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To use flour one month out of date

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Mammylamb · 30/11/2019 20:29

Was looking to bake a cake tomorrow (having a rare day at home with Dh and DS). Just realised all the flour went out of date at the end of October.

I was thinking it would still be ok to use in a cake. Aibu?

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NoArmaniNoPunani · 30/11/2019 20:30

Yeah it'll be fine


TheincredibleBookEatingManchot · 30/11/2019 20:31

I've used flour that was year's out of date.

It was fine.


ColdRainAgain · 30/11/2019 20:35

If its self raising flour, and you happen to have some baking powder in the house, I'd add a bit.
But otherwise, if its weevil free I'd happily use it.


WhiteWineAndMagnums · 30/11/2019 20:40

It'll be Best Before for flour anyway so it's not actually 'out of date'. So yes, assuming it's weevil free, it'll be absolutely fine (for ages to come)


Dinosforall · 30/11/2019 20:40

Flour has a sell-by date??


Ghostontoast · 30/11/2019 20:40

Come on, just sieve it and use it!


iklboo · 30/11/2019 20:42

They made bread from flour found in the pyramids.


JaceLancs · 30/11/2019 20:43

Use it


megletthesecond · 30/11/2019 20:47

Of course it'll be fine.


Tartyflette · 30/11/2019 20:48

I ticked YABU by mistake! YANBU. It will be fine, it probably won't even have gone particularly lumpy by now.
I wouldn't think twice about using it a year or more several months past the best before date,


EmmaC78 · 30/11/2019 20:48

Definitely use it.


afterme · 30/11/2019 20:49

I’ve just made pancakes with flour a year out of date.


Tartyflette · 30/11/2019 20:50

I even remember my mum sieving the weevils out of flour.
We lived abroad and pests got into lots of things. Weevils were very low down on the list of horrors!


NorthernLightss · 30/11/2019 20:51

For food that perishes quickly like meat, dairy etc, you can be sure that someone in a lab has tested that food at day 1, day 2, day 3... to check levels of bacteria, mould etc and identify exactly when the food is at its best / becomes unsafe to eat.
For dry items that have a shelf life of a year or so, it's less likely that anyone has identified that the food is genuinely past its best at that date. More likely that they tested it for a year after production, and don't think its worth it to pay the extra lab fees to identify when it actually goes off. Maybe the floor would be fine for two years after being packaged, but they only tested it for one year, so use that date.


Jodie77 · 30/11/2019 20:51

As others have said, use it. I would sieve it to check there's no lumps or weevils but I do that anyway


DramaAlpaca · 30/11/2019 20:52

As others have said, it'll be fine as long as there are no weevils.


NetballHoop · 30/11/2019 20:52

Even if it has weevils in it, just sift the flour and you'll be OK. Or at least we were when my DM did that back int the early 70's.


SilverBangle · 30/11/2019 20:54

I can't say I've ever looked at the sell by date on a bag of flour. We've all survived. I'm sure you'll be fine


MotherOfFiveCats · 30/11/2019 21:05

Should be fine......on the overhand, worst thing that’ll happen is you get a little extra protein from the weevils - they’ll die during baking 🤷‍♀️ bugs are the future of sustainable animal protein!! Grin


TroysMammy · 30/11/2019 21:15

I had decanted white flour in a clip lock box which wasn't out of date but went brown. Could anyone shed any light on why this could have happened please.


Wildorchidz · 30/11/2019 21:20

This week I have eaten

  1. sundried tomatoes best before May 2018
  2. eggs use by 1st November 2019
  3. raspberry jam that I scraped a bit of mould off
  4. yoghurt that’s 3 weeks out of date
  5. various fruit and veg that are well past their best but still edible

Gingerbiscuit99 · 30/11/2019 21:25

Can someone just clarify for me me what weevils actually are?? I’ve heard of them but honestly didn’t think they were a real thing


Inforthelonghaul · 30/11/2019 21:25

Don’t think I’ve ever checked the date on flour.


JoGoes · 30/11/2019 21:27

I didn’t even know it went out of dateBlush


Mammylamb · 30/11/2019 21:34

Thanks all!

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