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Old 01-29-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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Shelf life of flour?

We have a bag of flour in the pantry that is unopened and inside a plastic bag. We have had this flour I think for about a year (give or take). How long is flour good for? My wife says to just buy a new bag! LOL

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Old 01-29-2007, 12:49 PM   #2
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Its unopened? And in an extra layer of plastic to boot? Its fine. Use it.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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If it's white flour, I agree -- use it.

Whole wheat four will go rancid after a while.

Smell if first. If it doesn't smell "off" use it.
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I've had some flour nearly that long that was just fine. And, since yours was also enclosed in a plastic bag, I would think it should be okay. I say, use it, but perhaps you should put it through a fine sieve before you use it to make sure there aren't any unwanted critters in it.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:55 PM   #5
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I say, use it, but perhaps you should put it through a fine sieve before you use it to make sure there aren't any unwanted critters in it.
Oh urk!
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:01 PM   #6
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I say, use it, but perhaps you should put it through a fine sieve before you use it to make sure there aren't any unwanted critters in it


That's what my wife was afraid of that something might be living in there Apparently bugs can grow from the flour?
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I say, use it, but perhaps you should put it through a fine sieve before you use it to make sure there aren't any unwanted critters in it


That's what my wife was afraid of that something might be living in there Apparently bugs can grow from the flour?
Nope, they only way you can have critters in there is if they got in somehow. The flour itself is only food for the critters and not the producer of said bugs.

Edit: so being that the flour was sealed up well you should be bug free.
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:11 PM   #8
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Ok thanks everyone we'll try the sieve idea to be safe.
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:22 PM   #9
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If it was, say 10 years in the pantry, then I'd start woriing about
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add a drop of gravy browning to the mix and pretend the bread is Wholemeal, most folks will ignore the crunchy bits then ;)
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