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The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we can find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white stuff that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the bread outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale bread that falls

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  1. #1
    Annie De
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    The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we can

    find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white stuff

    that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the bread

    outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale bread

    that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.



    So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread. I'd

    rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of the

    ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread recipe

    that we like and is easy to make.



    I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down on

    costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into it

    but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in my

    house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to keep it

    secure. Any ideas?




    Anne








  2. #2
    melinda irvin
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    A five gallon bucket with a lid is perfect! One to hold flour, one to hold sugar! Just go to your local fast food place and ask for an empty pickle bucket ( 5 gallon size) It is free, perfect container and you help recycle!

    Annie De <annie_de@yahoo.com> wrote: The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we can
    find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white stuff
    that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the bread
    outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale bread
    that
    falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.

    So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread. I'd
    rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of the
    ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread recipe
    that we like and is easy to make.

    I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down on
    costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into it
    but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in my
    house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to keep it
    secure. Any ideas?

    Anne




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  3. #3
    TheBusinessDiva
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    Store it in ziplock bags and freeze it. I do it all the time. When your flour container is empty, just take out a ziplock, sit it out so that it gets to room temperature and then it&#39;s ready to use. Right now I have about 20 pounds in my deep freezer.

    Rhonda


    On Jan 11, 2008 2:05 PM, Annie De <annie_de@yahoo.com> wrote:








    The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we can
    find is $2 a loaf, and that&#39;s for the highly-proccessed, white stuff
    that I can&#39;t stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the bread
    outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale bread
    that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.

    So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread. I&#39;d
    rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of the
    ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread recipe
    that we like and is easy to make.

    I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down on
    costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can&#39;t get into it
    but not be intrusive? I don&#39;t have a lot of storage or closets in my
    house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to keep it
    secure. Any ideas?

    Anne

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  4. #4
    herberkids3
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    What about 5 gallon buckets with lids? I don't know if they are as

    air tight as tupperwear style containers, but certainly much larger

    and easier to store.





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Annie De" <annie_de@...> wrote:

    >

    > The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we

    can

    > find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white

    stuff

    > that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the

    bread

    > outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale

    bread

    > that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.

    >

    > So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread.

    I'd

    > rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of

    the

    > ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread

    recipe

    > that we like and is easy to make.

    >

    > I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down

    on

    > costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into

    it

    > but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in


    my

    > house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to

    keep it

    > secure. Any ideas?

    >

    > Anne

    >










  5. #5
    russellhome
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    You can freeze flour in ziplock bags. Also, you might consider

    purchasing 5 gallon buckets. You can purchase a lid called a "gamma

    lid" that is air tight and has a screw on/off feature.



    Hae you considered just buying wheat and a mill and grinding your own

    wheat? The longer it sits already ground, the less nutrients it has.



    If you need help finding a gamma lid or bucket, I have a friend here

    locally from whom we buy our wheat and she does ship products,

    including the gamma lids, but I am not sure of the details. Her email

    is: edie@wildblue.net.



    Enjoy your bread! I am sure it is delicious!

    Malia Russell






  6. #6
    Gypsum Moon
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    As soon as you get the flour home, re-bag it in freezer

    ziplocs. Freeze it for 24 hours, then take the bags out

    and store them as you like (or leave them in the freezer).


    Freezing for 24 hours will kill any critters that are

    living in the flour when you buy it.


    Cindy in KS



  7. #7
    Christine Mayernik
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    I've also heard that all flour comes with bugs or larve and if you freeze it that will kill it off. My grandmother always said to freeze the flour before you open it to kill the bugs.

    TheBusinessDiva <TheBusinessDiva@gmail.com> wrote: Store it in ziplock bags and freeze it. I do it all the time. When your flour container is empty, just take out a ziplock, sit it out so that it gets to room temperature and then it's ready to use. Right now I have about 20 pounds in my deep freezer. Rhonda

    <DIV class="gmail_quote">On Jan 11, 2008 2:05 PM, Annie De <annie_de@yahoo.com> wrote:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="gmail_quote" style="BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid;"> <DIV style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff;"> The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we can
    find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white stuff
    that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the bread
    outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale bread
    that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.

    So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread. I'd
    rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of the
    ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread recipe
    that we like and is easy to make.

    I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb
    bags) to cut down on
    costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into it
    but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in my
    house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to keep it
    secure. Any ideas?

    Anne

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  8. #8
    Christina Wyatt
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    I store mine in the deep freeze. Christina

    herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote: What about 5 gallon buckets with lids? I don't know if they are as
    air tight as tupperwear style containers, but certainly much larger
    and easier to store.

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Annie De" <annie_de@...> wrote:
    >
    > The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we
    can
    > find is $2 a loaf, and
    that's for the highly-proccessed, white
    stuff
    > that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the
    bread
    > outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale
    bread
    > that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.
    >
    > So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread.
    I'd
    > rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of
    the
    > ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread
    recipe
    > that we like and is easy to make.
    >
    > I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down
    on
    > costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into
    it
    > but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in
    my
    > house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to
    keep it
    > secure. Any ideas?
    >
    >
    Anne
    >




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  9. #9
    Dee Bleau
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    Ya know I was reading and I have thought about making bread. What is the recipie that you use.

    herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote: What about 5 gallon buckets with lids? I don't know if they are as
    air tight as tupperwear style containers, but certainly much larger
    and easier to store.

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Annie De" <annie_de@...> wrote:
    >
    > The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The
    cheapest we
    can
    > find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white
    stuff
    > that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the
    bread
    > outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale
    bread
    > that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.
    >
    > So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread.
    I'd
    > rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of
    the
    > ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread
    recipe
    > that we like and is easy to make.
    >
    > I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down
    on
    > costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into
    it
    > but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in
    my
    > house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to
    keep it
    > secure.
    Any ideas?
    >
    > Anne
    >




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  10. #10
    Gail Moncivais
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    Hi Anne I have not had much computer time so I was unable to reply before this. The freezer is a good place to store flour. I have two 32 quart lock lid containers. One for my flour and one for sugar. The sit on my pantry floor. I also have heavy garbage bags inside each of them. When I finally empty all the contents out (about once a year) I check the bag for open spaces and replace. But if you do not have room for this I would suggest the freezer, especially the ziploc bags. It will keep the flour fresh and no bugs.
    Gail N.E. PA.


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  11. #11
    stantonpa
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    In my case I have never had to by any flour in balk other then at Xmas

    time for backing. I keep my day-to-day flour in the fridge. I was

    lucky to find an airtight contain at big lots that holds one 5lbs bag.

    When I was young my mother would use bay leave in the flour tin. I

    never say a bug in any of her flour growing up. Bugs are not a problem

    for me because I live up north. I only keep mine in the fridge for

    freshness.



    Let us know how the bread backing turns out. I am also discussed with

    the price of a loaf of bread.










  12. #12
    sandy miller
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    I also freeze my flour in baggies and write on it what is in there.I also freeze my extra baking soda,baking powder,sugar,powdered sugar and brown sugar in baggies.I had heard you could also use 5 gallon buckets but was afraid of the buckets getting bugs in them.I have found these posts very interesting.I still buy some breaD for quick ease but do make breads,rolls,cinnamon rolls,homemade scratch cakes and cookies,scratch pancakes and so on.My family loves the extra work I go to and hubby prefers my scratch cakes over boxed cakes.When I make cookies,I make 3x the recipe and put the extra in freezer bags and into the freezer.I do not buy already made cookies as a rule unless there is a great sale on Oreos(My fav).I also make extra pancakes when I make my scratch pancakes and put wax paper in between each cake until I have a bag full then bag that up.I try to make 2-3 days worth and then stick that in the freezer.Makes for a very quick and easy
    breakfast.
    Sandy

    russellhome <russellhome@gmail.com> wrote: You can freeze flour in ziplock bags. Also, you might consider
    purchasing 5 gallon buckets. You can purchase a lid called a "gamma
    lid" that is air tight and has a screw on/off feature.

    Hae you considered just buying wheat and a mill and grinding your own
    wheat? The longer it sits already ground, the less nutrients it has.

    If you need help finding a gamma lid or bucket, I have a friend here
    locally from whom we buy our wheat and she does ship products,

    including the gamma lids, but I am not sure of the details. Her email
    is: edie@wildblue.net.

    Enjoy your bread! I am sure it is delicious!
    Malia Russell
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  13. #13
    Herlean
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    If you have one of those Food Saver machines, you can store it in those bags - which can be customized. They will be airtight and watertight. Less expensive than the machine are Lock N Lock containers. They are inexpensive, reusable, guaranteed for a long time (life time, I believe) and they have various sizes. You can even get ones specifically designed for BULK storage (like 20 lbs of flour, cat food, etc.) Check www.qvc.com and search Lock N Lock. I have a bread machine and I am going to use it more often this year. We hardly ever eat a full loaf of bread from the grocery store. I like the idea of making a smaller loaf at home, with my own ingredients and whatever size I want it to be. Herlean

    Annie De <annie_de@yahoo.com> wrote: The rise in bread prices has floored us recently. The cheapest we can
    find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white stuff
    that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the bread
    outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale bread
    that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.

    So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread. I'd
    rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of the
    ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread recipe
    that we like and is easy to make.

    I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down on
    costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into it
    but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in my
    house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to keep it

    secure. Any ideas?

    Anne



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  14. #14
    Herlean
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    I got the huge plastic storage container that I re-use with our pet food from the pet store. It was included with the mail in rebate, one I actually completed. LOL It was great. If you use pet food (dry), contact the pet food company and ask if you can get one. Probably pretty reasonable. You don't have to put the food in it. Use it for your flour. Herlean

    TheBusinessDiva <TheBusinessDiva@gmail.com> wrote: Store it in ziplock bags and freeze it. I do it all the time. When your flour container is empty, just take out a ziplock, sit it out so that it gets to room temperature and then it's ready to use. Right now I have about 20 pounds in my deep freezer. Rhonda

    <DIV class="gmail_quote">On Jan 11, 2008 2:05 PM, Annie De <annie_de@yahoo.com> wrote:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="gmail_quote" style="BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid;"> <DIV style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff;"> The rise in bread prices
    has floored us recently. The cheapest we can
    find is $2 a loaf, and that's for the highly-proccessed, white stuff
    that I can't stand to put in my body. I know many swear by the bread
    outlet stores but our local store is filled with overly stale bread
    that falls apart the moment you try to do anything with it.

    So, being home all day, I decided to start baking our own bread. I'd
    rather invest the time in making bread where I know what all of the
    ingredients are. After much experimentation, I found a bread recipe
    that we like and is easy to make.

    I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down on
    costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into it
    but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in my
    house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to keep it
    secure. Any ideas?

    Anne

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    armstrca
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    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="234184614-14012008">How much freezer space do you have?
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="234184614-14012008">You can put it in gallon Ziploc baggies, then freeze it. Move it from the freezer to your canister when you need to refill it.
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="234184614-14012008">
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="234184614-14012008">Are there no day-old bread shops by you? It is cheap there, and still very fresh.
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    I want to buy flour in bulk from Costco (20 lb bags) to cut down on costs. The question is, how can I store it so bugs can't get into it but not be intrusive? I don't have a lot of storage or closets in my house to hide a container and with 2 inqusitive kids, I have to keep it secure. Any ideas?

    Anne



 

 

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