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    • #15987
      cindycindy
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      Hi Megan,
      I’m wondering how long is it safe to keep and use flour? Or other dried seasonings?

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      MeganMegan
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      Hi Cindy!!

      How long you can store your flour depends on what type of flour you are storing and how you are storing it. Refined flours like all-purpose can last 1-2 years while whole grain and alternative flours last for around 6 months in the refrigerator. You will know your flour has gone bad if it has a sour smell or bitter taste. Airtight storage also helps keep your flour fresh and bug free!

      Here is a quick guide on how to store your flour:

      REFINED FLOURS:

      Refined flours are made from wheat that have had the germ and the bran removed before crushing. This means there is less oil in the flour which gives refined flours a longer shelf life.

      Types: All-purpose, self-rising, bread, pastry
      Storage: A cool, dry place
      Shelf life: 1-2 years

      WHOLE GRAIN FLOURS:

      Whole grain flours retain the germ from the seen which adds nutrients and oil. Exposing oil to air causes it to oxidize which may make it become rancid.

      Types: wheat, spelt, teff, quinoa, millet, amaranth, barley, ancient grains, buckwheat, oat flour, medium or dark rye
      Storage: Refrigerator or freezer
      Shelf life: a few months

      NUT & ALTERNATIVE FLOURS:

      Types: nut meals and flours, coconut flour, wheat germ, rice bran, flaxseed meal
      Storage: refrigerator or freezer
      Shelf life: 6 months in the refrigerator, 12 months in the freezer

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