Ingard here, a conversation on chat got me to thinking about why I freeze my flour, dried beans and rice.
A couple of years ago I was at a friends and she was dealing with weevils in ALL her dry pantry items. I did some research and found that if you FREEZE your dry pantry goods as you bring them into your house if there was any concern of bugs then they would be DEAD and not even have a chance of contaminating your pantry.
What I have frozen over the years:
- Flour – place packaged flour in a plastic garbage bag (in case of power failure and the freezer melting and wetting your flour), leave in a week or longer. Take out either what is needed (allowing for time to bring to room temperature) or placed in another container for storage.
- Beans – can be frozen in the store packaging and taken out as needed or placed in another storage container.
- Brown and White Rice – can be frozen in the store packaging and taken out as needed or place in another storage container.
- Nuts – can be frozen for about 6 months ( I always smell and taste before I use these)
- Pancake mix – place package in a plastic bag (in case of power failure and the freezer melting and wetting your mix)
These are a few of the items I have frozen over the years. I think this technique would for any dry grain that one might worry about bole weevils.