How do you store flour(s) and sugars in your kitchen?
I am looking in to buying flour in bulk, but need to know -- how do you store it?!
Thanks in advance for your tips!
I have two rubbermaid bins on the bottom shelf of my pantry - one for whole wheat and one for all purpose. They are almost big enough to fit a 22 lb bag of flour in .. the remainder goes in another storage tote in one of our storage areas, along with my other baking supplies surplus (extra sugar, salt, oats etc). I have also heard you can freezer flour?
I buy my white flour in 25 pound bags and store them in 22 qt/20L commercial sized bins like these http://food-cart.hubert.com/hubert-food-storage-box.html. One bag of flour fits perfectly in there. I found the bins at our local Cash&Carry United Groceries restaurant supply store. They work really well. I have however just started using more whole wheat flour and heard large amounts can go rancid before you use them, so I thinking of perhaps getting a wheat grinder....but I don't know yet. Hope that helps somewhat. :)
I don't buy in bulk, so can't help you with that kind of quantity. I store mine in Rubbermaid containers that hold over 5 pounds each.
I buy the biggest tupperware containers they have, and stuff them full. Then I keep a normal size Tupperware cannister in my pantry. Easier to pick up. :)
I bought some large food grade plastic tubs from Gordon Food Service (a local restaurant supply store).
I keep the majority of it in the garage, then a recycled plastic food container (like the ones for animal crackers or soy nuts) in the kitchen cupboard. I empty them and wash them every 3-4 weeks.
We use jars for everything- after throwing away a lot of our bulk stuff last year after bugs got in it- we started using canning jars. I LOVE it! I can easily see everything in the pantry and cabinets, and there are different sizes for whatever you are storing- we use the half gallon size for flours and sugar. I even put chocolate chips right into a jar when I buy them!
I use these IKEA containers http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/90076364, and keep them stored on an open shelf in the kitchen (I have also had them stacked with a small water cooler on too). Love the easy access to flour. I go through a 22lb bag of both whole wheat and unbleached flour every couple months, and have not had a problem with bugs nor has the WW gone rancid.
Sorry if this double posts, tried it once and computer is acting funny. I just solved the same problem this weekend. I was so excited about it. I went to Smart and Final and got a large tub with lid ($20 plus tax total). Restaraunt quality and air-tight. I just wouldn't trust anything less. I know rubbermaid is good for a lot of things, but this one, not so sure.I was able to fit a 50lb bag of flour with a bit of shaking it down with only enough let over for 2 ziplock freezer bags (those went to my mother-in-law since I share like that).Next time I might get 25 pounds, depending on how long this one takes, but at $11 for the bag, it's perfect!I'm very excited!
I use the same bins as Jackie from Cash & Carry...I have 5 for the AP flour, sugar, rolled oats, soft wheat berries and hard white berries. I have smaller ones for the kitchen because they're easier to handle, but refill with the larger ones. I've NEVER had buggy flour using them. Excellent storage bins!
http://theprudenthomemaker.com/default.aspx has great articles in her 'pantry' tab that should be a great help! She has such great info to reference.
I buy flour when it's on sale (so rare, but so exciting) in 5lb bags because I only bake with a certain brand of flour (Gold Medal Unbleached) and I can't find it in large bags. I buy up to 5 bags at a time and put them way back in the freezer. I've never had a problem with any of my baked goods turning out funny or the flour going bad before I could use it. I don't use as much wheat flour as you do, so I can't say that wheat flour would keep as well as white does, but I've had very good luck with storing it (in its own bag) in the freezer.
I store mine in plastic sealable containers - there is a top and part of it pops down to seal off the container. I live in Georgia so we have problems with bugs and have to be really careful about stuff like that - but it's actually neater to store and organize!We got ours at T.J. Maxx - I would definitely look there (or Marshalls, Ross, etc.) to get ideas!
Containers in my deep freeze.
I store all my stuff in regular rubbermaid canisters. They're my favorite. The only thing I really buy in bulk is bread flour (25lbs at a time!) and I store that in a rolling dog food container! It was the skinnest thing I could find that was also easy to pull over to where I was cooking. It works great!
You can always depend on tupperware!
I use old ice cream buckets for my ww flour, and store it in the freezer (in summer) and the pantry (like a freezer) in the winter. White flour is in a rubbermaid bin in the cupboard and it's never gone bad.
Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear from you; especially how you're finding JOY in your kitchen.