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Offline Gene in Acadiana

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Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« on: December 23, 2021, 03:00:59 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has a sense of how long previously frozen flour will stay fresh after thawing and storing at room temperature. My next batch of frozen Caputo Pizzeria has a BB/EXP date of Jan 2022 and wondering how long it should stay relatively fresh after it's been frozen for about 8 months. I froze it shortly after purchasing it last spring.

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2021, 04:46:27 PM »
Not really an answer, but on similar circumstances I just kept it frozen well past date and had no issues. I just take out what I need each time.

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2021, 05:01:22 PM »
I buy 50# bags and keep in freezer until the container in the pantry is empty.
Put the whole 50# in the container.
Takes about a year for me to use up the pizza flour and have not noticed anything different in the pizzas.
But then I'm 75 years old.  :-D
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Offline Gene in Acadiana

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2021, 05:36:26 PM »
Thanks P_N_W and Bruce. I never thought about just taking smaller portions out of the freezer instead of the whole batch at once. Sounds like a good idea. Thanks!

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2021, 06:24:07 PM »
I think shelf life on some items (not all) are just to get you to throw it out and go buy new.
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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2021, 08:38:35 PM »
Yes, it's often probably very true!

Still fats get rancid and I'm sure there are other detrimental processes going on.

Seems to me that (for the home pizzaiolo) buying flour in a larger quantity, and then freezing it ought to work well.
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Offline Gene in Acadiana

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2021, 08:38:47 PM »
I think shelf life on some items (not all) are just to get you to throw it out and go buy new.

I think this sums up your comment perfectly:

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2021, 12:23:09 AM »
I keep my Caputo blue in the freezer.  I repacked the 50lb bag into plastic containers.  Take out what I need then back into the freezer

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2022, 02:48:56 PM »
I've been freezing 50lb bags from various mills for several years with generally positive results.
However, I do notice increased "bran oxidation" peppering the dough balls as storage time increases, and this process limits my use to under 12 months at most.

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Re: Shelf life of previously frozen flour?
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2022, 02:31:16 PM »
For white flour kept in a dry place, in a low humidity climate - I think that the shelf life is forever and one even outside of the refrigerator. I have never had issues with just keeping the bags at room temp. Just closed carefully.

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