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Old 26-04-2011, 14:55   #16
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A good locking container and bay leaves in the flour. Have not had any problems so far. Bay leaves don't seem to transfer flavors.
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Old 26-04-2011, 15:08   #17
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we have tubs that fit in the microwave,with suspect 3rd world,flour beans,lentils we give the contents 3-5 mins at full power to kill any eggs,larvae or bugs then seal and store.
Wotta waste of good protien....
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Old 26-04-2011, 21:34   #18
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Re: Dry Goods Storage: Flour, etc.

On the Ruby Jean, we vacoum bag our rice,beans, & flour. Throw it in the hidding places all over the boat. Have never had a problem. I've kept these idems for over a year this way....Michael...
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Wotta waste of good protien....
Nah, you can still eat 'em - but you don't want them alive in yer guts, breathin', crawlin' around and layin' eggs, do ya now?
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Re: Dry Goods Storage: Flour, etc.

The CO2 trick is a good one to use. You can also buy oxygen absorbers to put into the jars. Another good trick against insect infestations is to put some diatomaceous earth in there with the food.

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If you are in civilization though, CO2 works a treat.

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Nah, you can still eat 'em - but you don't want them alive in yer guts, breathin', crawlin' around and layin' eggs, do ya now?
you need to chew more thoroughly....
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Old 27-04-2011, 12:01   #22
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Re: Dry Goods Storage: Flour, etc.

Grat thread! Thanks everybody. Sarafina, I will look in Big Lots for those containers I have not yet built in my storage in Javelin. Last time I built a live aboard, I swore I would build cabinets next time around the storage containers and around the pots and pans. I'ma doin' it this time. I will stop at Big Lots in the thriving SMSA of Bellingham this afternoon.
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Re: Dry Goods Storage: Flour, etc.

mine has them in pretty often but not all the time...

Just keep your eyes open ; -)

and I hear ya about building the cabinets to fit the containers... couldn't do it on the boat but did do it for the camping kitchen boxes...
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Re: Dry Goods Storage: Flour, etc.

One can buy canned flour that has a long shelf life; one can also use an old time sifter for removing weevils if one does not appreciate them on the menu.

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Just as an aside, the critters one commonly calls weevils are not really weevils at all, but flour beetles. If you have the variety that can fly, they are red flour beetles; those that cannot, are the closely related and hardier tribolium confusum.
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i dont keep flour but cereal and beans do well in doubled baggies stuffed into a screw lid jar....plastic.....
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mylar bags and oxygen absorbers.
fill to desired size/shape with stuff; add oxygen absorber; vacuum out most air with domestic vacuum cleaner; seal with hot iron.
weevils are like ants - dry and crunchy. not juicy like German roaches...
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Good container, about an ounce of dry ice, a little wax paper over that, and then fill with flour, rice, beans, whaterver and close the lid. The dry ice removes all the O2 and kills the bugs.
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we have tubs that fit in the microwave,with suspect 3rd world,flour beans,lentils we give the contents 3-5 mins at full power to kill any eggs,larvae or bugs then seal and store.
I tried that with popcorn. Didn't work.
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Re: Dry Goods Storage: Flour, etc.

As noted by Gord all processed grain products have eggs in it and if stored long enough will mature to bugs. That goes double for flour but also pasta, rice, oatmeal, and beans. Freezing works to sterilize the product before you place it inside sealed containers. "Snap Ware" is a popular brand name that seals well but the similar product from Seralite is just as effective and better than plain Tupperware or other similar sealed lids. Mold transports via the air and can get you far out to sea. If you need to store raw food for long periods it's important o sterilize it first.
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