Right Place For Storing Flours?


Which is The Right Place For Storing Flours?

To start with, Storing flours and brown rice in the refrigerator is better due to the higher potential of these whole grain products to go rancid. We do this due to their higher moisture or develop surprises such as larvae and pantry moths as the OP must deal with in her region. The fact is particularly actual of whole wheat bread flours. We don’t make yeast bread as often as we used to with an uptick of distractions on our time. So a bag of flour can stretch for several months before using it all.

Storing Flours In Refrigerator:

To tell you the truth, Bags of flour in the refrigerator is usually zippered into a large Ziploc bag as paper bags are permeable to odors and can soften to tearing with the higher humidity. There are also airtight containers in stores for storing flours that are big enough to fit a 5-pound bag depending on the arrangement of the shelving in the refrigerator for storage placement.

Which is The Right Place For Storing Flours?
Which is The Right Place For Storing Flours?

Many people prefer storing flours and whole wheat pastry flour at room temperature, but I go through those bags quickly. Plus, California doesn’t have the invasive, persistent bug population of humid Florida. Make room when it is necessary, make a stash! Generally, a packet of whole wheat flour stays fresh for three months if kept in room temperature, .but after then, one should put them in the refrigerator.

Problems Of Storing Flours In Fridges:

The problem is that fridges tend to be slightly humid – which doesn’t work too well for flour in paper bags.

Well, technically, the relative air humidity in fridges is rather low for storing flours. Alas, cold air can hold significantly less water vapor than warm air, and every time the door opens, warm, relatively humid outside air gets in. When this cools down, the excess water has to go somewhere. And unfortunately, it tends to condense on the stuff inside the fridge. So flour in a paper bag will tend to soak up a fair bit of that condensation.

Which is The Right Place For Storing Flours?
Which is The Right Place For Storing Flours?

 You can put the flour into airtight containers, like Tupperware boxes or screw-top jars. Putting it in the fridge should be fine – but it should be fine outside the refrigerator in airtight containers, as well.

Whole Wheat Flour And White Flour:

Last but not least, Whole wheat flour does not last as long as white flour, as they are made by grinding the entire wheat grain, including the wheat germ, which contains fats. And fats denature and become rancid, hence the shorter shelf life. We commonly use whole wheat flour to make flatbreads like Chapathi and Roti., which is a staple in North(including East and western) India. So there’s always whole wheat flour in the house, usually in a large container. Large family or commercial enterprises may sore it in a sack made of either plastic or jute. It’s often bought in limited quantities and gets consumed quickly. In rice-eating South India, whole wheat flour is absorbed more slowly and in our house, at least, lasts a year easily.

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