[Sca-cooks] Bugs in grain

Bj Jane Tremaine vikinglord at cox.net
Sat Oct 27 16:41:12 PDT 2007

Usually when someone gets them they have not used the flour in a while or 
live in a hot humid climate.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Martha Oser" <osermart at msu.edu>
To: <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2007 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Bugs in grain

>>  It's not like the nasty flour bugs, that come in as eggs
>>> with the flour.
>> Years ago my aunt told me to freeze any grain product for 48 hours after
>> purchase, she said it killed the eggs in the product.  I do and have 
>> never
>> had a problem since.
> I've been kind of curious about this whole business.
> I've been baking for, oh, about 30 years, give or take, in various houses
> and apartments, both places I've lived and places I've visited, all across
> the state of Michigan and across the United States, and I've never, ever,
> EVER had bugs in my flour.  I think the closest I've come is the one time 
> I
> found an earwig in the bag of cornmeal, and that was after the bag had 
> been
> open for a while.
> I buy all kinds/brands of flour - right now I've got a 5 lb. sack of
> Pillsbury unbleached all-purpose (open), a 5 lb. sack of White Lily (open)
> and a 5 lb. sack of yellow cornmeal (open).  I've checked them or used 
> them
> all recently and none of them have anything obviously crawling around in
> them.  I've never done anything with my flours other than leave them in 
> the
> paper sack they came in, rolling down the top after it's been opened.
> Am I just lucky?  I've probably jinxed it now, just by asking...
> -Helena
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