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Old 04-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #1
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Flour storage

Came across a great deal last night - picked up 50 lbs of bread flour and 50 lbs of whole wheat flour for $9.99 each. (.20/lb - really good price for my area) My only problem now is How do I store it????? Does it HAVE to go in the freezer or fridge? I think I will probably give some to friends...But I'll still have to store the bulk of it.

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Old 04-21-2006, 01:23 PM   #2
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I googled and found this inf. for you

http://www.ellenskitchen.com/pantry/flourfacts.html
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:30 PM   #3
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I don't have room in my freezer for even a normal-size bag of flour, although I've heard that that's the best place for it. I used to use an old-fashioned ceramic canister, but regardless of how "moisture proof" they were supposed to be, I still ultimately ended up with moisture &/or bugs.

So, these days I just slip the flour bag into a Ziplock back & keep it in the pantry. No moisture; no bugs.
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:32 PM   #4
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Thankfully, I've never experienced a problem with bugs in my flour or moisture......knock on wood. I too just put mine in a zip lock baggie.
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Old 04-21-2006, 05:00 PM   #5
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how much Tupperware do you have?
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Old 04-21-2006, 07:05 PM   #6
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mudbug-yeah, no kidding....definitely not enough for 100 lbs of flour.
sizzlininIn-thanks for the link-didn't even think to check online...duh

I did get a suggestion on another board to check out restaurants which led me to thinking about restaurant supply stores. We have quite a few in the area. Found a decent price at Smart N Final - they also have the 50-lb bags of flour - their brand, for $8.69. less than what I paid for my "good" deal. oh well, if I only knew. But now I do. Just not sure on the quality. Hoping they have yeast also. Anyways, I probably will get a few containers there since they are food-grade to store the bread flour in. The whole wheat I'll have to freeze so it doesn't go rancid. My neighbor was going to check to see if they had room in their freezer. I just have the fridge freezer which is always full...

Happy bread baking to me.....
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If you throw in a couple of bay leaves it will keep the bugs out, works for corn meal to
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Old 04-21-2006, 09:01 PM   #8
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Bugs in flour don't get into the flour in your home. They are in the package from the flour mill in the form of larvae. Under the right conditions, they can hatch and show up in your kitchen container.

If you freeze your flour for three days when you first bring it home, any bug larvae will be killed off and you won't have a problem.
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Old 04-22-2006, 10:31 AM   #9
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sizzlininIn-thanks for the link-didn't even think to check online...duh quote]

don't worry i do it all the time myself. Plus, by asking you get others opinions and tips too so sometimes I just go ahead and ask vs. googling. Also, others may have wondered about that sometime but never thought to ask and now they know the answer.
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Old 04-22-2006, 10:59 AM   #10
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I put my flour in the freezer for a few days also.
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