August 4, 2012

Vegan Fridge Staples


I have had a few people email me and ask about transforming their fridge into a vegan fridge. If you are new to veganism, you may have some trouble deciding what your new staple items will be. You no longer have your normal dairy items, meat items or other animal products... so what will you have to buy? Here is a list of the staples I always keep in my fridge. :)

Sauces/Spreads
Agave Syrup as an alternative to honey.
Soy mayonnaise.
Jams.
Vegemite.
Peanut butter.


Dairy Alternatives
Dairy-free margarine, I use Nuttlex.
Soy milk/Rice Milk/Oat Milk

Meat Alternatives
Silken tofu.
Extra firm tofu.


Fresh Staples
Garlic.
Chilli.
Basil.
Rosemary.
Parsley.
Mint.
Lemons.
Limes.
Baby spinach.
Tomatoes.
Selected fruit.


Jarred Goods
Vegan green curry paste.
Vegan red curry paste.
Vegan korma paste.
Mango chutney.
Tahini.

Various mustards.
Capers.
Olives.
Sundried tomatoes.
Tamarind purée.
Pasta sauces.


Frozen Goods
Vegan puff pastry.
Frozen berries.
Frozen spinach.
Frozen bananas (once overripe)
Pizza bases.
Frozen vegetables.
Dark vegan cooking chocolate. 

15 comments:

  1. A lovely list! I like to add smoked tofu, herbed tofu, nutriotionel yeast, canned beans, canned chickepas, brown rice, etc!

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    1. Hi Sophie! I have a few of these on my vegan pantry list :) Thanks for your comment!

      http://www.veggieful.com/2012/08/vegan-pantry-staples.html

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  2. Miso is also great to have as you can use it to make so many things:)

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    1. Hello! I have just started using miso and you are so right!! :)

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  3. <American vegan here, and I've never heard of Vegemite. What does it taste like?

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    1. Hi Samantha,
      Vegemite is an Australian brown paste made from yeast extract. We like to use it as a sandwich or toast spread. It is really strong tasting and tastes very salty. Yummy yummy. It tastes like Marmite if you have ever tried that :)

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    2. What I'm wonderng about is cheese. I'm a vegetarian, trying to work my way towards veganism but the cheese is holding me back (I love it). What are my options?

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    3. Hello! Well so far I have tried a couple of toffuti cheeses which are really nice. You can purchase the Toffuti Cheese slices from Coles. On the other hand, Cheezly does some nice rolls that are great for on the tops of pizzas! :) You should go to your local health food store and ask about your options. Every store stocks different things :)

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    4. FutureMrsCampo, there are TONS of vegan cheeses! Daiya makes very good shreds that are super melty on pizzy and pasta, and there are also plenty of nut cheeses. You can buy them from the store, or youtube how to make your own! (Almond cheese is so far my favourite :) ). You can also buy rice cheese! I'm Canadian, so I don't think it would be too different over there.

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    5. Thanks Jennifer! I haven't been able to purchase Daiya around here yet but I can't wait to try it! :)

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    6. I've posted this elsewhere as well but you guys HAVE to try Notzarella! http://notzarella.com.au I wouldn't eat it alone but it melts beautifully!

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  4. I see that you show oat milk, and soy milk but I was wondering about Almond milk or is that not vegan?

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    1. Hi Beth! Yes, almond milk is vegan. I wrote this a while ago with al of the fridge staples that I normally used. I now use almond milk too. I use rice milk as well! I will update the list soon :)

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  5. Hi Madison,
    You mention having curry paste but most curry paste I come across contains shrimp.. Which do you use?
    Thanks, and LOVE the site!

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    1. Hello!

      I use the Pataks brand of Indian curry pastes and the green and red curry pastes from Aldi. Only ones that I have found that are vegan :)

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