Pantry Style Foods

What Are Pantry-Style Foods?

Pantry-style foods (also known as “Shelf Stable”) are goods that can be safely stored in a sealed container at room temperature, and do not require refrigeration. Canned vegetables, dry pastas and other pantry-style goods are essential to delivering nutritionally-dense, cost effective meals. What many consumers may not know is that shelf stable foods are just as, if not more, nutritionally dense as fresh or frozen foods. 

Canned foods can be just as nutritious as fresh and frozen foods because the process of canning preserves many nutrients.

Esther Ellis, MS, RDN, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Pantry-Style Foods vs. Fresh Foods

Canned and pouched foods have a more cost-efficient supply chain vs. fresh foods

Picked at the peak of freshness, ensuring optimal nutrient quality and flavor

Reduced food waste: the average American family throws out an estimated 25% of the foods and beverages they buy

Amount of minerals, fat-soluble vitamins, protein, fat, and carbs remain relatively unchanged

Increased intake of key nutrients including fiber and potassium year-round

Convenient way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet

Making your investment go further

Kapica C and Weiss W. Canned Fruits, vegetables, beans and fish provide nutrients at a lower cost compared to fresh, frozen or dried. J Nutr. Food Sci. Vol 2. Issue 2, 2012. Data used did not include cost of preparation time.

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