To protect your investment, you need to know how to properly store flour and grains in bulk… Will wheat and rice, einkorn and more stay fresh in the pantry, or is the freezer best? Here's everything you need to know about long term food storage of flour and grains at home!
You bring home a big bag of grains or flour… now what do you do with it?
How do you store it so it doesn't go bad and to protect your investment?
On today's #AskWardee, I'm sharing how to store flour and grains!
Keep reading or watching below to learn more!
The Question: How Should I Store My Flour & Grains?
Tara S. asked:
Can you provide some suggestions for storage of larger amounts of flours/grains/etc. The stores seem to be hit and miss on the 5# bags, but some still have the 20#. I'm just not sure how to store that much flour/grain/rice/etc. I'd be especially thankful if you can show visuals of storage vessels, pantry, countertop, etc. so I can visualize what to do to store this amount of product and still have a usable pantry, cabinet, etc.
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How To Store Flour & Grains
Piggybacking on last week's episode (Where To Buy Whole Wheat Berries, Grains, And Flour #AskWardee 148), once you get your flour or berries, you need to protect that investment with proper storage!
Bring home, then freeze for 10 days to kill any critter larvae/eggs. If you have a large bag (15# to 50#), split it up into smaller bags.
Once the 10 days are up, you can keep the grains in the freezer or transfer them to storage containers such as 5-gallon food-grade buckets with gamma seal lids. (Use mylar bags and oxygen absorbers inside the buckets if for long-term storage.)
Or, use other airtight containers such as glass jars. You can even seal up Mason jars using this jar sealer attachment for a Food Saver vacuum sealer!
Store the grain in a dry, cool place. No heat or moisture source nearby. Not in a hot attic, damp basement, or humid garage. Not near a water heater or clothes dryer.
If kept cool, dry, dark and critter-free, your whole grains will last many, many years (and even still sprout)!
Sprouted grains should be stored similarly.
Milled Grains (Flour)
If keeping at room temperature, put in zipper seal bags or glass jars and use within three days of grinding. Milled grains should not be stored at room temperature for more than three days because of the danger of rancidity.
Otherwise, refrigerate for up to seven days or freeze up to six months.
Sprouted flour should be used/stored similarly. Although it does last longer than unsprouted, I follow these guidelines to be on the safe side of rancidity.
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Sprouted Grains Or Flour
If sprouted whole berries, follow the Whole Grains guidelines above. If sprouted flour, follow the guidelines for Milled Grains above.
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Any Questions Or Comments?
If you have other questions or comments about your own experience with storing whole grains or flour, be sure to leave them in the comments!
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- Where To Buy Whole Wheat Berries, Grains, And Flour #AskWardee 148
- Gamma seal lids
- Mylar bags for food storage
- Oxygen absorbers for food storage
- Mason jar sealer attachment for a Food Saver vacuum sealer
- Mockmill (I recommend the 100 or the Lino 100)
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