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Bulk rice/bean/flour freezing question?
February 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM
I know that it is best to freeze flour twice to kill all the bugs and things in it to keep it from going bad/getting bugs.

Do you need to do something similar to bulk beans and rice to prevent bugs. I would think that the beans and or rice would absorb moisture in the freezer but I may be wrong..

Bulk food storage mama's what do you do?


  • mamabearlehman
    February 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM

     I would can the beans and use food grade 5 gallon buckets for the rest. I don't freeze flour but my friends vaccum seal and freeze it


  • michiganmom116
    February 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I stored them in airtight containers in the freezer.

  • TexanMomOf6
    February 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. There is also a pool grade but it is not safe for consumption. I read were you can add it directly into the dry goods. Has sharp edges and pierces the exoskeleton of insects. They dehydrate and die. Just Google it.

  • a_and_j_momma
    February 16, 2013 at 9:48 PM
    I store my bags inside ziplock bags in the cupboard. I have never had or seen bugs
  • tiredmomfor2
    February 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I do something similar..but was just wondering about it. Wanted to check and make sure I wasn't doing something I should be. lol

    Quoting a_and_j_momma:

    I store my bags inside ziplock bags in the cupboard. I have never had or seen bugs

  • specialwingz
    February 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I vacuum seal everything and store it in the freezer.

  • lrose57
    by lrose57
    February 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM
    The ziplocs do not keep the bugs out...we had a infestation of flour bugs and they were black moths,,,.had to bleach all of the cabinet shelves, and they were even in my cookbook pages! Had to freeze all of the flours and keep in freezer and then I was told that bay leaves kept them I taped bay lea ves on the shelves, put in the lids of the jars that I had pasta and rice in and it seems to work. e Always check when you open a bag or box for little egg type stuff or things moving.....yuk! Now we have a few mice that like my stash and my glue traps work, but the dogs found them before I did...getting the glue off of the dogs was fun....
  • matreshka
    February 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    I haven't had any bugs in any of those things I just keep them in air tight containers in the pantry.

  • funkycat
    February 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I recently learned that the standard for flour and cornmeal putity allows for bug eggs, like weavels and worms. The standards are lower than 30 years ago. Sad to learn this.

  • marney.p
    February 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I store openend rice and flour in the fridge. it seems ok.

    But I have a big fridge,


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