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Why not store flour in rolled-down bag?

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emkana Thu 01-Jun-06 19:47:00

I just read this on another thread. I keep flour in the rolled down bag. What's the problem with that then?

misdee Thu 01-Jun-06 19:47:48

you can get bugs in it.

but all mine is in rolled down bags

SenoraPostrophe Thu 01-Jun-06 19:48:12

it puts kitchen jar making artisans out of a job?

SenoraPostrophe Thu 01-Jun-06 19:48:36

but you can see flour mites if you get them.

FrannyandZooey Thu 01-Jun-06 19:50:19

Leaving perishable food more or less open to the air is not a good idea in any case. Do you really want to be checking for flour mites? <bleugh>

BettySpaghetti Thu 01-Jun-06 19:52:38

We had mites in our flour once when it was stored in an airtight container!

It really freaked me out when I took the lid off and saw the flour moving around .

I'm presuming the mites must have been in the flour when I bought it?

SaintGeorge Thu 01-Jun-06 19:52:47

You will get flour mites even if you store it in an air tight container but the container will stop them from contaminating other food.

All flour has mites, you just don't see them until they get big enough. If you use the flour quickly enough you will never see them. Leave it standing around for 6 months and you will.

Greensleeves Thu 01-Jun-06 19:53:41

So every time you eat bread/cake you are eating dead mites and their faeces? Is that really true?

SaintGeorge Thu 01-Jun-06 19:54:23

Pretty much. But they are dead. And cooked.

Extra protein

SenoraPostrophe Thu 01-Jun-06 19:55:03

what if you keep your flour in a rolled down bag, and the rest of your food in airtight containers?

Greensleeves Thu 01-Jun-06 19:55:16

<<collapses with shock horror>>

anchovies Thu 01-Jun-06 19:56:07

Oh how I wish I hadn't read this thread...

ComeOVeneer Thu 01-Jun-06 19:56:57

Why Oh Why did I have to open this thread. YUCK YUCK YUCK. Am now to terrified to look in the cupboard where my flour has been sitting around for ages. (Not been doing much baking recently).

FrannyandZooey Thu 01-Jun-06 19:59:04

Wonder how many harmless bags of flour will be chucked out tonight?

(you don't have shares in Allinson's do you St. George? )

sugarfree Thu 01-Jun-06 19:59:11

Aren't they called weevils?
Or as Ds2 said to MIL (of course!) "We've got weasels in the flour!"

SaintGeorge Thu 01-Jun-06 20:00:54

Damn Franny - you caught me out

NOT for the fainthearted

SaintGeorge Thu 01-Jun-06 20:03:27

I was at my sisters once and she had made a pizza. Lovely pizza it was, with some dried herbs sprinkled on it. Sitting there, enjoying our pizza we both looked down at the same moment to see the upturned lid of the herb pot - absolutely bloody crawling with mites.

Not keen on pizza now funnily enough.

FrannyandZooey Thu 01-Jun-06 20:07:43

What's with the link? Is it gross pictures, or more revolting information? (I am faint hearted and can't handle the former )

SaintGeorge Thu 01-Jun-06 20:08:26


FrannyandZooey Thu 01-Jun-06 20:08:44


MrsBadgerAvecUneVoiture Thu 01-Jun-06 20:09:03

tis closeup pic of evil weevil

lucykate Thu 01-Jun-06 20:10:29

yes, they are weevils. and they will infest everywhere and you'll have to chuck out all your food. believe me, i know.

anchovies Thu 01-Jun-06 20:12:38

OMG I've just examined my flour that I baked with last weekend and all I can say is say it's now in the bin - yuk yuk yuk

anchovies Thu 01-Jun-06 20:13:48


They will be in everything? Help, what do I do?!

ComeOVeneer Thu 01-Jun-06 20:13:56

Wish me luck, I'm going in............

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