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Old 12-15-2006, 02:46 PM   #1
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Wink Out-of-Date bread flour - is it bad?

I was going to try and make that NY Bread --- got my flour out-(bread flour) says use by june 2006 --should I pitch it and use AP flour ? Thanks for any help !

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Old 12-15-2006, 03:48 PM   #2
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Go ahead and use it!!
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Old 12-15-2006, 03:51 PM   #3
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Barb my feeling is that you should go ahead and use it.
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:22 PM   #4
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I didn't know flour had an expiry date!
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:28 PM   #5
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Barb - go ahead and use your bread flour. Flour does have a "best used by" date - but I doubt you'll notice a difference of only 6 months.
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:36 PM   #7
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Unless it has critters in it, it should be fine! The only thing I've noticed with 'old' flour is that it tends to be drier, and the bread dough may reqiire more liquid.
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Unless it has critters in it, it should be fine! The only thing I've noticed with 'old' flour is that it tends to be drier, and the bread dough may reqiire more liquid.
I say go ahead and use it unless, of course, it is moving. Some of my different types of flours are at least as old as your bag. As for moisture, I cook using an electronic scale, so when a recipe calls for 5 ounces of flour, I can weigh out 5 ounces.
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:42 AM   #9
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I am assuming the bread was good.

Oh yes! Flour does go bad. It taste yukky stale after a year of purchase. Some people just use their flour in December to make me cookies. I hope this was the last batch. 5 years have I received these cookies. Their chocolate chips are pretty chrunchy too.

Once a store ran flour on sale around Thanksgiving, an incredible 8 (eight) bags for $1 (one dollar). NO LIMIT. I bought 8 bags; two I used during the holidays and two during the winter. I stored the other 4 bags in a wooden chest in the pantry. I forgot about that flour for about seven (7) years. I laughed when I found it. I had no intention of using it ever. I did open a bag just to see how it looked. It was still soft and sifty but it was dark yellow!!!
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it`s the oils in the flour from the wheat germ that oxidise that`ll give that off color and strange smell.
stored cool dark and airtight will help loads though.
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