Can you freeze flour and WHY would you?

10/14/2011 10:02 am · 17 comments

by Ingard

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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.

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Bobbi
Bobbi

I had these pesty things a couple of months ago. The only good thing is they were in the snack cupboard. For some reason only know to my husband, he put the canister of oatmeal in that cupboard. (maybe he thought it would magically become oatmeal cookies. Nice try hunny.) Anyway, emptied out all the snacks from that cupboard, bleached everything down and then went couponing to fill it back up again. That nasty cansiter of oatmeal was the culprit and was not welcome back in my house or snack cupboard again.

Theresa Thomas
Theresa Thomas

Thanks for all the ideas!! Ive cleaned & thrown away, cleaned & thrown away. OOOHHH and the way we found them was the kids were playing hide and seek and and hid in the pantry. Apearently they had become larvae. Lol. The kids dont play in the pantry anymore!

Jamie
Jamie

I bought 5 gallon buckets with gamma lids to store items like grains, beans, rice, sugar, etc. We have a one year supply of each. Food storage is very important. We aren't even LDS, but believe in the principal of food storage. :-)

Ingard
Ingard

Darlene, I think I remember freezing the refrigerator cinnamon rolls once when they were on a smacking good deal a few years ago. I think you run the risk of them 'popping' and then the product being ruined. So I would perhaps try one and then freeze at your own risk. :/

Darlene
Darlene

Can Pillsbury crescent rolls, etc be frozen?

trish
trish

I heat seal my bulk orders into smaller bags of 5 lbs with oxygen absorbers. This will kill the weevils if your bag had any in them. Plus by doing this it will keep your items moisture free for long term storage if need be. Up to 10 years on most items.

susan
susan

I always freeze my cake mixes, brownie, muffins mixes and cookies,that I stock up on.

Ashley
Ashley

I always freeze my flour, never thought about freezin beans, thanks :)

Mitzi
Mitzi

We even put the spearmint gum on the shelves ... you just peel back the wrapper a bit, and leave them on your pantry shelves. Works just as good as when we used to place the gum directly into the flour, rice, etc.

patty cluff
patty cluff

The wee beasties hate mint. I have always put doublemint gum in my flour and rice and haven't had any bugs. Of course you might sift it before using so your gravey doesn't get gum in it. If already infested in pantry, just wash it down with a mint water solution.

Jen
Jen

Also you can use bay leaves. I've put one bay leaf in each opened pack of pancake mix, flour, cornmeal, etc. that I have and that seems to do the trick (it also doesn't take up any freezer or fridge space =D ).

Lila D
Lila D

To Teresa: Panty moths.. I just finished battling them. They will start lessening off now, they do not like cold. I bet I threw away $100 worth of food they had gotten in to. So Gross. You have to get tthem as moths before they become larve. Check your ceiling they will stick anywhere. HOME DEPOT sells moth traps that they fly into and stick.. They Work Great...2 in a pack for about $6.50 worth it. Trust me :) Buy new plastic containers and put everything in them. We did and all is well now.

melanie
melanie

I always freeze my self rising flour to keep the ingredients that make things rise active for a longer period of time. I got weevils not too long ago and they were a nightmare to get rid of. I would clean out cabinet and then next day they were there again!!

Theresa Thomas
Theresa Thomas

Thanks for posting. I'm currently batteling pantry moths. I've never had a pest problem before and keep my pantry clean but this is the most packaged items Ive had at one time (started couponing 6mo ago). I will defanitly start freezing first!!

camie
camie

Thanks for sharing.

Tonya
Tonya

Ingard, thanks so much for the post!!

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