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Saturday, May 24, 2008

 

buggin'! (literally) :: how to store flour

it's such a complete and total drag to get all psyched up to bake something yummy and go to the cabinet to find bugs in the flour. so not cool. nothing deflates my balloon more than getting all prepped and excited to bake something and then find that i'm missing and ingredient or an ingredient is unusable. boo!

i realized pretty quickly that i need to find a new way of storing the flour. i have heard different things over the years about how to store it. the controversy seems to lie in the debate over whether or not to refrigerate it.

so, i did what i do whenever i have a kitchen conundrum in the baking category :: i went to my gurus--Rose Levy Beranbaum (her site is also in my side bar) and Regan Daley (if she has a blog or website, i'm not aware of it, so please please let me know if she has an online presence somewhere that you know of--for now, i link to her book). i have used RLB's Cake Bible for years and love it. it's comprehensive and amazing. for my birthday last fall, i received her Bread Bible and i haven't used that as much, admittedly, but the recipes i have tried i have liked. a lot.

what i learned from RLB is that storing in airtight containers is best. she also recommends freezing flour right in the paper sack. just pop it in a freezer zip top plastic bag first. no mention of refrigeration as a way of everyday storage.

RD recommends that you do keep white flours in airtight containers, but for whole grains and whole grain flours it's best to store in the fridge or freezer to prevent rancidity and prolong their life.

so, there you have it. now, i guess i need to get some airtight containers. presently my flour is just sitting in the cupboard with the top of the bag rolled down. yeah. . . no wonder it got buggy!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Tiffany said...

Oh no!!! I've been there.....that's actually the reason I began selling Tupperware...I had the buggies in my pantry and wanted more Tupperware than my budget allowed. So I started selling it, and now get it for FREE :-)

I've stored flour in the freezer before...my all-purpose was fine, but my bread and wheat flours got wierd. Now, I keep my flours in the fridge. I live down in the south though....so I keep a lot of things in the fridge that I wouldn't if I lived in a cooler/less humid climate.

I sure hope you find a solution!!! It really is disheartening to find bugs in your pantry.

May 25, 2008 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Pantry moths were the curse of my kitchen, and air-tight containers are definitely the way to go. Here's a tip: Start going to rummage sales and yard sales in your area. I've met all of my airtight storage needs at 25- to 50-cents each at church rummage sales. Can't beat 'em.

May 26, 2008 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I've got both those cookbooks and they're fab! That's a bummer about the bugs. You know that you can freeze flour too?

June 2, 2008 at 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a LOT OF TIMES BUGS IN YOUR FLOUR
GETS THERE BY LIFTING FLOUR OUT OF THE CONTAINER WITH YOUR HANDS.
I TAKE THE FLOUR OUT WITH A SCOOP AND AND USE IT. IF SOME IS LEFT OVER I THROW IT AWAY. I WAS TOLD THAT THE FLOUR GETS CONTAMINATED WHEN IN CONTACT WITH YOUR HANDS
SO ITS SAFER TO USE A SCOOP. AND I ALSO TAKE IT OUT OF THE PAPER BAG AND PUT IT IN A CONTAINER BUGS LIKE PAPER BAGS.

December 29, 2009 at 11:47 PM  

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