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Offline pillowscream

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Expired flour - weird results
« on: June 27, 2021, 02:58:46 PM »
Hey guys,
I had some expired 00 flour sitting around. Best before January 2021.
It was opened about 9 months ago and stored tightly sealed, dry and cool.
I wasn't clumpy or smelly so I used it.
First everything was normal. Dough rose normally and was easy to work with.
But the end result..weird.
The crust came out tough and dry like cardboard.
Anyone made a similar experience? I think I'm gonna ditch the stuff.

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Chris

Offline Gene in Acadiana

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Re: Expired flour - weird results
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2021, 03:36:55 PM »
By some strange coincidence this recently also happened to me. And even more strangely my BB date was Jan 2021 as well. I had a little more Caputo 00 Pizzeria flour left than I feel comfortable throwing out so I made two batches over the last few weeks. The first batch of Neapolitans I did my usual 48-72 hour CF and they came out a little on the lackluster side. Not bad, but just not quite right. I knew right away as I was stretching them out after the two-hour warm-up that something was a bit off as the dough was a little tight.

The following week I still had enough flour left for one more small batch so I decided to try it one more time. But this time I was pressed for time and only gave it a 24-hour CF and baked the next night. The results were much better and the dough responded like I'm used to it responding. 

Maybe a shorter ferment will work for you as well.     

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Re: Expired flour - weird results
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2021, 09:38:18 PM »
I can only assume that you both use weight measures and keep your yeast in the fridge or freezer.
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Re: Expired flour - weird results
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2021, 03:45:39 PM »
I can only assume that you both use weight measures and keep your yeast in the fridge or freezer.

Yes on both for me.

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Re: Expired flour - weird results
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2021, 12:34:11 PM »
Yes on both for me.

Also.
Well anyway. I guess there is more to flour than just smell or appearance when it comes to shelf life.
In my case I had about a pound of flour left so it wasn't that bad.

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