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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:29 PM
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Costco bread flour -- your opinons on it and storage please?
Just got back from Costco and while I wanted to buy their bread flour, I just walked past it. The Brand is ConAgra, and the only size is 50 POUNDS. I bake alot of bread for three people, but I'm not sure how I would store this monster amount of flour. How do you do it?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:40 PM
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1. I used 5 gallon plastic pails that I bought from places
like Dunkin' Donuts when I was buying flour in bulk. Most of those places will sell you pails that they got frostings, oil, and other things in. The pails are food grade, so all they need is a washing out and they'll store your flour and keep the crawlies out of it.

Just be aware that even white flour has a shelf life and that some weevil and/or miller moth eggs always manage to slip through the milling process. You'll probably be sifting the last of the lot.

Unless you live in the boonies and can't get in to buy flour, I'd strongly suggest you restrict yourself to the ten pound bags you can get at some food stores or buying in bulk at health food stores. The price break on 50 pounds at a time won't compensate for what the bugs eat.

(You might consider it in winter, when you can store the sealed pails outside in a garden shed to retard spoilage and egg hatching.)
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:19 PM
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6. I think I will limit the amounts.
Even with the freezer, I don't see how I could get through it before it becomes a breeding ground. Thanks for the advice on containers.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:45 PM
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2. I'd avoid it
That's a LOT of flour. And flour is attractive to critters. We keep our flour in Tupperware that's sized to hold a full 5 lb bag. That's fine because it is all sealed. I have NO idea how you'd seal a 50 lb lot.

Long time ago we got Indian Meal Moths after we bought a big quantity of rice.

The rice was long gone (thrown out for having crawlies in it) before we ever got rid of the moths. That took nearly 15 months! They moved from rice to cereal to dog food to cat food to boxed cereals to nuts in the pantry to ......... you get the idea.

http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/entomology/factsheets...
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:18 PM
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5. The amount was why I passed in the first place.
That, and the maker. I had visions of *critter eggs* already in the flour, waiting for someone to pick up a bargain. I could make do with half of that, because I make bread in batches and freeze them for later, but 50 pounds just is too much. The all-purpose flour was in 25 pound bags, a far more reasonable purchase, if you use that alot.

Thanks for the link!
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:51 PM
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3. If you have a large freezer DEFINITELY freeze it...
Otherwise you'll have to transfer it to airtight plastic containers. HINT: throw a couple sticks of Wrigley's Spearmint gum into the container with the flour (wrapped). It helps deter weevils and larder beetles...at least that's what my grandma always said.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:14 PM
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4. I do have a freezer, but wasn't aware it freezes!
And I've never heard of the gum trick. I'm going to make note of that, thanks!
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:39 PM
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7. Oh yeah it freezes fine.
We say it freezes. It really doesn't. It doesn't change its physical properties (water goes from liquid to solid) with freezing. All you're doing is storing it at low temperature - so low that bugs are discouraged (but not eliminated, necessarily).

Back when I actually operated foodservice facilities (in another life and decades ago) we used to store out flour in the walk-in refrig or freezer. We bought it in 100 lb bags and that lasted maybe a week or so for some fours and a month or more for others.
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:54 PM
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9. Just echoing Husb2Sparkly..
It freezes fine and for most baking you can use it directly from the freezer. I would recommend transferring it to a sturdy plastic container(s) just so it's more manageable and also to keep it from picking up any flavors from the freezer. I'd also try to use it within a year or so.
And whole grain flours should ALWAYS be stored in the freezer to stave off rancidity. (I learned that from Julia!)
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:20 PM
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8. i bought one, transfered it to big ziplocks and stored it in my freezer
got good bread from it even a year later

:hi:
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Bjornsdotter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 06:33 PM
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10. I freeze it also

...in ziplock bags.

As for the moths others have mentioned in various foods....if you freeze them for 48 hours it takes care of some of the problems. My Dad used too raise birds and bird seed is well known for those little brown moths. Freeze the seed and it takes care of the problem, no infestation.

Cheers
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