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brickie in oz 10-28-2011 08:54 PM

Critters in the flour...
 
Critters in the flour...

I went to make some bread today and found critters have laid grubs in the flour....yuk....:eek:

The flour was in a sealed plastic tub too, I had to chuck out 10 kilograms of good bread flour.....:(

Faith In Virginia 10-29-2011 09:11 AM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
This may be really gross to most but I think your bugs were already in your flour in a larvae state. As your flour gets old the bugs start to grow.

brickie in oz 10-29-2011 01:28 PM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Faith In Virginia (Post 122698)
This may be really gross to most but I think your bugs were already in your flour in a larvae state. As your flour gets old the bugs start to grow.

Hi Faith.
Yup I had thought of that, we had some flour in a sealed glass jar some years ago and after a while you could see tunnels appear in the flour and tracks on the glass. :eek:

I made the mistake of buying two sacks of flour this time instead of 1 at a time and it stayed in the plastic tub too long..

I did think about sifting this last lot but there was silk webs in the flour. :(

david s 10-29-2011 02:06 PM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
i wonder if microwaving the flour would kill the bugs?

brickie in oz 10-29-2011 02:48 PM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
Probably but they leave a silk trail.......yuk

david s 10-29-2011 02:55 PM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
option 1. chuck the flour
option 2. sift out the bugs and their rubbish
option 3. bake bread but don't tell anyone about the bugs
I've tried all three options, not sure what's best. I bet commercial bakeries have the same dilemma

brickie in oz 10-29-2011 05:11 PM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
I went and bough another bag of flour, critter free :rolleyes: hopefully.
Im now trying some 80% hydration chiabatta.

Tscarborough 10-29-2011 05:18 PM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
There are bugs in all flour. Here is how I deal with it:

Buy small amounts (5#)
Freeze it for a week

brickie in oz 10-29-2011 05:22 PM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
Good tip with the freezing.
I made the mistake last time of buying 2 x 10 Kg bags.

C5dad 11-01-2011 12:23 AM

Re: Critters in the flour...
 
I freeze all of my grain and flour to avoid the little buggers. Have not had a problem in a while!


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