Flour Storage


We live in the boonies, surrounded by wetlands, and all the critters and bugs that come with that. I would like to store my flour to keep out creepy crawlies and was wondering if anyone knew what size container would hold a five pound bag. Would a gallon jar do it?

badge posted by: chicklady on April 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm in Q & A
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reply by: MangoChutney - Sandra Too on April 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm
MangoChutney - Sandra Too

A one-gallon jar should hold 5 pounds of flour. I just measured the volume of one of the cans that my grain comes in, and that was 14 cups for 5 pounds. That is 5.7 ounces per cup for my grain.

Measured on my kitchen scale, my grain weighs about 6 ounces per cup and by that same method my flour weighs about 5 ounces per cup. 5 pounds of flour at 5 ounces per cup is 16 cups, which is one gallon.

reply by: chicklady on April 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Thanks MangoChutney (I love mango chutney!!)

You grind your own grain?

reply by: kittykat3308 on April 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm

You may also want to add a couple of bay leaves to your storage containers. They help to keep the critters out.


reply by: chicklady on April 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Does it not impart a flavor?

reply by: Christian T on April 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm
Christian T

"Does it not impart a flavor?"

Less flavor than a weevil.

reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on April 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen

Bay leaves and other "home remedies" have been found NOT to be effective at warding off insects.


Fortunately flour is not often infested to begin with these days (things were QUITE different when I was a kid).

Your best bet is to freeze large quantities (whether that kills weevil eggs or not, it at least keeps them from hatching should they be present) and store smaller quantities in an air tight container, which is what you are doing with the gallon jar anyway.

I'm told pet food is often a source for weevils so this shouldn't be stored in the kitchen or pantry near people food. Personally I haven't had an issue with this but then I keep dog food and the like in plastic containers (like garbage cans) outside.

reply by: chicklady on April 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I don't store large quantities anyway. The most I ever have is right now, about 6 of the 5 pound bags, because Market basket had KAF on sale :) Depending on the year and the season, we have mice, pantry moths, ants, flies, lady bugs and those multi legged creeping things (silver fish?) And whatever the cats drag in (which has ranged from LIVE rabbits and chipmunks to birds and snakes)!!

reply by: MangoChutney - Sandra Too on April 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm
MangoChutney - Sandra Too

Silver fish are the quick-moving ones with pointy tails who often live under the bathtub, or at least they did in the old days when there was a visible opening to the underneath of the bathtub. The long dark things with lots of legs are millipedes. We call them "hard worms". They like to die in curled up positions in dusty corners. Then there are the oval ones who curl up like armadillos when you disturb them. I can't remember what those are called but they live in damp spots in basement. I guess you can tell that we have swamps out back of our house, too. *grin*

reply by: MangoChutney - Sandra Too on April 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm
MangoChutney - Sandra Too

Yes, I grind hard red wheat in a Wondermill, Jr. First I put it through a malt crusher that I bought years ago when I was brewing beer. This cracks the wheat and actually makes a little flour if I have the metal plates clamped close enough. Then I put the cracked grain through the Wondermill with stone plates. It makes a fairly fine flour that way. If I try to do it all in one step the best I can do is a fine meal or a course flour, depending on your point of view. I can only do about a pound-and-a-half a day anyway. I have to rest every 30 revolutions with the Wondermill. That is twice as long as I was able to go when I started, so I am getting stronger. *smile*

reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on May 01, 2011 at 1:28 am
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen


reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on May 01, 2011 at 1:29 am
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen

6 each of the 5 lb bags IS "quantity", LOL! At least in my household with just one or two people.

How fast do you go through flour?

reply by: chicklady on May 01, 2011 at 7:07 am

Insect identification lessons at King Arthur. Where else :P

We go through about 5 pounds a week some weeks, 5 every other week some others. Depends how often I send hubby to work with goodies for the guys, cause it's just the two of us here, plus I have to feed Babbette, my hard working starter. The usual productions include a long loaf of bread, a cinnamon bread, and either a cake or danish. I still have some "tosses" (read, chicken treats) as I learn some things the hard way!

reply by: chicklady on May 01, 2011 at 7:09 am

BTW, 6 bags IS a lot, but they had them for 2.50 a bag, and they usually sell for 3.99 here. i couldn't resist :)

reply by: chicklady on May 01, 2011 at 7:16 am

Manual cranking? Wow. Sounds like a workout!!

reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on May 01, 2011 at 11:15 am
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen

Hey, no criticism intended, I buy flour 50 lbs at a time, LOL!

reply by: chicklady on May 01, 2011 at 11:18 am

How long does that last one or two people? LOL. I already have 50 pounds sacks of chicken feed in the kitchen......

reply by: frick on May 01, 2011 at 7:47 pm

A gallon jar will hold 5 pounds of flour. I am lucky enough to be near a deli that sells their pickle jars occasionally for 50 cents so I have several. Of course, the lids have to go through the dishwasher several times before they give up their odor. I love those jars but I hope they are tucked well away if we have an earthquake! The 4 liter/quart plus Cambro containers also hold 5 pounds.

reply by: chicklady on May 01, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks. I want to go with glass....emptying all the plastic out of our lives that I can. I hear there's a fault around here somewhere :>O