So, last night, my wife went to get a new sack of flour out of storage. There were three 5 pound sacks in a sealed five-gallon plastic pail.
Found bugs all over all three sacks. Lovely.
We had bought these sacks toward the beginning of this year when they were on sale. Thankfully, those three sacks were the only things in that particular bucket so the loss was minimal.
Why did we get bugs? Thinking back, we missed a step in the storage process. For grains like flour, you should freeze them for a few days before storing them. Freezing them will kill off any mites or other bugs that may have worked their way into the sacks.
After they’ve been frozen, put them into the buckets and secure the lids. Some folks go a step further and fill the buckets with nitrogen and/or add oxygen absorbers before sealing them up. We might end up going that route. We’re going to check our other storage over the weekend and see how things are holding up.
I’m just thankful we found the problem now, rather than when we truly needed the flour.
I cannot stress enough the importance of inspecting your food storage from time to time. Make mistakes now before they really matter.