Ever have to throw out a whole bag of flour because it got bugs in it? Or corn meal, or oatmeal, or any of the many grains you bring home from the store. I have finally found a way to stop the eggs from hatching, and keeping the grain from being ruined.
I had heard of freezing the grain overnight before using it, but that only works if you are going to use it all up really soon. If you really want to prevent the eggs in the grain from hatching out Ever, freeze it for a whole month.
I had the definitive proof of this recently when I went to make bread. I had to throw out a whole ten pound bag of white flour because the eggs had hatched inside the bag even before it was ever opened; and it was a sealed plastic bag.
All I had left were a couple of partial bags of white flour and a half a bag of whole wheat that had been opened in my shelf for a while. They were 5 pound bags that I had left in the freezer for a long time before opening them and using some of it for cookies, etc. I did not put the partially used bags back in the freezer, and had not used the grain again in at least a month. I was really afraid that they were going to have bugs in them too. But when I unfolded the tops, and looked inside, not only did they not have any bugs showing up, they didn’t have any evidence of bugs in them either. No webbing, no stringy stuff, no worms, no little moths. The flour was clean.
Yippee! I had enough flour to make four loaves of wheat bread. Mmmmmmmmm…….I’ll post the recipe for my fantastic Sweet Wheat Bread recipe next.
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