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The Right Way to Store Flour

The Right Way to Store Flour

Buying your monthly grocery is a tedious affair. It takes a lot of effort and time, to plan, buy and store the products you've bought to keep them away from spoiling or getting damaged. And it's really nerve-wracking when they were all packed and when you are ready to use them, you find them massively attacked by pests and fungus.

Many products can be soiled and spoiled if not stored properly. Particularly all kinds of flour are susceptible for spoilage. And since flour is a daily staple in many countries, one must know how to keep it away properly from pests, rodents and others.

 There are multiple factors that can spoil the flour such as

  1. Moisture.
  2. Flour weevil.
  3. Aged flour.

To protect your flour from all these spoilage factors, it is necessary to identify what are the causes of it getting spoilt and how to tackle those factors instead of taking remedial measures later on.

Flour weevils or psocids - These are small brown insects which live in dry foodstuffs. The biggest myth for their existence is that they breed due to unhygienic conditions, which is false. Flour weevils can occur in closets or cleanest of the cupboards and kitchens. They live in dark, humid places like the cupboards, warehouses and packaging boxes.

Several independent studies have shown that the psocid species which causes the majority of problems in homes originates in the tropics and is not found in farms or mills where flour is produced. It is hence often wrongly assumed that the flour is the source of the infestation. Flour provides food and the perfect living habit for them.

Moisture - Moulds and fungi growing in humid, damp areas have a huge impact on flour storage. If you have stored your flours in such place, it can cause possible mould in the flour.

 In short, here are a few tips of to store flour better at home -

  1. Expose the freshly brought flour to freezing temperature for 48 hours. It kills the pests and pest eggs present in it.

  2. Transfer it to a food-grade container (plastic or glass) with a tight-sealing lid. This will keep your flour from absorbing moisture and ensure that insects and other pests can't get to it. It will also keep your flour away from absorbing odours and flavours from other foods or products that are stored near it.

  3. Store your flour in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Flour will keep up to six months in the pantry.

  4. If you'd like to keep your flour longer, store it in the freezer instead. It will keep there for several years but is best used within a year. Even though it's frozen, you can just scoop out whatever you need. There's no need to thaw it out or bring it to room temperature.

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 05/02/2019  Ajinkya Sakhare

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