Flour Storage

Posted on September 29th, 2010 by Bread making machines in Bread Making Tips

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Flour storage is something that most of us never give a single thought to, even though we probably should.  Flour is the single most important ingredient in making bread.  It can mean the difference between ok bread and great bread.

For the best results and quality, flour should be stored in airtight containers or resealable bags.  The key to flour storageFlour - Bread making machine is finding a place that is cool, dry and dark.  Now you may be wondering whether you need to store it in the refrigerator.  Although it is not necessary, the refrigerator is actually a great place to store your flour. Just make sure that your storage containers are air tight.       

Moisture and flour storage

Flour tends to absorb as well as lose moisture very quickly.  So as you can imagine, extra care should be taken for any storage place in which humidity is a potential factor.  Again, air tight containers or resealable bags are a good choice.                                                Creative Commons License photo credit: WordRidden

Flour storage tips:

  • Whether storing large or small quantities of flour, consider freezing it for 48 hours.  This measure should kill any insects (such as weevils) or insect eggs that may be in your flour.
  • Any time your flour is opened and resealed; make sure that all air is squeezed out of your container before resealing.
  • Avoid refrigerating flour in its original paper packaging.  The paper packaging is porous, it may help the flour absorb unwanted odors and moisture.
  • Bread flour and all purpose flour should be used within 15 months.
  • Whole wheat flours should be used within 6 months.
  • Finally, as with any food that has been in storage, when re-opened, if it doesn’t look or smell right, throw it out!  Don’t take chances.

Bread making machines are great for helping you prepare great tasting breads night after night for your family.

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