Moths, bugs, worms are often found in cereals, annoying the owners of the kitchen. My article will tell you how to get rid of these unwanted “guests” and how to properly store cereals so that they do not appear again.
The bags in which cereals are sold are of little use for storage for two reasons:
- They are not sealed.
- Such packages are not durable.
According to the rules, the contents are poured immediately after purchase into a container with a tight-fitting lid. The most commonly used glass jars, as well as plastic or metal containers. The plastic is lighter and the metal is more durable. Experienced housewives prefer stainless steel, because rust will definitely not appear on the walls of such packaging.
The most perishable cereal is called millet. Its shelf life is 4 months. Semolina is stored for a little over a year. Buckwheat lasts about two years, and rice, if stored properly, is stored for a year and a half. Oatmeal is not eaten if more than six months have passed since its production. As with instant cereals, oatmeal often contains fruit and berry additives that affect the shelf life. The exact information is indicated on the original packaging.
The tips below are based on my experience. By following them, the owners will be able to keep the grain clean and tasty.
- The temperature in storage areas should not fall below minus five degrees and rise above eighteen.
- Humidity from 60 to 70 percent is called optimal.
- Extraneous pungent odors arise from close proximity to smoked meats, spices.
- Ventilation of the room is an equally important factor.
- It is recommended to protect cereals from light.
Over time, rice in a tightly closed jar “suffocates”. The proximity to the red pod of hot pepper helps to eliminate the unpleasant mustiness.
Improves the taste of millet that has been stored for more than 4 months by washing with a soda solution. For its preparation, a teaspoon of powder is poured with boiling water. The washed millet is thoroughly dried.
Ways to control insects in cereals
It is known that pests do not grow in cereals that have undergone heat treatment. It is enough to heat them in a frying pan. Another way: keep the unpacked pack in the freezer for 24 hours.
Insects living in bulk products cannot stand garlic and lemon odors. They are also deterred by the scent of bay leaves. Not only odorous products repel bugs, but also foil and metal. A regular teaspoon or bottle cap, put in a jar, reliably protects stocks.