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Old 28-04-2011, 19:37   #31
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Do you use the slow kill beer method or the more humane rum technique?
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Old 28-04-2011, 19:58   #32
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Do you use the slow kill beer method or the more humane rum technique?
Nope... the French technique.... Brandy gets em Randy....
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Freeze the flour. As soon as you bring flour home, seal it inside a freezer bag and put it in the freezer for 96 hours (four days). Remove and store as usual. The freezing process will kill off any eggs and weevils already present in the flour.

Don't microwave the flour; weevils survive and simply run everywhere. If you want to use heat, use the oven. Place the flour in the oven at 130F/54.4C for half an hour, or 120F / 48.8C for one hour.

Place a dried bay leaf in each container or bag of stored flour. This will discourage weevil infestation.
I agree with the baking. I used to breed and raise birds (Finches), and I would buy seed by the 100lbs gunny sack once ever two weeks. The first thing I'd do to eliminate the possibility of the birds ingesting or being infected with mites, was to bake the seed on a low oven for about 30 minutes. After baking I would inspect a sample of the seed under a microscope, and I never found a live mite after baking.
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We live in the sub tropics and put a few bayleafs into the flower and rice containers. In the house and in the boat.
It works.
I often quoted the bay leaf suggestion until I heard from another sailor who said her bay leaves were full of varmints! Does anyone know if it makes a different if you use American or Turkish bay leaves? Recipes in the gourmet magazines are often specific about Turkish being the only way to go.
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This is slightly of topic but we used to use this for washing fruit and re washing storage jars for dried foods... never rinsed after just left them to dry.
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The properties my Mother claimed killed/dicouraged little varmints....
We also used the Bay Leaf in flour..
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Wotta waste of good protien....
on the contrary you get to eat them as dried protien,rather than still kicking.......
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Check out Nalgene storage containers on the Internet....West Marine sold them several years ago but no longer...they are plastic containers with screw tops in various shapes and sizes...we use the rectangle and square ones...do not impart an odor to whatever you store in them...great
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I have always used the same containers that are used in commercial kitchens. If you go to a decent restaurant supply store you will see TONS of options. I have some in a cylinder form and some in a square form ranging from 1 qt to 2 gallons. They also have different choices in lids depending on what you plan to store in them. For a total off the shelf "Target" option you could get the airtight containers made by OXO. They are really nice and will last a long time. Only downside is that they are more expensive.
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