Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What Do I Do With 25 lbs. of FLOUR?

Debbie commented on this post wondering what do I do with my flour? So I took some pictures today to show you :)

First off, I have an amazing husband who built this pantry for me over the winter/spring, where the bottom shelf was put at exactly the right height off the floor so my flour/sugar bins could sit on the floor.

In case you can't tell from the picture, I use Rubbermaid containers. Are they food grade plastic? I don't know and would still use them even if they weren't (unless it caused us to be sick, but we are healthy horses, so no problem with that).

The on the left is marked "bread" for bread flour, the other one is marked "cake & cookie" for All Purpose flour. The two white ones all the way on the right hold my sugars - granulated (on top since I use it more) and 10x (on the bottom since I use it less).

I clean all the "old" flour out of the bin before I put in the new flour.

As far as weevils in the flour - weevils don't "get in" your flour, they COME IN your flour. So as long as you don't have weevils (or their eggs) in the flour you buy, you won't have weevils in your flour! I've never had any trouble with any bugs in my flour or sugar bins.

Do I really use this much flour? You bet! I made 7 pies today - took all of 12 cups of flour, so a good bit of what I bought today is already used.

So - that's what I do with 25 lbs of flour! I used to buy it in 50lb. bags, but that was a more expensive brand, and this brand (Walmart brand) works just as well.


Sally said... [Reply to comment]

I use buckets, Sky-high buckets for the AP flour and the sugar, and a big Lincomycin bucket for my Robinhood flour. I have never had any trouble with weevils or anything else in the flour. I do keep the wheat, oat, and barley flours in the freezer just to keep them from getting rancid (white flours won't go rancid, only tho whole grain ones, I believe it is. I read up on all that once.). Hey, sometime post some more pictures or your pantry. I haven't gotten there to see it yet, so pictures are the next best thing.

Halfmoon Girl said... [Reply to comment]

I went to buy a 10 kg bag of flour here the other day and it was 18.00! Needless to say, I didn't buy it. My hubby went into the Big City yesterday and went to Costco to get me some great big bags of it, but alas, they were all out. So, here I am, with NO flour. Tomorrow I will go to the other store in town that has it for 13.00/bag. I love your bins. I want to do that as soon as my pantry gets built!

debbie said... [Reply to comment]

Aren't pictures great?!? Thanks for the info. I don't know why I never thought about the bins before. I use the gallon jug containers for powdered milk and rice. I guess it's true, you're never too old to learn. I'm going to have to check this situation out and see how the bins would work in my pantry, if I have room for them. I know I'd never be able to lift them. Now let's see what I can learn about organization from you. I'm a slob at heart and dig my heels in when it comes to cleaning an arranging. Thanks for the show and tell. It's absolutely great.

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]

Debbie - oh no, I don't lift them either, especially when they are full of 50 lbs of flour. I get Daniel to do that! Once they're filled and back in place, I just carry my counter-top canister to them, pull them out, take off the lid and scoop out flour to fill my canister.

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

That is alot of pies. Do you freeze them? How do you keep the bugs out of your flour? Thought they might get into the totes.

Angie said... [Reply to comment]

I love your pantry shelf. Can you post the whole thing? I would love to see how you have everything organized. You have a ton of canned items. I'm so glad for you!! I don't have the space for a pantry just yet. I'm sure hoping soon!!!!