What do you try not to waste, but can't seem to help it and need suggestions?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
April 12, 2010 5:55am CST
I try not to waste powdered ingrediets like flour, sugar, etc. But they seem to fly all over, when you open the package, when you're pouring or scouping, etc. Any ideas besides moving more slowly and using different-sized scoups to go with the job. I think part of my problem is concentration, I'll do great and then forget about the "flying flour" until it's flying. What do you try not to waste and seem to waste it anyway or have to really concentrate, prepare, something to not waste it?
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
12 Apr 10
Hahaha, I can see you know writer, pouring out the flour and next thing you know, you are covered in white powder.. Just kidding. I reuse the plastic coffee containers to put my sugar and flour in and I keep a scoop inside for measuring. The mouth of the coffee container is just wide enough to put the whole opening of the flour/sugar bag in to keep it from spilling. warning, these do not hold a whole 5 pounds, so pour slowly and when it fills up, then I just roll up the bag and it doesn't take long where I can add the rest in. also if you use these containers, be sure to wash them out with either vinegar/baking soda and or lemon juice. (I can't remember which one worked) It removes the coffee smell. I hope that helps..
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 10
I tend to keep them in glass containers because of the mice, ants, etc. Actually, one of the cats tripped me one time and I had a cat covered in flour. Ghost cat (ha, ha) wasn't too happy.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 10
Maybe I can find a glass container that is like your plastic coffee tins and maybe I should leave the correct-sized scoup or some scoups in to make things work better. Even opening the flour that you get in the store, sometimes the bags rip instead of opening. What a mess. Thanks and take care.
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@GardenGerty (93713)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Apr 10
I used to buy everything in twenty five pound bags when I was cooking for seven or eight people. I used white plastic buckets, double lined with white plastic bags. Not really any trouble, the tops of the bags fit into the buckets to pour ingredients in, and scooping was easy as well. Cooking for two or three, the flour gets too old too fast. Sugar is still good in the bucket. Salt keeps well in a pickle jar, and does not seem affected by the smell.
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@celticeagle (115499)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Apr 10
You undo the sugar or flour over another container you have that is air tight and that you plan to put the stuff in. Then when all the extra has gone in the other container and you have it opened you slip it, opening first, down into the container and lightly pat it and make sure all is in the other container. Then slip the outer out of the new container and throw it away. Done!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 10
OK, that sounds like that works. I'll have to try it.I'm also putting the cats outdoors so I can't trip on them, too. Between this suggestion and the one above, I think I'm getting a handle on it.
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@celticeagle (115499)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Apr 10
Well, good!
@GardenGerty (93713)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Apr 10
I do not seem to have that trouble when I first open them, but I can have trouble when I measure. I have found that if I put the container on a sheet of waxed paper or on a cookie sheet, anything that spills out can be put back into the container. I remember that my grandma had an old fashioned Hoosier cabinet. She would roll out her biscuits on a breadboard, then use the biscuit cutter to scoot the flour back into the flour bin on the table.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 10
Yes, I definitely have measuring problems. Waxed paper would be a good idea. With these three ideas, from C above, C below and GG in the middle, I think I will waste less flour. Thank you everybody!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Apr 10
Folding the waxed paper makes a little shoot for the dry ingredients to go down and back into the containers.Thanks, works great!
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
15 Aug 10
We use containers and a scoop for our sugar and flour. The only time it gets wastes is sometimes pouring it in, and getting the last bit out that can't be scooped from the container. One thing that I have a problem wasting, but have a solution for now is toilet paper. We buy the bigger rolls of toilet paper, and recently bought a new toilet paper holder as we bought a new cabinet and needed one that matched, in any case, the toiler paper holder is fine, but the toilet paper is a bit too big, and while it can be turned, I have to kind of "push" it to turn so in that way I don't just spin and grab! I find I've used less toilet paper. Another example is the new soap holder as it squeezes just the right amount to make a good lather, and is tight and hard to push which means less soap to wash our hands with (I used to hit the pump five times or more).
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Aug 10
Good ideas. Also learning the soap plants in your area and even learning how to make your own soap from native soap plants, cheap large amounts of gylcerin, etc. Thank you very much and take care.
• Philippines
13 Apr 10
The only suggestion i can give you is to place those powdered form in a jar where their opening is touching the bottom part of the jar while you carefully unload them little by little to avoid flying ingredients. What I don't want to waste but can't help wasting is water specially when I am washing clothes (hand wash). I fill in the laundry basin but when I try to wash the clothes, most water would go out even if I don't fill the basin in full, but only 3/4. Well, silly me, next time, I really have to make sure I can at least be responsible enough not to spill that precious water. I do enjoy hand washing to save money if I use washing machine. But I tend to play with water ( as what my hubby) tells me.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Apr 10
Could you get a small plastic tub? Would that work better for you for hand washing your clothes? I do have a glass jar that I put it in, but putting it in and using it, the stuff seems to fly. But I've gotten lots of ideas given here for keeping that from happening. Thanks for the input. Take care. I hope we all waste less.
@dminotaur (134)
• Philippines
12 Apr 10
Get Special containers for it - although it may cost you more than the usual containers, at least it helps that little "Flying flour" problem. Try to check Kitchen wares in malls - ask a rep, usually, they could recommend you to some.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 Apr 10
Thanks, I'll see what is out there. I do like my glass containers that I have that keep bugs and mice out, though. Take care and thanks again.
@marguicha (84078)
• Chile
8 May 10
I don´t have such a problem. I put the flour with it´s container in a plastic bag. Then, when I want to use it I just get it with the cup I´ll be using. I sort of measure inside the bag. I don´t believe anymore in exact measuring. As for sugar, I don´t have any problem. I have it in a glass container (it goes as soon as I buy it). I have a small scoop there that I recicled from a detergent. Sugar does not fly. If I ever get flour on my working table while making a cake or something, I use my hands to wide the dry spilled ingredients and throw them inside the bowl. My working table and my hands are very clean when I cook so it doesn´t matter.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
9 May 10
Glad that solves it for you and glad you're recycling things. I'll try it.