No matter how neurotic you are about cleaning your kitchen, uninvited guests disguised as pests can still get into your pantry and ruin it. These pests are meal-worms, silverfish, weevils, ants and even mice! Even if they don’t spoil your food they can spoil your appetite. Not only that but moisture and even other food aromas can contaminate your precious wares.
We have some ideas on how to protect your proverbial harvest. The key to preventing food contamination in any form is to be proactive and make sure your flours and grains are stored properly as soon as you get them home. If you’re going to be using your flour or grains within a short time you’ll probably be alright. For the long haul though, like when you hit the bulk food section; paper, cardboard, and plastic alone won’t keep your goods, good.
Whole Intact Grains
The shelf life of whole grains, like wheat, barley or brown rice, is longer than ﬂours. If stored properly in airtight containers, intact grains will keep (pest free) for up to 6 months on a cool, dry pantry shelf or up to a year in the freezer.
Whole Grain Flours and Meals
In general these spoil faster than intact grains, because their protective bran layer has been broken up and oxygen can reach all parts of the grain. If stored properly in airtight containers, most whole grain ﬂours and meals will keep for 1 to 3 months on a cool, dry pantry shelf or 2 to 6 months in the freezer.
Rice & Tabouleh & Quinoa
Yes, these also like to be stored in a cool dry place. We also recommend that you put a bay leaf or 2 in with your grains to further discourage the creepy crawlies. For some reason, they don’t seem to like it.
The Vacuvita Way
Now. If you were to store them under vacuum seal in our patented and stylish containers you would not only avoid being corrupted by moisture, pests and other food contaminants, you will more than double their shelf collective shelf lives!