Can you freeze flour?

In this brief guide, we will be answering the following question” can you freeze flour?” We will also discuss the factors which cause the spoilage of flour. We will also discuss why it is necessary to store flour in the freezer. 

Can you freeze flour?

Yes, you can freeze flour to save it from bugs and pest infestation.  Freezing does not allow any microbes and bugs to produce in the flour. 

To avoid the spoilage of flour it should be placed in a cool area, tightly packed away from moisture. In general, an unopened flour bag will last 2-4 months in the pantry and 6-12 months in the refrigerator.

The moisture content in the flour will make it clumpy and can even cause mould to grow. So to store your flour you must keep it in the refrigerator or in the freezer.

What are the factors that cause the spoilage of flour?

The texture, taste and shelf life of almond flour are affected by the following factors.

  • Temperature increases and heat alters the texture of flour and causes the production of bugs and microbes in the flour.
  • Moisture if moisture is added to the flour it will not be suitable to store at room temperature as moisture causes the growth of mould and it also alters the texture of flour.
  • Air exposure will change the taste and texture of the flour.
  • Heat alters the texture of flour and causes the production of bugs and microbes in the flour.
  • Cross-contamination causes the production of certain food-born pathogens like listeria four and these pathogens can cause food poisoning.

What is the proper way to store flour?

  • Heat and moisture will damage your flour and allow moulds to develop, so avoid them. Unless you reside in a tropical region or a place where hot days can be brutal, your kitchen pantry or cabinet will suffice. If you’re unsure, staying in the kitchen might help you relax.
  • You can also store it with other dry goods in one large sealed container for added protection. If you have a family member who is allergic to almonds or tree nuts, be cautious. Ensure that the flour does not spill and contaminate the rest of the dry ingredients.

You can freeze your flour in dry and dough form. 

To freeze flour in dry and dough form, follow the steps below:

  • Take dry flour and separate it into portion sizes.
  • Take an air-tight bag or container and add flour to it, and make sure there is no moisture in it.
  • Moisture will spoil the flour.
  • Freeze it in the freezer for upto 6 months.
  • When you are ready to use it just let it rest at room temperature.
  • If you want to store flour dough then you can repeat the same procedure and your dough will be safe to use for the next few months.

Why is it necessary to store the flour in the freezer?

Storing the flour in the freezer is not necessary but if you can not provide optimal conditions to it at room temperature then it is a better option to freeze it rather than spoil it.

  • Freezing decreases the microbial and bug infestation in the flour.
  • Freezing increases the shelf life of flour for upto 6 months.

 What are the health benefits of eating flour?

The health benefits of eating flour are as under:

  • Enriched flour is a major source of vitamin E  which is a fat-soluble vitamin. One of the many health benefits of vitamin E includes its antioxidant property.

    Antioxidants kill the free radicals present in the cells and by doing this they prevent the risk of cancer and several other chronic diseases.
  • Several studies prove that taking vitamin E can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and heart diseases.
  • Whole wheat flour is a rich source of healthy fibres and it has low carbohydrate content. It is beneficial for diabetic people to eat whole wheat flour as it has a low glycemic index which means it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels quickly.
  • Flour is a rich source of magnesium, which is a mineral that is very beneficial for your body, as it helps in the management of blood sugar levels.
  • Magnesium is an important mineral present in many types of flours. 100 g of almond flour contains 268 mg of magnesium in it. Eating magnesium-rich foods provide several health benefits including improving heart health and improving blood glucose levels of the body.
  • Wheat flour is not a good option for people who are suffering from celiac disease. They need a gluten-free alternative that is good for their health.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we answered the following question: “Can you freeze flour?” We also discussed the factors which cause the spoilage of flour. We also discussed why it is necessary to store flour in the freezer.  We also got to know the proper way to freeze flour.

References 

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/000456329102800103 

https://www.verywellfit.com/flour-nutrition-facts-calories-and-health-benefits-4119166#:~:text=grams%20of%20 protein.-Vitamins%20and%20 Minerals,iron%2C%20 manganese%2C%20and%20phosphorus

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.