Checking and processing after purchase
Choosing grats and pasta in the store, it is better to prefer products in transparent packaging through which you can visually assess their quality. There shouldn’t be a lot of rubbish, lumps, black dots, mold marks and much less insects in a good product. It is also important to check the tightness of the
After buying cereals and pasta it is advisable to re-take at home to eliminate unpleasant surprises in the form of beetles or moths. Unfortunately, insect larvae cannot always be detected. To protect yourself from their possible appearance, you can carry out preventive treatment of cereals: roll in the oven or in a pan without oil. The same effect is achieved if you send the product for a day to the freezer or to the balcony during the winter season. All these measures will not affect the taste properties of cereals.
The correct choice of containers
cereals and pasta is not recommended to store in factory packaging because after opening it is impaired its tightness and the product may become spoiled due to humidity changes or exposure of insects from outside. It is also undesirable to use plastic bags for this purpose: they often have a greenhouse effect and produce mold, unpleasant odor.
What to store cereals and pasta in? Plastic, glass or ceramic containers can be purchased. It is best if these containers are transparent, so that there is always an opportunity to quickly evaluate the quality of the product. In addition, an additional advantage will be if the containers have minimal air access for ventilation.
For storage cereals and macaroni suitable and regular glass cans or plastic bottles from under milk, juice. In their covers, a few small holes must also be made to prevent the greenhouse effect. But metal containers are best avoided, as they can rust and give products an undesirable taste.
Processing containers and kitchen shelves
Do not mix cereals and pasta from different packages. They may have different expiration dates and even at one manufacturer differ in taste or duration of cooking.
Before filling the new packaging in the storage tank, it must be washed using soda or at least dried with boiling water. In order to prevent the appearance of pests, kitchen shelves and crates, where pasta and cereals are stored, should be regularly processed. To do this, they are wiped from the inside using vinegar. You can also place matchboxes with salt at the corners, in which several holes are made using the needle. Salt will absorb excess moisture and serve as an additional disinfectant.
Compliance with storage conditions
Undoubtedly, without compliance with storage conditions, you should not expect the product to lose its consumer properties for a long time. The ideal temperature regime for cereals and pasta varies between 18-25 degrees with a relative humidity of 65 -75%. These products should be protected from direct exposure to sunlight.
The right choice of storage space
based on storage conditions, you need to choose the right place in the kitchen for cereals and macaroni. For this purpose, not suitable rooms with high humidity – cellars or cellars. For the same reason, you can’t store bulk products in the fridge.
If the house does not have a separate pantry with good ventilation, prefer kitchen cabinets, furthest from the battery, sinks, cookers. Between the upper and lower shelves, it is better to prefer the latter, as evaporation and warm air always move upwards. And at the bottom, the products will be more reliably protected from humidity and sunlight.
Folk remedies from insects
Experience of past generations offers many folk remedies to prevent the appearance in cereals of insects, unpleasant smell, mold. To do this, in containers where bulk products are stored, it is necessary to place a few pieces of bay leaf, or a bag of rock salt, clove bars, dry crust of orange or lemon, unpeeled garlic cloves, mint gum pads. To preserve freshness and pleasant aroma, a pod of burning peppers can be added to the rice grouse.
Compliance with expiration dates
No measures and tricks will help when pasta or cereals have expired. Therefore, when purchasing a large batch of bulk products it is necessary to take into account the speed of their consumption. For example, pasta with the addition of tomato paste and greens are stored no more than 3 months, using eggs and milk — no more than 5 months. Pasta made from flour and water has the greatest shelf life: it is 1 year.
Storage times for various cereals range from 4 to 24 months. The fastest spoil oat flakes, and as long as the consumer properties of peas (24 months), rice (18 months) and buckwheat (20 months) are preserved.