O or whipped cream.

Favorites like chicken noodle, chili, wedding, and minestrone pair nicely with a grilled cheese or can be eaten alone. However, you can also use soups like broccoli and cheese, tomato, mushroom and more in casserole recipes, to flavor roasts, and even in some baked good recipes.

Dry goods

No kitchen pantry is complete without these. Dry goods offer a ton of options and some of them can be mixed to create foods like bread, muffins, and more.

Rice and pasta
These items are go-to’s when it comes to making a fast, easy meal. Plus, there are so many varieties nowadays. Switch up your dinner routine when you use whole wheat or red lentil pasta. For rice, there’s long grain, red, brown, jasmine, and basmati varieties.

Flour and sugar
While commonly known as ingredients for baking, flour and sugar can be used in other ways too. For example, you can use flour to thicken up a thin soup and you can use sugar to help heal a bug bite.

From oatmeal to granola to kid’s favorites, cereals and cereal bars make a quick breakfast, snack, or can be used in many baking recipes.

Having a can or two of nuts is always a good idea as you can eat them as a snack, add them to salads or pasta dishes, use it to make pesto, and mix it in with a variety of baked goods.

Dried fruit
If you’ve never had a piece of dried fruit, you’re missing out. Dried fruit is just regular fruit that been thrown into a dehydrator. Try banana chips, apple chips, dried mango, kiwi and more. They can be added to a bowl of oatmeal, mixed in with a salad, and make a great on-the-go snack.

Other items

Last but not least, this handful of items can be kept at room temperature and can be used in many ways.

  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Powdered milk
  • Syrup
  • Oil (Vegetable, Olive, Canola, etc.)

Where to buy non-perishable food items

Stop by your local grocery store, Target, or Walmart. Even select drug stores have an aisle that carries a few of these items. 

How to store non-perishable foods

Since the foods listed above don’t need to be in the refrigerator, they can be stored in a cupboard or pantry as long as it’s room temperature.

Non-perishable food recipes

Not sure what to cook or how to best use non-perishable food items, that’s ok. You can find plenty of recipes online to help get you started.

In short, make sure you add a few non-perishable foods to your cart the next time you go grocery shopping. They're affordable, convenient, and versatile.