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Basic Staples for your Pantry
October 31, 2012
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lesliedgray
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What if you don’t have room for 5 gallon buckets to store your flour?   my husband thinks i am becoming a crazy prepper and told me the other day when i was canning apples that this was 2012….. NOT 1889.  i have a Hoosier cabinet that has the big flour bin intact.. I’ve been buying all-purp flour to try to stock up a little and don’t have the room for a bunch of buckets and bags.. Is there any herb that i could put in the flour bin with the flour to keep bugs out of it?  Bay leaf perhaps?  I don’t want my flour flavored, though.

October 31, 2012
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Absolutely Bay Leaf!!!  It will NOT flavor your flour and I, my mother before me, and her mother before her all used them in our flour.  I lived in the tropics and this worked, and here in Ohio it works.  I did it in Denver, Colorado and Anchorage, Alaska too, but there aren’t many bugs that hatch there so it was probably not necessary.  Still, they work a treat and won’t flavor anything!

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October 31, 2012
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I can second the use of Bayleaf. I se it in the flour that i keep on the boat. I have had flour die of old age but there were no bugs in it.

October 31, 2012
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AWESOME!!!!!!!!  Thanks ya’ll!!!sunsunsunhappy-flowerhappy-feetlaugh

November 1, 2012
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Don’t forget, though, that flour will spoil eventually.  The oils in it go rancid over time.  My sister asked me once if her flour was still good; I told her what I’d read, that when it goes off, it smells more “floury.”  She brought it over so I could smell it and it did smell a bit strong, so we threw it out in my garbage can.  To my surprise, it stunk up my whole apartment and I had to take the garbage out to get rid of the smell.

 

This is why lots of “preppers” store wheat berries and grind them as needed.  And another advantage of that is that you wind up with whole wheat flour, which is much, much more nutritious than all-purpose.

November 1, 2012
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Long before flour starts to smell bad the gluten will have failed. I would give it no more than a year on the shelf.

November 1, 2012
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i used to freeze my flour, but my freezer is full……

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