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Old 11-01-2005, 06:43 PM   #1
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Shelf life of Cake flour

I got about 4 or 5 boxes of Swans Down cake flour about a year ago. It was on closeout sale becaue it was reaching it's expire date. I put it in the freezer and it's stayed there ever since until we moved. Now half of it's in the freezer and half isn't. Is any of it any good?

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Old 11-01-2005, 11:06 PM   #2
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I'd expect all of it to be good.
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Old 11-01-2005, 11:42 PM   #3
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Does flour ever go "bad"? Just wondering...mine never lasts long enough to know.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:11 AM   #4
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I believe it has a very long shelf-life. Whether it lasts 'forever' is another story. As far as I know, only honey lasts 'forever'.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:13 AM   #5
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The bags of flour I buy (usually King Arthur) do have "best when used by" dates on them. I know that whole wheat flour shelf lives are shorter than white. I've never had any around long enough to see what happens if you use it well past the recommended date. I also don't freeze my flour so I'm not sure if that preserves it longer or not.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:24 AM   #6
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PABaker:

Good point, my answer was for cake flour per the original question. Whole grain flours will not last as long because they can go rancid.

Freezing flour for more than 72 hours serves to ensure you won't have any little critters popping up in the bag. It will also extend the life of whole grain flours.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:33 AM   #7
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I just checked my box of SoftaSilk cake flour and it does have a "use by" date on it of Jan. '06. I probably bought it about a year ago (haven't baked as many cakes as I'd like lately!) so it seems to have a relatively lengthy shelf life.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:38 AM   #8
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It is a great idea to store your flour in the freezer. My thought is that if if is kept on the shelf that those nasty little bugs could get it.. YUK. I buy huge bags of flour but I go threw it so fast that I do not freeze it. mom2girls
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will this link help???
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:10 AM   #10
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It won't go 'bad', but as it gets older, it gets drier; this is true of any white flour.
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