A Fix For Weevil's...

Weevil's in Grains... - Weevil's in Grains...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
September 11, 2007 11:02am CST
Have you ever gotten weevil's in your grains, like sugar, flour, pancake mix, cake mixes, ect.? I used to have a problem with that. I'd open a bag of flour, fill the canister and put the rest of the bag (rolled up) back in the cabinet. I've even had a few times that I found them in bags from the grocery store. Now I have learned that if I put the grains (even when they are unopened right from the store) into the freezer I have no problem. It doesn't seem to bother the flour or other baking items and so far I haven't had any weevil's. I have a big deep freezer so space isn't an issue but it does help when baking items or beans and such go on sale. I actually put any baking item or grain that I'm not using right away into the freezer until I'm ready to use it. My Mom had the same problem but since I've told her about this and she's started doing it...the problem is gone.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I always just stick then all in the frigde the cold keeps them out and if you live like in the south or a place that has alot of humidity ya get the weevils ., Frigde freezer both are good
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Yes, I keep some in the fridge if I use them alot or have to refill the canister alot. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Jan 08
good that always help dont it?
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• Philippines
12 Sep 07
Good idea.....................weevils hate cold places...they thrive in warm areas which is why these is damn critters are a problem in warm places, even here in the Philippines where health standards and sanitation checks dont reach local places unless it is a supermarket or 7-11.One time i bought flour from a local store and it was filled with weevils...i payed big price for it plus tehy didnt want to return it.........damn
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Yup, not too mention the time and money to have to go back to the store. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@cblackink (969)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I've never had the problem, but my mom taught me to refrigerate all grains, so maybe that's why.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I don't know where I learned it from but it really does help keep any kind of crawlies out of them and keeps them fresher longer. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
11 Sep 07
I saw a chef on television suggest a similar thing as all grains can get weevils as they incubate from inside the product, its not a case of putting them in a tightly sealed container so the weevils can't get in they are already in the product so to speak and by putting the product in the freezer they cant incubate...
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
That would make sense. Also I have bought baking goods and got home only to find weevils already in it from sitting on the shelf too long at the store. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I have been storing these items in my refrigerator for years, twoey. Since I live alone now, I don't usually buy very large quantities as I used to, but I still feel safer storing them in my refrigerator.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Yup, it is just Hubby and I but anything that I'm not using right away goes in there. Good thing I got that big deep freezer LOL **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
11 Sep 07
That's a nice solution for items you can freeze. I have found these guys outside in my corn, growing in the garden. I really can't freeze corn while its growing, and would prefer not to freeze it after it's picked. Does anyone else have any other solutions?
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I'm not sure. I've never dealt with bugs in gardens but there may be some kind of insecticide you could use. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
11 Sep 07
As a matter of fact i have had problems before.I was going to bake a cake one time and the cake batter had weevils in it,,,,,what a disappointment..Thank you for telling us a solution to the problem.I do not have a freezer except for the one in my fridge,but i am planning to buy one soon and this is a great tip to remember...Thank you!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Oh, I've had that happen and it makes me nuts that I went to all the trouble to go to the store and then it's no good when I get home. You can also buy cake mixes and such when they are on sale and do the same thing...just stick them in the freezer. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• United States
12 Sep 07
That is a very good idea. Where are some of you all from and where do you think the probelm is most persistent? I personally haven't dealt with it so maybe I just happen to live in a fortunate area.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I have lived in Michigan, Missouri and Texas and have had it happen at least once in each place. I think it may be a bit more common in the South but I'm not sure. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@jackchin (27)
• China
12 Sep 07
I've not met with the problem you mentioned!So I can't give you any suggesiton!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Hopefully, you never will LOL **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I used to have that problem, my husband is in pest control and he told me to do that also, I have been doing it ever since and haven't had the problem any more. We don't have a deep freezer, but rather an extra stand up freezer that we keep in our garage, it really does help with space. I've become so used to doing it, that I never really thought of sharing the tip, I'm glad you did Everyone should do this, it could save us all a little money too, since these items last longer now.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
It's amazing that something that one person has known about forever other ppl never heard of. I never thought of sharing it till my Mom gave me a box of muffin mix she bought at the store and they were in it. When I told her, she'd never heard of it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I have had problems with weevils in the past but now that I put all my dry goods (flour, rice beans etc) in lock and lock containers I have no problems. Lock and Lock containers are airtight and water tight with a blue silicon seal that weevils can't penetrate. I love them and couldn't live without them.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Ah, I just figured with all the extra freezer space I have that is the best solution for me. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@winky73 (1396)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Hmmm...I figured everyone knew about that.Placing things like flour and such in the freezer helps keep them fresh longer as well.Thats really helpful if you buy those things in bulk. Here is a link to some funny weevil storys.......http://dearreader.typepad.com/dear/2004/11/how_to_get_rid_.html......looks like you where not the only one with the problem.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
We don't buy alot in bulk but I still keep mine in the freezer b/c your right it does keep them fresher. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@paidreader (5151)
• United States
12 Sep 07
That's a nice thing to know. I had a problem with them in my food pantry once, several years ago, and had to throw out a lot of food. Unfortunately once they start crawling, they start eating anything they can and it can spread quickly.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Jan 08
You bet! If you find any you really should either put the whole thing into a ziplock before throwing away or take the trash right out of the house so they can't spread through the kitchen. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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