Freeze Grains To Avoid Weevils

Freeze Grains To Avoid Weevils

If you buy large sacks of flour, oats or rice, you should be on guard for weevils. Weevils are small beetles that feed on whole and processed grains, nuts and seeds. Commodity grains are often treated with diatomaceous earth to kill the pests, which works well but can’t get all of them. An easy way to surely kill any potential weevils in your foods is to freeze the the entire package for two days.

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Pest control expert Peder Hoyum recommends freezing as it will kill any active weevils and their eggs so that you don’t have any nasty surprises when you open that 12kg bag of awesome jasmine rice. This is a good method to use on anything you buy in bulk, but is overkill to use on each box of pancake mix or oatmeal, as those products will most likely be consumed before any existing weevil eggs hatch.

It’s not fun to think about the pests that could potentially be in our food, but it is much better to eliminate that concern up front for free than to have to throw away costly bulk foods later.

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  • Another method that works well, particularly if you’re using air tight storage tubs or jars that are too large to fit in the freezer, is to use dry ice. Put a block of dry ice in the tub, on top of the food, and leave it to sublimate (go from solid straight to gas) with the lid placed (but not fixed) on top. As CO2 is heavier than air it will displace all the air in the tub leaving nothing for wee beasties to breathe.

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