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Eating and Drinking => Kitchen Natter => Topic started by: Elaine G on May 06, 2020, 12:22

Title: Old bread flour.
Post by: Elaine G on May 06, 2020, 12:22
I have been given a bag of bread flour that says best before August 2019. So does anything happen to strong flour as it gets older or will it be ok to use. Donít really want to waste the yeast if it wonít work. Any opinions?

Thanks

Elaine
Title: Re: Old bread flour.
Post by: mumofstig on May 06, 2020, 13:06
White or w/meal? the latter doesn't keep as well :(
As long as it doesn't smell sour and you sieve it in case it has any weevils in it, It should be fine...

Remember it's a best before date not an inedible after date - mum always used her flour (bought loose from the grocers sack) 'til it was gone, in the 'old days' before packets with dates on  :lol:

Maybe make rolls rather than big loaves, in case they rise a little less ;)
Title: Re: Old bread flour.
Post by: Elaine G on May 06, 2020, 22:50
Thank you for your advice mumofstig.

The flour is white so I will take your advice and try out some rolls.
I have had weevils before so I will check carefully  :lol:

Elaine
Title: Re: Old bread flour.
Post by: mumofstig on May 06, 2020, 22:52
You don't fancy the extra protein then?  :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Old bread flour.
Post by: DanielCoffey on May 07, 2020, 18:58
One advantage of sieving the flour is that it gets rid of any critters that have spun cocoons as well as any adults. There will always be tiny stuff living in there in small amounts but I just put that under the "peck of dirt" heading and ignore it (like the ocassional greenfly in the salad).

I store my flour in a plastic food box with airtight lid (think tupperware but modern). It keeps the critters out.

Normally plain and strong flours last around a year and wholemeal about half that. You can fairly easily tell if wholemeal is off by the smell. If the strong white smells musty, ditch it. If it smells of nothing, use it.

I would also advise making rolls rather than a loaf as it gives you better control over the results.