How to store flour to make it last longer

 

Discover the best way to store your flour to keep it fresh as long as possible. You can use this technique with plain flour, self-raising flour, 00 flour, gluten free flours and more.

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How to lengthen the life of your flour

Flour is a perishable item, and it's best to only puchase as much flour as you'll use in one to two months. However, if you keep your flour in the right conditions it can last for much longer. Flour doesn't like light, heat or moisture, so using the following techniques will help to keep any type of flour fresh.

How to store flour

  1. Select packets that are intact and are still in date.
     
  2. Store flour in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. The pantry or another location well away from heat-producing appliances such as ovens, stoves, fridges and toasters is preferable. 
     
  3. Label containers clearly with the contents and best before dates.
     
  4. Freeze or refrigerate flour in an airtight container to make flour last longer. It is essential that the container is airtight and watertight to prevent moisture. Allow the flour to come to room temperature before using.

This tip for making flour last longer is particularly useful for wholemeal flour and almond flour or meal. These flours have a naturally shorter shelf-life than some other flours, discover more about the different types of flour here.

Get the recipe: Buttermilk and Vanilla Bean Scones

This beautiful scone recipe uses self-raising flour which is more sensitive to moisture in storage, airtight containers are important to keep it fresh.

Get the recipe: Portuguese Custard Tarts

The custard in these tarts are made with corn flour, which you can store using the steps above.

Get the recipe: Wholemeal Date and Walnut Loaf

The wholemeal flour in this lovely loaf is best stored in the fridge or freezer using the steps above, as it has a shorter natural shelf-life than other flours.

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