The Best ORAC Foods to Stockpile

ORAC stands for ‘oxygen radical absorbance capacity.’ It is a measuring unit that determine a specific food’s antioxidant ability. The more antioxidants a food will have, the higher the value of the ORAC unit.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and thereby lead in overall long-term safety. Naturally, you might think: why should I care about SHTF’s long-term health? No, you shouldn’t probably. Yet you’re likely to change your stock of food if you’re like me. So when your cans expire … you can eat a healthy and balanced meal instead of throwing them away.

Below is a classified collection of rich foodstuffs from ORAC which is also suitable for storage. Therefore, some rich ORAC items may not be listed unless they are easily stored or stored for at least one year in non-frozen storage. In addition, other products, including dehydration and vacuum processing, may need to be processed somewhere before stockpiling.

ORAC Food Type: Legumes, Nuts and Seeds

Pecans

  • Pecan Nuts

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 17,940 Units

Shelf life: 1-2 years if they are kept in the freezer. Left in their shell and stored in a cool, dry place, pecans will stay fresh for 6 to 12 months and will maintain their taste.

 

  • Kidney beans

beans

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 8,459 Units

Shelf life: 2-5 years if kept in original canned packaging, but 8-10 years if stored in dried form in hermetically sealed, oxygen free packaging.

Related: How to Dry Can Beans and Rice for a Shelf Life of 20 + Years

  • Lentils

lentils orac value

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 7,282 Units

Shelf life: 2-5 years if kept in original canned packaging, but 8-10 years if stored in dried form in hermetically sealed, oxygen free packaging.

 

  • Soy beans

soybeans orac

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 5,764 Units

Shelf life: 1-2 years if dried and kept in an airtight container. However, shelf life can be prolonged by several years if the soy beans are in dried form and in hermetically sealed, oxygen free packaging.

 

  • Almonds

almonds orac

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 4,454 Units

Shelf life: 1-2 years if kept in original sealed can or bottle. You can use almonds to make 2400 calorie emergency ration bars designed to feed you for a full day.

Related: 50 Foods to Dehydrate for Your Stockpile

  • Red Rice, Uncooked

Long-Grain-Red-rice

ORAC Value per 100 grams:  Units 3,598

Shelf life: 12-18 months if stored in the refrigerator and up to a year in the pantry.

 

 

ORAC Food Type: Vegetables

  • Artichokes

artichoke

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 9,416 Units

Shelf life: 2-5 years if kept in original canned packaging.

 

 

  • Jalapeno Peppers, Dried

jalapeno poppers

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 8,250

Shelf life: 1-2 years if kept in sealed packaging.

 

 

 

  • Kalamata Olives

kalamata olives

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 8,250

Shelf life: 1-2 years if kept in original canned packaging.

 

  • Raw Garlic

garlic

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 5,708

Shelf life: 1 year if the bulbs are kept in a cool dry place.

Related: Canning Lemon/Lime Curd

 

ORAC Food Type: Spices

  • Ground cloves

cloves orac

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 314,446 Units

Shelf life: 3+ years. Commercially purchased dried and ground cloves will not spoil if kept in an airtight container, but potency is lost over time.

 

  • Ground cinnamon

ground cinammon

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 267,536 Units

Shelf life: 3+ years. Commercially purchased ground cinnamon will not spoil if kept in an airtight container, but potency is lost over time.

 

  • Dried oregano

dried-oregano

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 200,129 Units

Shelf life: 3+ years. Commercially purchased dried oregano will not spoil if kept in an airtight container, but potency is lost over time.

 

  • Dried parsley

dried parley

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 74,349 Units

Shelf life: 1-3 years if kept in an airtight container, although potency is lost over time, but you can grow it indoors.

 

  • Dried basil

dried-basil

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 67,553 Units

Shelf life: 1-3 years if kept in an airtight container, although potency is lost over time.

 

 

  • Dill weed

dill-weed

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 4,392 Units

Shelf life: 1-3 years. Commercially purchased dill weed will not spoil if kept in an airtight container, but potency is lost over time.

 

 

ORAC Food Type: Fruits and Berries

  • Freeze-dried acai berry

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 102,700 Units

Shelf life: 2-3 years if kept in sealed packaging.

 

 

  • Golden Raisins

golden-raisins

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 10,450 Units

Shelf life: 1-2 years if kept in sealed packaging.

 

 

  • Prunes

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 6,552 Units

Shelf life: 1-2 years if kept in sealed packaging.

 

 

  • Dried pears

dried pears

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 6,552 Units

Shelf life: 1-2 years if kept in sealed packaging.

 

 

ORAC Food Type: Miscellaneous

  • Cocoa powder (unsweetened)

Cocoa powder Orac

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 80,933 Units

Shelf life: Commercially purchased cocoa powder will last indefinitely if kept in its original, sealed packaging. Here are Top 20 Things You Need To Grab Before The SHTF Journey.

 

  • Peanut butter

Peanut-Butter

ORAC Value per 100 grams: 3,432 Units

Shelf life: 2+ years if commercially manufactured and sealed in an airtight container.

 

End Note

The above shelf lives are under pantry conditions, i.e. a somewhat cool, dark and dry place. If long-term frozen storage is available, the shelf lives would be greater for most of the listed items or not require some of them to be dried or hermetically sealed to maintain an equivalent shelf life.

Originally posted 2020-09-30 07:00:09.