Has your ﬂour ever turned into a breeding ground for little bugs? Maybe baking took a backburner for a few months and when you revisited your ﬂour bag out popped a little bug? Have you seen them and wondered what to do? Do you sift through the powdery mess, discarding the bugs and save the ﬂour or immediately throw everything away?
We heard some rumors, mostly from around the time of the Great Depression, when folks still used infested ﬂour. Could this be why the ﬂour sifter was invented?
This pesky pest issue was one we were curious about so we posed the question to the experts: would any of them cook or bake with buggy ﬂour? It was added to our culinary conundrum series, and today we share what the experts would do. The answers may surprise you…or maybe not! (Likely not!)
Nope — when ﬂour gets buggy, we’re always sure to throw it away. – Editors at Food52
My mother always did, so I don’t. – Melissa Clark, food columnist for The New York Times and cookbook author
Never ever! Throw it out! – Joan Weir, chef, restaurateur and cookbook author
No, I would not. Even though I hate to waste food, this is one condition that would bother me, although in many countries insects are a food source. – Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian
No. Buggy ﬂour gets tossed. That gives me the heeby jeebies. If you live in a buggy area, store your ﬂour in a sealed airtight container. — Michelle Dudash, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and Chef Consultant
Need advice on storing grains and ﬂours? We recommend this helpful storage chart from our Whole Grains Council.