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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-27-06 09:16 PM
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2. I don't know how you've stored it, but
open the bag and give it the sniff test. Some companies nitrogen pack their whole grains and shelled nuts to retard spoilage. Not sure if they'd do it there, and if they did, they probably expected the gas to dissipate and be replaced with nasty oxygen slightly past April, 2005. However, be brave and open the bag. You'll know if the flour has gone severely rancid.

If it passes the sniff test, take a pinch and put it on your tongue. Rancid oils (which is what go bad in whole grain flours) will give you a hot sensation on your tongue.

Personally, I'd toss it if the bag doesn't specify "nitrogen packed." April 2005 was a LOOOONG time ago, and my guess is that the flour is unusable. The cake would be foul. If you're going to spend time baking, use the best ingredients you can get. April 2005 flour aint them.

To get longer life from whole grain specialty flours, store them in sealed plastic tubs in the freezer if you're not going to use them until they're 9 months out of date; store them in the fridge if you intend to keep them around more than a couple of days.

(whole wheat bread flour should be used for bread. Use whole wheat pastry flour for everything else, like quick breads, biscuits, muffins, and, yes, pastry)
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  -Expired Flour... what will happen if I use it? Dora  Jan-27-06 08:06 PM   #0 
  - whole grain contains the wheat germ yes? if so the oils in the germ  AZDemDist6   Jan-27-06 08:15 PM   #1 
  - I don't know how you've stored it, but  Warpy   Jan-27-06 09:16 PM   #2 
  - You answered my unasked question...  Dora   Jan-27-06 10:04 PM   #3 
     - Rancid oil and grain has a pungent "off" smell to it. You will know it  SoCalDem   Jan-27-06 10:19 PM   #4 
        - Gee, you're fancy  Warpy   Jan-27-06 10:48 PM   #5 
        - Mine don;t match.. I find them on sale sometimes.  SoCalDem   Jan-27-06 10:57 PM   #6 
        - I love those jars and I find them in the thrift store all the time  AZDemDist6   Feb-03-06 07:40 PM   #17 
  - I use King Arthur's Flour but I  liberalnurse   Jan-29-06 06:34 PM   #7 
  - Do more than the sniff test for rancidity. Take a close look...  hvn_nbr_2   Feb-02-06 01:13 AM   #8 
  - I think you need this smilie...  madinmaryland   Feb-02-06 04:02 PM   #9 
     - Miller moths and their larvae  Warpy   Feb-02-06 04:17 PM   #10 
        - We once had a similar problem ..... Indian Meal Moths  Husb2Sparkly   Feb-02-06 05:05 PM   #11 
           - You DID?!?  Sparkly   Feb-02-06 09:32 PM   #12 
           - We had eensy teensy little weevily critters once.  SoCalDem   Feb-02-06 09:49 PM   #13 
              - I remember seeing those a lot  Sparkly   Feb-02-06 09:55 PM   #14 
              - I use these things religiously and haven't had any critters since  SoCalDem   Feb-02-06 10:13 PM   #15 
              - I Can't Do Anything to Get Rid of Them!  Crisco   Feb-03-06 07:33 PM   #16 
                 - They're tenacious, all right  Husb2Sparkly   Feb-04-06 08:13 AM   #19 
                    - cock roaches LOVE the box glue too  AZDemDist6   Feb-04-06 08:23 AM   #20 
                       - Oh, gawd, take every dry ingredient OUT of boxes  Warpy   Feb-04-06 10:26 AM   #21 
                       - Those canvas shopping bags are great.  hvn_nbr_2   Feb-04-06 11:57 AM   #22 
  - you'll have to adjust your cooking time  leftofthedial   Feb-04-06 12:48 AM   #18 

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