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Hi Folks,

We broke out some of our food storage the other day and made some brownies. Yep, part of our storage is cocoa. No matter how bad things get daddy needs his chocolate! :D

Anyway, they really didn't taste right so we started investigating. We found that our flour ~2 years old and in a sealed metal gallon can with an oxygen absorber in it was the culprit.

So, any tips on getting the taste/smell out of metal canned flour?

I sure appreciate the help.

All the Best,

Bill
 

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You bad flour

We have had flour stored for over four years. Today I made a loaf of bread and it was fine. We stored it in the sealed plastic container. We live in eastern Washington south of Spokane, so you get an idea of our climate. We also have flour stored in the Home Depot five gallon buckets. I was advised to put a bay leaf on the top of the flour, and leave it there to ward off insects.
Hope this helps with storage, sorry I can not speak to your situation of bad flour, only how we have fared.
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Hi Folks,

We broke out some of our food storage the other day and made some brownies. Yep, part of our storage is cocoa. No matter how bad things get daddy needs his chocolate! :D

Anyway, they really didn't taste right so we started investigating. We found that our flour ~2 years old and in a sealed metal gallon can with an oxygen absorber in it was the culprit.

So, any tips on getting the taste/smell out of metal canned flour?

I sure appreciate the help.

All the Best,

Bill
Sometimes whole wheat flour will go rancid but Emergency Essentials says their canned flour will last a long, long time.
 

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Was this flour factory canned er somthin yall put up yerself? I'm wonderin if it be somethin ta do with the metal can itself. I don't ever use metal, either plactic buckets, vac bags er mylar. Simply a guess.
 

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Was this flour factory canned er somthin yall put up yerself? I'm wonderin if it be somethin ta do with the metal can itself. I don't ever use metal, either plactic buckets, vac bags er mylar. Simply a guess.
"""I'm wonderin if it be somethin ta do with the metal can itself."""

Exactly...and I tend to think about the following after reading lots of uncouth things manufacturers do..especially to canned goods..
Could the 2 year stored flour possibly have been older than the 4 year old stored flour regardless of the use by date??
I would bet that happens more often than not regardless of the 'use by date'.
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I'm real sensitive to flour that has gone "off". This is why I am storing the whole wheat now. I do know that this flour won't "hurt" you in any way, it just isn't as tasty. Sometimes the taste dissapates when it's cooked in a recipe, sometimes it doesn't.
 

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there's only one way to store flour and that's in a freezer, another reason to store wheat and a grinder. most processed grains will not store well
this is flour from 2007
 

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I'm real sensitive to flour that has gone "off". This is why I am storing the whole wheat now. I do know that this flour won't "hurt" you in any way, it just isn't as tasty. Sometimes the taste dissapates when it's cooked in a recipe, sometimes it doesn't.
rancid may be the word you want.
 

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Use Food Grade Buckets

We have had flour stored for over four years. Today I made a loaf of bread and it was fine. We stored it in the sealed plastic container. We live in eastern Washington south of Spokane, so you get an idea of our climate. We also have flour stored in the Home Depot five gallon buckets. I was advised to put a bay leaf on the top of the flour, and leave it there to ward off insects.
Hope this helps with storage, sorry I can not speak to your situation of bad flour, only how we have fared.
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Hate to see these posting of people packing food using paint buckets from the home improvement stores ........ even worse when a buffer like a mylar bag isn't used ........

just one reason - a "mold release" agent is used in the manufacture of buckets ..... it is simply a chemical coating create a non binding between the raw plastic and the bucket shaped mold ..... a special and much more expensive non toxic / FDA approved release agent must be used for food grade buckets ....... this release agent binds into the plastic and can not be washed out ...... using a non food grade bucket for any kind of food usage is the worst idea in the world
 

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I agree about hardware buckets as compared to bakery buckets-I get all of mine from a local bakery(most are 3 1/2 to 4 gallon and not 5) they are clean and have good rubber gaskets on the lids and only .99¢ each.. Food safe-not all white number 2 buckets are food grade.
I also use bay leaves in my cupboards and flour to keep India mealy moths out.
 

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Your Flour

If packaged right, your flour can last up to 10 years.

We currently package white four in #10 cans with a 1200cc oxygen absorber. We also recommend storing it in the refrigerator.

If your can sealer isn't sealing the can right, the slightest leak will cause your flour to go bad pretty quick.

We are experimenting with packaging flour in vacuum sealed Mylar bags and then sealing them in #10 cans with an oxygen absorber.

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Thanks Tony, we are thinking to do the same... Mylar bags and sealed buckets though.

Hi Dean, we have a lot! Probably about 20 cases of 6 cans each. We'll keep it and eat it if needed, but we will try to replace it over time.

It is quite possible that the can we opened just wasn't sealed well or something... we're hoping anyway.

Take Good Care,

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Hi OCH,

We did it ourselves at a cannery. They had professional staff and equipment. We're hoping it was just a bad seal on one can... we still have lots more of it in the basement!

All the Best,

Bill
 

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Smelly Four Update

Hi Folks,

As an update... we have been into several cans of flour now and none of them smell or taste weird like the one I mentioned before. Not sure what happened... just hoping it doesn't happen again.

That said; if we get hungry enough smelly / weird tasting flour will be a welcomed treat :)

All the Best,

Bill
 

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Sounds good - it was probably just a bad-can like you said. Good to know that your whole batch wasn't bad. :congrat:
 

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Hi Folks,

As an update... we have been into several cans of flour now and none of them smell or taste weird like the one I mentioned before. Not sure what happened... just hoping it doesn't happen again.

That said; if we get hungry enough smelly / weird tasting flour will be a welcomed treat :)

All the Best,

Bill
you could always feed it to the chickens and 'fatten' em up ;)
 

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I noticed at Lowes the other day, they are carrying food grade buckets. They are white. So, I picked up a few. Like 3 bucks each.
 

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Oh yeah. Paint cans are a bad, bad idea without using a non-permeable liner. Those cans are NOT food safe. There's no telling what's in there. I wouldn't use even food cans (#10s) without a liner per the folks at my local LDS cannery.

Use a mylar bag and seal it with an O2 and it should last much better. Maybe not 20 years like wheat berries, but are any of us really thinking that we're prepping for 20 years from now?

If I have to throw out or go ahead and use and replace stuff 5 years from now I'll consider myself blessed.

John
 
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