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Old 01-12-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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bulk baking goods....do I need special storage?

I am planning to buy fifty pounds of flour with a gift card I need to use. I'm hoping I don't need to worry about the special storage {Ive read people use five gallon buckets and special moisture absorbing things}. How quickly would we need to use it if we are storing it in our kitchen in the regular bags they come in? Id say we use at least ten pounds per month on bread, pasta, etc.

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:46 PM   #2
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we use food grade 5 gallon buckets. I only buy 25lbs at a time and it is fine for us, we go through it every other month. if you are worried, put it in the deep freeze
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we use food grade 5 gallon buckets. I only buy 25lbs at a time and it is fine for us, we go through it every other month. if you are worried, put it in the deep freeze
This, I would be afraid of bugs getting into it if is is left in the normal bag. My mom stored her sugar in a big glass container with a wooden top and it had little bug eggs in it within 2 months.
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Re: bulk baking goods....do I need special storage?

Thanks, I didn't think of using our freezer. I don't have a deep freezer, but I never use our regular freezer for more than ice, I'll store it in there if it fits.
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Or you can use a CLEAN 100% cotton pillow case and put the flour in it. Tie the end. Then put the pillowcase of flour into a homedepot type 5 gallon bucket (Clean) with a lid. That Should be fine for 6 months or more. (Flour sacks use to be made of cloth and the cloth will act as a barrier between the plastic and your food)
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I store ours in our deep freezer as its so darn big we don't use most of it lol
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Depending on where you live bugs don't have to be an issue- I keep my 50 pound bag inside of a kitchen garbage sack with a tie top. I roll the paper closed (I keep a smaller canister on my counter- holds about 10 cups) and tie up the plastic bag. Been doing this for 1.5 years and 0 issues with spoilage or bugs. If I am baking a lot of bread it will last us about 3 months, if I am slower on the bread making 4 months.
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Slight off topic, but where do you get the food grade buckets? I'd love to buy a couple.
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Slight off topic, but where do you get the food grade buckets? I'd love to buy a couple.
http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/buc...x#.UPJJdWdIAsw
They also sell large quantities of baking supplies or "emergency" food. (They have retail stores in Utah) Everything ships for less than $5 to the US. I've bought the dehydrated fruit from them and other things in #10 cans. Beware that shipping is a little slow. They often have coupons so do a goggle coupon search if you intend to buy from them.
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Got a lot of my food grade buckets from bakeries. They used to give them away, but now they have started charging $1-2/bucket. They normally contained flour, sugar or pre-made frosting. Wash and reuse. Then I bought gamma lids to get to them easier. My flour, rice, sugar is stored straight in the bucket with a gamma lid in the bottom of my pantry. Most of this is about a 3-6 month supply so it's fine we go through it quickly enough. I also have smaller snapware containers for my baking that I refill from the 5-gal buckets . My long-term stuff is in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers and then the bags are placed in a bucket with a gamma lid.
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