Keeping Flour Fresher Longer

Here's how to prolong the life of an essential kitchen ingredient.

Shelf Life

All Purpose Flour: 1 year

Whole Wheat Flour and Cornmeal: 1 year (in freezer)

Do transfer all-purpose flour out of its paper bag and into an airtight container to protect it from humidity.

Don't leave whole wheat flour or cornmeal in the pantry; they contain natural oils that will go rancid in as little as 3 months.

Do enclose whole wheat flour and cornmeal in zipper-lock bags and store them in the freezer.

Taking the flour out of the paper and storing it in an airtight container will extend its shelf life to 1 year.

Cornmeal and whole wheat flour are best stored in the freezer.

Leaving the flour in its paper bag will not prolong its freshness.

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