If you don’t know your way around a kitchen very well (guilty), it may never have occurred to you to freeze flour. But it’s possible, and not only is it possible, if you’re dealing with whole-grain flour, you should freeze it.
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The Kitchn breaks down the basic difference between whole-grain and regular, processed flour. Basically, whole-wheat and whole-grain flours still include the bran and germ of a grain, which means they’re more prone to spoiling, and, according to the Kitchn, “can go rancid pretty quickly.” In fact, whole-grain flour has a shelf life of only a few months, but freezing it can prolong that life.
They add that whole-grain flour is also more prone to attract pests, so yes, I’m convinced, let’s stick it in the freezer. Just put it in an airtight container or a freezer bag. When you’re ready to use it, just take it out and let it defrost a bit. Whole-wheat flour can last up to six months in the freezer, and you can check out this handy guide to see the shelf life of other flours.
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