Replies: 18 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 1:52 AM Last Post By: Icelander
Nov 18, 2012 5:49 PM
Hypothetically speakingif you were to find out that when your wife opened up the flour to make a baked chocolate fudge pudding for dessert, she saw some really tiny little brown spots that moved...
... and she picked them out and used the flour anyway...
... how upset would you be?
Edited by: Scrubb to add that of course this is hypothetical, because your wife would have the sense not to ever tell you
Nov 18, 2012 11:24 PM
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Nov 19, 2012 5:33 AM
6Hypothetically speaking, I wouldn't be upset at all. In reality, I might lose my appetite.
The most important thing is not to tell. On one occasion, I was making pasta for company, and after I emptied the package of pasta into the boiling water, I noticed a lot of little dark things come to the surface. They were insects of some sort. I don't know if they were alive when they went into the pot, but they were certainly dead as they were being tossed around by the boiling water. Everyone else was in the living room with drinks, so I reached for a sieve and in one or two sweeps had all the dead bodies out of the water and disposed of. No one ever knew.
Some years later, I saw a suggestion that made sense, and that I've followed since seeing it: When you bring home a package of flour, put it in the freezer for 24 hours. The cold will kill any critters that might be in the flour. It's more likely that there were eggs in the flour when you bought it, and they matured while the flour was on your pantry shelf.
Nov 19, 2012 6:57 AM
7Whew, it's good to hear that I am not as disgusting as I was afraid I might be.
I think these were too small to sift out. I just spooned out anything that wasn't white. There weren't a lot.
NA, I might try that, but I bake extremely rarely so this flour has been open for probably more than a year - I think if they'd been eggs when I bought it, they'd have hatched before this.
The flour is in an old ice cream tub with a snap on lid that I thought was air tight - not sure what to do with it now, if that's not 'safe'.
Nov 19, 2012 7:04 AM
8I remember buying some tamarind in Egypt and putting it in an airtight container when I got home, about a week later it had a colony of strange bugs in there.
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Nov 19, 2012 10:36 AM
12nutrax - thanks for that. Guess I'll throw this flour out as it's most likely stale now anyway; when I buy a new bag I'll just put a tiny bit in the airtight tub and store the rest in the freezer.
I can admit that the cake part of the pudding doesn't taste fantastic - thought it might be due to the expired baking powder - I added a bit extra in case it didn't perform and thought maybe that extra 1/2 tsp changed the taste. Now I'm thinking maybe it's the flour itself.
Nov 19, 2012 10:47 AM
13There were a few summers in which we got fruit flies in our coffee regularly. I would get a paper towel and scoop them out. Didn't die from it, obviously. And we couldn't get to the coffee fast enough to keep them out.
I wouldn't mind a wife if she did all the cleaning and some of the cooking. My husband would love it if she were quiet, cooperative and nice looking. ;)
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