Gumbo Lily has an excellent post about deepening the pantry today.
I'm linking to her blog instead of that particular post. Bring a cup of tea and prepare to be inspired... there is a lot of wisdom there. :)
If you use Bloglines as an rss feed, you'll know that you can "save" blog posts to read later. I have many past posts from Gumbo Lily saved to read once I get this side bar links research finished and e-mails caught up... not to mention the everyday living that goes on here.
I forgotten that I'd been asked about "debugging" flour. I "debug" flour by putting each bag in a plastic grocery bag and keeping it in the deep freeze for a couple of days (probably more than I need). When I didn't have a deep freeze, I'd do the same with one bag of flour at a time in my refrigerator's freezer section.
I know some people recommend freezing the flour again a couple of months later but so far I haven't had any bug problem with just one freeze. I make certain to keep the oldest bags of flour either in the front of my shelves or dated so I am always rotating oldest to newest bags. I store five pound bags of both unbleached all purpose flour and unbleached bread flour. I use but I don't store extra self-rising flour.
If you want to store whole wheat flour longer than a couple of months, it must be stored in a freezer (or at least in the frig) as it goes rancid quickly.
I have ground my own wheat for about nine or ten years now. I asked my friend in a food co-op to find out the price of wheat now since I'm getting very low. For the first time since I've been using wheat, it was not available... at all. She orders through a large co-op distribution center in Iowa City. Eeek!
Sigh, it is a good thing I do have food in the pantry. Our car broke down again and we're looking at another $250 fix (our wonderful mechanic is going to keep it as inexpensive as possible!). It's one of those situations where he has to take the car apart to fix it! This is such a good car in the long run that we'll be glad we have the fixes done. I had such pantry plans for that money, too. However, it can't be helped and I'm thankful for that car.
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