With dark clouds overhead and rain pouring down in sheets, I was house-bound for the day. Although tempted to curl up with a good book, I felt the need to do something constructive first. My project for the day was cleaning out the pantry – taking everything out, discarding some things and reorganizing.
As I sorted through the items, checking dates and examining items, I considered the questions many of you have expressed.
Because flour is a dry powder made from wheat or other grains, we tend to think of it as a stable item. Over time, flour can become infected with weevils, tiny bugs that inhabit the flour and lay eggs in the bag. If that occurs, take the bag of flour immediately to the trash. Clean the entire panty, as the weevils might have traveled elsewhere. Do not sift out the weevils and use the flour – one of my friends actually did this. No one became ill, but just thinking about it makes me feel queasy. The flour still had the larvae and by-products from the weevils.
I store flour in a tightly closed plastic container, as it protects the flour from absorbing odors and moisture. Although I use flour quickly in my business, the plastic storage vessel would contain a possible weevil infestation if that were to occur.