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How to store cereals: the rules and terms


At first, many young housewives do not particularly bother about storing cereals, especially since now almost all of them buy it in special packages, and store it in them.

True, from time to time such packs tend to burst, disperse, after which all the crumbs are outside, falling asleep in the cabinet in which these packs were standing, or completely scattered throughout the kitchen, if at that time the pack was just on the table or in the hands.

But this is not the main problem, much more serious - these are bugs that can wind up in various kinds of cereals, and then nothing remains to be done, just to throw out the whole pack, because porridge with insects is not the most pleasant sight.

Since porridge is a very useful and necessary product that should be present in the diet of any person who wants to lead a healthy lifestyle, we usually store them in considerable quantities and in various forms: buckwheat, rice, barley, oatmeal, semolina, wheat groats and any other.

But, unfortunately, not everyone can boast of a large space where all this could be placed and placed, because the standard kitchens in our apartments do not allow much to roam.

To avoid all these problems, as well as being known as a good housewife, it is necessary to figure out how to properly store cereal, because it turns out that even for such a thing there are useful recommendations and tips.

Surely, many of us remember grandmothers mezzanines and kitchen cabinets, in which whole rows of three-liter bottles filled with various cereals and macaroni were lined up.

In fact, the idea still remains the same, just progress is going forward and containers for storing croup have somewhat changed and transformed, they can be selected in accordance with the decor of their own kitchen, for every taste and color. But which containers are suitable for such purposes is still best? Let's figure it out.

What are the storage tanks for cereals?

  • Metal jars. Of course, they look stylish and high quality, but in such containers there is a minus - they can easily rust, and this will happen not from the ingress of water, but simply, with time. Not only does it look ugly, so also the harmful oxidation processes will be dispelled onto your croup, not adding to it the beneficial and taste properties, but rather the opposite. Another option is a stainless steel jar, but such containers will most likely greatly facilitate your wallet, which is also not always appropriate.
  • Plastic - quite a convenient and appropriate option, they often have an attractive appearance, and can also boast an important advantage - they are very light, because of which the load on the cabinets is minimal. When there are 10 jars on one shelf, then, you know, this fact will play a significant role, in the literal sense of the word.
  • Glass containers. Probably one of the best and best options. Modern glass jars for cereals have a stylish design, they may differ in price, but if you do not chase brands, you can choose a very decent option at a very reasonable price. And in general it is believed that ordinary jars with lids can also be used as containers for storing cereals, it’s not for nothing that our grandmothers and mothers did, and in order for them to look beautiful and unusual, they are even decorated with their own hands, which we will talk about a few later.
  • Ceramic containers. Also an excellent and very stylish option, it is considered that this is the best solution for storing any bulk products.

Naturally, all these containers should have a good hermetic cover, which will close tightly, leaving no gaps. By the way, in addition to special containers, ordinary linen bags that need to be soaked in brine and then ironed are great for such purposes. You can put the cereal in the bag directly into glass or any other container, so you will definitely forget about bugs and other annoying insects.

Secrets of storing different cereals

With the tanks figured out, everyone made their choice, but that's not all. It turns out that in order to keep the cereal as long as possible, and at the same time everything went without bugs, as well as the emergence of unpleasant odors, you need to resort to some tricks.

It turns out that not all cereals are stored equally long.

For example, rice can easily be stored for years, it will have nothing, but buckwheat can be stored for no longer than 20 months. Millet is not a long-lived at all, so that the porridge is tasty, it can be stored for no more than 4 months, otherwise the cereal will then taste bitter and give off an unpleasant smell. Oatmeal also does not lie for a long time, optimally 4-5 months, especially if it is muesli with various additives.

In order to prevent the bugs from getting in the rice, and also he did not give off a musty smell, put a pod of hot pepper into the container with him. If the pepper is not, then a few cloves of garlic will do, and you do not need to peel off the top pelt of them.

Another method that is suitable for all cereals is the use of gauze bags of salt, which can be put on the bottom of the tank. Some housewives put dry bay leaves or lemon zest, which is also very effective.

It is also necessary to process the locker itself, where there are banks with barley, so that no living creatures start up in it. To do this, simply treat it with vinegar, and then spread the pads soaked in lavender oil. Don't worry, the smell will quickly go away.

Another sure way, the success of which does not depend on what your semolina, buckwheat, rice or oatmeal is stored in, is not to be lazy right after buying the cereal, heat it in the oven, and then sift through a sieve. Another way is to put a bag of cereal for a day in the freezer, then the probability of the appearance of insects is reduced to almost zero.

Decor and beauty

Even the most ordinary bottles can be decorated, for this you need a little imagination and perseverance. It is better, of course, to use rectangular jars, it is easier to assemble them in the locker, as a result of which they take up much less space.

For each jar, you can come up with a beautiful signature: sign your jar in a figured font on a bright piece of paper, and then paste it onto the container itself. Jars can be pasted over with clippings from old magazines, which depict food and dishes, so they will look more fun and prettier.

Some housewives paste jars with lace, pieces of cloth, use decoupage technique, but what to say, there are many options, try it yourself, and you will understand that the main thing is desire!

Capacity selection

Some inexperienced housewives store purchased bulk products in their original packaging. And this is their main mistake. The lack of integrity is the main cause of insects. In addition, to store cereals in such a container is very inconvenient. Over time, the package becomes unusable, and its contents can crumble.

In order not to get bugs, it is best to keep cereal stocks in glass jars or special containers with sealed lids. On the shelves of stores sold a lot of a variety of containers, and each hostess will be able to choose the container to your taste.

Plastic containers are lightweight, practical and convenient. When using them, the load on the cabinet will be minimal. Metal cans are beautiful and durable, but have one major drawback: they can appear rust stains. Similar products from stainless steel are deprived of this disadvantage, but also cost more than other containers. Glass containers are comfortable and beautiful, have a diverse design. The best containers for storing cereals are ceramic containers. They are airtight, practical, delight the eye with an attractive design. However, which container to give preference, it's up to you.

Shelf life

Each cereal has its own shelf life. Rice stocks should not be kept for more than 1.5 years. Keep it in closed cans or canvas bags in a cool dry place. To prevent bugs from getting into the croup, put metal bottle caps or garlic into a container of 2–3.

The shelf life of fast-growing cereals depends on the packaging and the technology of their production and ranges from 6 to 12 months.

Millet does not lose its taste in just 4 months. If the croup is stored longer, then before cooking the porridge, pour it with a solution of boiling water and soda (1 tsp of powder is needed for 1 liter of water), rinse and dry thoroughly.

Buckwheat is desirable to spend for 20 months. To extract the maximum of taste and benefit from it, pre-fry it in a pan or in the oven.

The shelf life of semolina is 14 months. If, after long-term storage, it has lost its taste, try frying it. The familiar semolina porridge will change.

Oatmeal can not boast a long shelf life. They must be spent within 4–5 months. Especially if the cereal contains additives: fruits, berries, spices or cereals.

The shelf life of fast-growing cereals depends on the packaging and the technology of their production and ranges from 6 to 12 months.

In order to preserve the tastes of croup as much as possible, you must adhere to the rules below.

  • Be sure to pour purchased bulk foods into special food containers.
  • Storage must be dry and dark with good ventilation.
  • The optimal storage conditions are temperatures from –5 to +5 ° С and humidity of 60–70%. Ensure that the maximum temperature does not exceed +18 ° C.
  • Do not keep sharp-smelling foods (smoked meats, spices, etc.) next to the cereals.

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Folk tricks

The national sharpness will help to keep stocks of grain in appropriate quality. To avoid bugs and other insects in bulk products, be sure to heat them in a frying pan or for 24 hours in the freezer right in the packaging from the manufacturer.

Some hostesses prefer for the same purpose to put garlic cloves, bay leaf or lemon rinds in a container with a grain. Others instead of sharp odors use pieces of foil or ordinary tablespoons. Enough to put them in the grits, and bugs will bypass your stocks side.

To protect the rice from the musty smell that may arise from long storage, put a pod of red hot pepper in a container.

In winter, bulk products can be transferred to the balcony. Low temperatures will not only protect them from bugs, but also significantly prolong storage times.

Adopt the listed tips, and then uninvited guests will never get in your reserves. Remember: in order to properly store cereals at home, you need to clearly know where and at what temperature they are best kept, what is the shelf life of each type of grain.

Suitable tanks

Even our grandmothers, trying to properly store cereals at home, packed them in three-liter cans. In glass jars, placed on the shelves of kitchen cabinets, cereals were perfectly stored, avoiding proximity to moisture, substances that have specific flavors. And most importantly, they did not get bugs.

Modern hostesses still tend to think that it is better to keep them in special containers, especially now their choice is rather wide:

Tip: some housewives prefer to store bulk products in a container, while others - in a regular plastic bottle. It is necessary that any container is closed tightly, was clean, before use, it is doused with boiling water, dried. A good option to store in the kitchen can be linen bags, allowing the cereal to breathe. It is guaranteed that pests do not start so that it is worth soaking the fabric with saline solution (4 tablespoons salt: 1 liter of water), steaming with an iron. Sometimes, in order to save for sure, the bags of cereal are still folded in the container and covered. So that the croup does not suffocate, instead of a plastic or other lid it is possible to cover the container with linen (linen) cloth, fixing it on the neck with an elastic band.

Utility cold

It is recommended to store grits at a temperature not higher than 10 degrees. The truth is the kitchen does not achieve this. There is a favorable place - a kitchen cabinet: on the bottom shelf, away from electrical appliances and stoves, you can store with a temperature of not more than 20 ° heat and humidity of 70%. At the same time, such grains as semolina, oatmeal, barley and millet require more coolness, since they are prone to rancidity. Good for this special cool dark pantry. The temperature regime of about +5 degrees will ideally correspond to the conditions for croup. The question arises, is it possible to store cereals in the refrigerator? Indeed, cereals on the shelf of a refrigerator with such a temperature in a hermetically sealed container can be stored if there is room for them and other options are unacceptable. For example, when stored in the country and fear that rodents in your absence may damage them. The refrigerator should be used if there is a desire to make frosty processing of cereals with a freezer. But in the basement and cellars, where damp and there is no ventilation, storage is not recommended.

Ways to prevent insect infection

After the purchase of cereals in the store, if the insects are not detected during the initial inspection, you can certainly get rid of invisible larvae and doubts about their presence. To do this, you can choose the best way, after which the bugs just do not start:

  • Freeze on the freezer shelf for 4 days. You can also take advantage of the low winter temperature on the balcony or loggia, terrace, or chambers in private houses during short-term freezing rather than storage.
  • Burn out in the oven. There are common opinions about this option. Some believe that it is convenient, does not harm the cereal, others - that it destroys the vitamins and proteins contained therein.
  • Processing of cereals can be produced by microwave ovens. You need to keep it for 5 minutes to not lose the valuable properties of the products.
  • Before you put in storage, cereal should sift through a wide sieve, freeing it from debris and other extraneous things.

Storage time

So that the grains do not spoil, you need to consider how much they are stored. Different grains differ in terms of:

  1. Up to 2 years: buckwheat and peas.
  2. Up to a year and more - corn grits and rice, semolina - in the refrigerator.
  3. Till 12 months - usual macaroni (with additives no more than 5).
  4. Up to 9 - all cereals, except for oatmeal and millet.
  5. Up to 5 - millet and oat flakes, and with additives - the term is even shorter.

Tip: Kitchen cabinets, where cereals are planned to be stored, must be wiped with a liquid that has vinegar added. Laurel leaves or napkins soaked in lavender oil can be laid out next to each other, losing their smell in a short time. If earlier the bugs brought along with the cereals had already been made, the shelves and corners were washed with hot water with the addition of laundry soap. After that, they spray the insect repellents and, holding the cabinets closed, then air them thoroughly.

Folk recommendations

Popular wisdom and experience have accumulated many recipes that help preserved cereals not to lose useful qualities. So:

  • pods of hot pepper or garlic, unpeeled slices, placed in jars of rice, will save him from mustiness and pests,
  • with cereals at the bottom of the cans you can put salt poured into gauze bags, eliminating foreign aromas, excess moisture, or Lavrushka, cloves, as well as chestnut or lemon zest,
  • Above the filled cereal, before closing the lid, put a mint pad of chewing gum or dried mint leaves, whose smell frightens off the cereal pests.
  • You can put a rolled-up foil, a stainless metal plate or a spoon inside the container with the grits,
  • citrus dried peels prevent croup from the appearance of ants,
  • matchboxes with gray deposited on the side surfaces are laid out on the edges of the shelves or on top of the grits, so that the smell of sulfur scares off insects.

Observing the conditions and recommendations: how to properly store cereals, there is no doubt that stocks will be intact, and the quality of products will remain unchanged.

General rules: temperature and humidity

Grain is a food product obtained from whole or crushed beans (lentils and peas), cereals (wheat, barley, oats, rye) and cereals (buckwheat, rice, corn, millet) crops. Grain processing consists of several stages:

  • removal of impurities
  • removing the shell
  • shaping: flattening, dissection,
  • heat treatment (steaming, for example).

Each type contains vitamins, fiber, beneficial to humans, so this product should be in the diet of each.

Different countries prefer different cultures. On the territory of the countries of the former USSR, buckwheat, semolina, rice, barley, millet are most loved.

All types of cereals - natural hygroscopic product, demanding to the conditions in which there is:

  1. Temperature.

From 0 ° С to 20 ° С, optimal range is 5-15 ° С. At negative temperatures, the properties and taste of any cereal remain the same; in a warm place, the product starts to taste bitter after a short period of time.

Не должна превышать 60%, это максимальное значение, при котором крупа остается пригодной к употреблению. Впрочем, продукт выдерживает и 100% влажность, но кратковременно.

Сроки хранения у разных видов отличаются, этот критерий зависит от процентного содержания в ней жира. The calorie calories, the faster it becomes useless due to changes in the taste of fat (it starts to taste bitter).

Which banks to store?

Groats are sold by weight, or in industrial packaging made of polyethylene, paper or cardboard. Some housewives leave the product in such packaging, which is not very practical: fragile bags are easily torn, and the contents can get enough sleep. Container made of polyethylene has another drawback - the products in it just suffocate due to the lack of air circulation.

It is much more practical to keep the cereal in hermetically sealed containers made of materials such as:

For several generations of women have been storing bulk products in glass jars. This container does not let moisture and odors, protects against the penetration of pests. Many manufacturers of dishes produce glass containers for cereals of different sizes with a diverse design. The cost of such containers is high, so they can be replaced by ordinary banks. The disadvantages of glass packaging: a lot of weight and fragility.

Metal containers are another traditional way of storing flour. Such packaging can provide all the conditions for long-term storage of products, but it has one significant drawback. Over time, rust damages the walls, changing the taste of the cereal and infecting it with bacteria. This lack of a stainless steel jar, but they can not afford to everyone.

The jars of this material are light, allowing the croup to breathe, but also absorb foreign odors and moisture.

Glazed porcelain containers are considered ideal for storing grits, however, they are quite heavy and do not withstand accidental impacts.

Today, most housewives prefer to store cereals in plastic containers. In the shops you can find sealed containers of different sizes and shapes with a dispenser. Low weight allows you to place on the shelf in the kitchen several types of bulk products without overloading the closet.

Flax and cotton can be used for sewing bags for cereals. Such packaging looks original and takes up little space.

As you can see, the industry offers a huge amount of storage options for cereals, among which anyone will find something suitable for themselves in design and cost. However, a needlewoman can show imagination and independently decorate ordinary jars and containers, turning them into a designer product.

Where to store?

In a private house or apartment you can store stocks of cereals in several places:

Kitchen tables are preferable to wall-mounted cabinets: the temperature and humidity are slightly lower, there are no sharp drops in these indicators.

  1. Refrigerator or freezer.
  2. Dry pantry.
  3. Glazed balcony or loggia.

Keep the product in these places should be in a sealed package, away from products with a pronounced smell.

How much cereals are stored when properly stored

Requirements for the storage of all cereals are the same, but, even if they are followed, the term is different:

  • oatmeal - up to 4 months,
  • millet - 9 months (in the warm season not more than 6 months),
  • semolina and corn flour - 8-10 months,
  • wheat processed in different ways (Bulgur, artek) - 12-14 months,
  • barley - 14-16 months,
  • pearl-barley and buckwheat (chop), polished rice - up to 1.5 years,
  • split peas, buckwheat (Zadrich) - 20 months,
  • ground peas - up to 2 years,
  • steamed rice - up to 2.5 years.

Please note that the deadlines are set from the date of production, not purchase.

Several ways to extend the shelf life and prevent bugs and other pests from starting up

How long the cereal remains edible depends primarily on its quality at the time of purchase. When choosing this product, it is important to adhere to some rules:

  1. Avoid buying weight goods.

This method of storage in retail outlets cannot ensure compliance with sanitary standards. Dust, waste products of people, animals, insect larvae, mold spores and much more fall into the rump.

To see the quality of the product, you can stay on the transparent original packaging.

  1. When purchasing a weight product, it is necessary to evaluate it visually, possibly sniff or pass through your fingers. In the product should not be lumps, odor.
  1. Groats should be approximately the same size, foreign particles are excluded.
  1. Pay attention to shelf life. It is advisable to purchase a product made no more than 2-4 months ago.

Even the factory packaging does not guarantee the absence of insects and other impurities in the product, so it is necessary to sort the grits at home or sift through a sieve to prevent the bugs from starting. For the destruction of potential pests, cereals can be further processed in one of the following ways:

  • stand for several hours (it is possible a day) in the freezer,
  • sprinkle on a baking sheet with a layer of 2-3 centimeters and calcined in the oven at a low temperature (no more than 50 degrees).

After that, the product is scattered in dry containers and tightly closed with a lid.

Even with all the rules of storage, the risk of infection of cereal bugs. To prevent this, experienced housewives put products with a strong odor in the container:

  • Bay leaf,
  • hot pepper,
  • orange or lemon zest,
  • aromatic herbs,
  • unpeeled garlic.

Saved from insects and a canvas bag of salt, put in a jar with cereal. The substance will not scare away bugs, but will absorb excess moisture, which creates all the conditions for unwanted guests.

Some housewives believe that when insects appeared in the croup, it is not necessary to throw out the product, it can still be saved.

  1. Buckwheat and rice sort, wash with cold water and dry in the oven.
  2. Sift semolina and hold at sub-zero temperatures for two days.

The second option is to pour a little salted water and wait for the larvae to float to the surface.

  1. Millet can be poured boiling water, stand for 3-4 hours. Then change the water to the cold, adding a teaspoon of soda. The croup is carefully rubbed in the hands, washed and dried in the oven.

Insect-infected cereal becomes toxic due to excrement and pests. The nutritional value and taste of the product decreases, after eating such cereals the composition of the blood changes, the risk of allergies and intestinal upset increases.

Given these data, you need to take a responsible approach to the organization of storage, and get rid of the infected residues.

After the discovery of insects in one of the tanks, you need to inspect the rest. The container containing the contaminated product should be washed with detergent and boiled over. All surfaces of the cabinet or pantry also need to be treated with a solution of vinegar - a tablespoon per liter.

Cereals - an essential element of the diet of each family. To get the maximum benefit from the product, you must comply with the storage conditions - to protect from moisture, high temperatures and regularly view to detect insects.

Check in store

In order not to have problems with cereals and flour at home, look closely at them before buying. Ideally, the cereals in the store should be stored in compliance with all the rules and regulations, with low humidity, in whole packages.

But often cereals are sold in paper bags or cardboard boxes, which makes verification difficult. Here it remains only to look at the date of release of cereals and the recommended shelf life.

They brought him home - he turned out to be alive

After the purchase, some experienced housewives recommend roasting the cereal in the oven. It doesn’t hurt the quality of the cereal, but if you still have it in the croup, you can get rid of the larvae of the bugs. Others recommend holding the cereal in the freezer.

The logic is there - the cold is destructive for both bugs and larvae. Only constantly keep the cereal in the freezer is not necessary, enough for four days. If it happens in the winter, take out the cereals on the balcony - it's more convenient, because there is more space and the freezer will be free.

In any case, newly purchased cereals should be checked. Although measures are taken at work to prevent the insects from infecting croup, trouble does occur. Even in a seemingly clean cereal there may be larvae.

After you brought the cereal from the store, it is better to pour it out of the container. But storing grits and flour in dense plastic bags should not be - they "choke" and get an unpleasant smell and taste. Perforated bags are not suitable, as there is a danger of damping the cereal or infection of it with bugs. Where to pour?

Saving containers

It is best to store flour and cereal in glass jars or containers with ground stoppers or lids. Our grandmothers also knew that in a three-liter glass jar with a lid the flour would be completely safe.

But the shape of such cans does not allow rationally organizing the space, so choose square or rectangular containers for storing bulk products.

Containers must not stand in direct sunlight. Hide them in the closet - so your croup will be more whole. For greater safety, you can put a pair of garlic cloves, chili pepper, or a bay leaf in a croup container, which bugs do not like.

Not be superfluous and a bag of salt, protecting the cereal from moisture. But keep in mind that even well-packed groats cannot be stored forever.

How long is the cereal stored

Those engaged in agriculture will tell you that with proper storage, grain can be stored for a very long time. Of course, during long-term storage, the taste qualities of croup deteriorate, but remain quite acceptable.

But still most of the groats from the supermarket should be used within a few months after purchase. If the cereals are stored in the refrigerator, the period is slightly increased, but it makes little sense to store the cereals for a year or more.

Consequently, there is no particular reason for large stocks of flour and cereals if you do not have an equipped place for their storage.

The longest do not lose their qualities rice and corn. They can be stored for more than a year, but with all the precautions described earlier. Wheat grains, pearl barley, oats and buckwheat are stored well, but millet quickly becomes rancid.

Semolina and flour can be stored a little over a year, but in the refrigerator. If you can’t imagine life without strategic food reserves, use sealed containers for storing grain, cereals and flour, and once in a few months, watch your treasures.

Replace stale cereals with fresh ones and check for signs of infection of the cereals with bugs.

How to store cereals so that the bugs do not start?

Every good hostess should have an idea about how to properly store certain foods in their kitchen. It is important to know how to approach the storage of bulk products and cereals. Very often, young inexperienced hostesses store cereals in purchased packages, and this is not entirely correct.

Secondly, when storing cereals in unsealed packaging, all kinds of bugs and worms may start. This means that stocks can be safely thrown into a bucket for garbage, or do a good deed - to feed the birds. So how to store cereals?

Types of tanks

Plastic containers. Very often they are attractive in appearance, practical, comfortable and very light. Their weight plays an important role, because, for example, if you put on the shelf a lot of such containers filled with cereals, then the weight of the load on the cabinet will be minimal.

Metal cans. Good, beautiful and high-quality containers, convenient for storing various cereals. Unfortunately, there is one drawback to metal cans, with time stains of rust may appear on them. And such containers automatically become unsuitable for storage of products.

Glass containers. An excellent, beautiful and convenient way to store cereals is to keep them in a glass container. In the shops a lot of jars of glass of different designs.

You can store cereals in ordinary glass jars with lids, which were used by our grandmothers. And you can style them with your own hands. It is enough to turn on the imagination and buy a couple of jars with acrylic paints, stained glass contours or paints on glass.

Ceramic containers. Ceramic containers are considered the best in storing cereals and bulk products.

Plastic bottles. You can adapt ordinary plastic bottles for storage of cereals.

Store any cereals in a tightly closed container.

Folk secrets

To prevent bugs and worms from flowing products and cereals, calcine the freshly purchased cereals in a frying pan or put them in the freezer for 24 hours right in the packaging from the manufacturer.

When storing flour, place a piece of foil or an iron spoon in a container.
On top of the croup, put a bay leaf, a slice of unpeeled garlic or a piece of lemon peel. Chestnut will also help from the institution of uninvited guests in bulk products.

At the bottom of the tank with the storage of cereals, you can put a gauze bag of salt.
Take advantage of these simple tips for storing bulk products and then uninvited guests will not get into your grocery stores.

Proper storage of cereals, simple tips

Every housewife knows how difficult it is to store cereals. That the mole in them will start, they will become raw and spoil. Unfortunately, such problems happen quite often, and not everyone can cope with them.

But we will help you with this problem and tell you about the proper storage of croup, which will help get rid of small but annoying troubles.

It is sometimes very important to preserve cereal, but this problem is not always successful. You probably used a lot of ways, but nothing worked, and this is a common problem.

So, you can use special jars that are sold in stores and supermarkets. But why spend money if you probably have the simplest glass jar in the closet.

In no case can not use bags or boxes, you will get a lot of problems and inconveniences. How it is possible to store the cereals in a package and hope for their excellent quality is not clear. Therefore, first get the banks.

Then the question arises - which bank in terms of volume to choose? In fact, it does not matter, but it will be more convenient to store in a liter or three-liter container. Naturally, for each cereal there should be its own "house".

If you are going to keep buckwheat or millet for years, then you can generally roll up, but if not, then close it with a regular plastic cap. It is even better if you first lay a paper or a bag on the neck of the jar, and only then close the lid.

Storage of cereals is a simple matter, but, nevertheless, many make a mistake in where to put these banks. It is best to make it stand in a cool place, and the sun's rays do not fall on it.

Of course, rice will not be cooked from the sun, but fungus and bacteria love to bask in the rays and eat your rice or other cereals. Therefore, select on the shelf in the closet a place for such cans.

In addition, they should be protected from moths and bugs. To do this, in the jar itself should put a clove of garlic on the bottom, it is an excellent means against insects in cereals. But to get rid of these same "residents" in the closet, then put there chestnuts or sprigs of lavender.

If there are no branches of lavender, you can use essential oil. You should also put bay leaves, they will absorb moisture, and insects will not start.

In addition to glass jars, you can use modern plastic containers pre-steamed with boiling water. Of course, this method will not allow you to save your cereals for a long time, but if you do not buy bags, then it is quite convenient.

Tips to properly store cereals at home

We give some useful and simple recommendations that were used even by our grandmothers.

Never leave the purchased cereal in plastic bags, as it turns out the effect of "greenhouse", which provokes the development of bugs and moths.
Store all cereals in jars, preferably glass. You can buy special plastic containers for storing cereals.

To disinfect the purchased cereal, pour it from the bag into the cup and send it to the freezer for 3 hours. This will kill all germs. You can also ignite the product in the oven.

Moths and bugs are mortally afraid of the smell of bay leaf, garlic, orange. They will never be started in a jar of cereals if you throw a few bay leaves, a couple of garlic cloves or dried orange zest. You can also put a few chestnuts.

Large bags of cereal (10 kg or more) never store on the floor, as they will pull moisture from it and the product will dampen or worse, will become moldy. Put the bag on a small stand, for example, on a box inside which you can sprinkle salt or rice - they will absorb excess moisture. The same rule applies to bags of flour and sugar.

Instead of matchboxes, you can use small containers from under kinder surprise, just do not forget to pierce holes in them.

Store sugar and flour by the rules

Bags of sugar and flour should not stand on the floor, as we discussed above. Put them on a stand. Moths and bugs in sugar do not start, but there is another problem - ants.

Here they just love sugar. To prevent insidious ants from savoring your sugar, place an orange zest in a jar or bag of it. Uninvited guests will not be disturbed.

Flour can not be stored in polyethylene, it must be poured. Лучшее место для хранения муки – это полотняный мешочек. Его можно сшить самим, сделав по краю стягивающую завязочку из ленты или шнурка.

Мешочек пропитайте крепким солевым раствором и, не прополаскивая, высушите – тогда мука в нем не будет плесневеть, а жучки не заведутся.

Хранение круп без неприятностей

Cereals are such a day-to-day thing in the household that does not interfere with having a small supply in the house. But to avoid trouble, you need to know how to properly store them, in other words, what conditions should be created so that the cereals are stored for a long time and without problems.

Do not store them in plastic or paper bags in which you bought them, because the bag may break, the crumble will fall apart, and when you collect it, trash will naturally fall into it, no matter how hard you try.

The croup in a plastic bag may “suffocate”, since a special perforated bag is required for its storage.

From time to time you need to open the banks with cereals and check them for the presence of pests. Already spoiled cereals do not eat.

What kind of pests can be encountered in the kitchen, in cereals? Here, we can live with pleasure for granary weevils, Surinamese mucoids, bread grinders and other pests. For a person, in principle, they are not dangerous, but unpleasant. These are bugs that can appear in your croup for several reasons.

If you want the pests to forget the way to you, put a few cloves of garlic (in the peel) into a container with cereal. When storing cereals, starch and flour, place gauze bags of salt on the bottom of the container and dry lemon peel, bay leaf leaves or chestnut on top (one of the three products).

In order not to deteriorate the taste of cereals, do not make large stocks, and update them as they are consumed.

Capacity: make a choice

Metal jars. Of course, they look stylish and high quality, but in such containers there is a minus - they can easily rust, and this will happen not from the ingress of water, but simply, with time.

Not only does it look ugly, so also the harmful oxidation processes will be dispelled onto your croup, not adding to it the beneficial and taste properties, but rather the opposite. Stainless steel jars do not provoke such problems.

When there are 10 jars on one shelf, then, you know, this fact will play a significant role, in the literal sense of the word. Alternatively, regular plastic water bottles are possible.

Glass containers. Probably one of the best and best options. Modern glass jars for cereals have a stylish design, they may differ in price, but if you do not chase brands, you can choose a very decent option at a very reasonable price.

And in general it is believed that ordinary jars with lids can also be used as containers for storing cereals.

Ceramic containers. Also an excellent and very stylish option, it is believed that this is the best solution for storing any bulk products.

Naturally, all these containers should have a good hermetic cover, which will close tightly, leaving no gaps. By the way, in addition to special containers, ordinary linen bags that need to be soaked in brine and then ironed are great for such purposes.

You can put the cereal in the bag directly into glass or any other container, so you will definitely forget about bugs and other annoying insects.

Do not let bugs and other pests

With the tanks figured out, everyone made their choice, but that's not all. It turns out that in order to keep the cereal as long as possible, and at the same time everything went without bugs, as well as the emergence of unpleasant odors, you need to resort to some tricks.

Millet is not long-lived at all, so that the porridge is tasty, it can be stored for no more than 4 months, otherwise the cereal will then taste bitter and give off an unpleasant smell. Oatmeal also does not lie for a long time, optimally 4-5 months, especially if it is muesli with various additives.

In order to keep the bugs in the rice and not to give out a stale smell, put a pod of hot pepper into the container. If the pepper is not, then a few cloves of garlic will do, and you do not need to peel off the top pelt of them.

Another method that is suitable for all cereals is the use of gauze bags of salt, which can be put on the bottom of the tank. Some housewives put dry bay leaves or lemon zest, which is also very effective.

If they still wound up

In flour, usually “animal” starts when the humidity is too high. To determine this figure is simple. It is necessary to pay attention to whether the flour creaks between the fingers: if not, its moisture is increased.

After drying, it is poured into a paper or cloth bag, which fits into another one. The bottom of the second bag should be lined with calendula flowers. They wonderfully repel insects. Slices of garlic are also able to solve the problem of the appearance of bugs.

If insects were infected with semolina, then everything can be fixed. It is necessary to sift it through a large sieve, and then pour it with water (slightly salted). After some time, the larvae and worms will emerge. It is impossible to dry such cereal, but you can still boil the porridge or add it to meat patties instead of bread.

If buckwheat is infected, the rump will have to be sorted, then thoroughly doused with cold water and sent to the oven to dry. Calcify it at 60 ° C, and when it cools down, it is necessary to pour buckwheat into a linen bag and carry it to the cold, for example, to a balcony. There, it will continue well until summer.

After that, it is poured with warm water, add a little baking soda (1 teaspoon to 1 liter of water) and grind the cereal by hand. Now it can be washed and dried in the oven.

Thus, spoiled grits can always be saved. But it is better to prevent the appearance of insects.

Suitable containers

Metal cans. Although the material is considered reliable and high quality, make sure that they do not form rust. Immediately get rid of spoiled metal dishes.

Glass containers. You can buy these in many stores, and they are great for storing products. If you like glass containers, it would be a good idea to decorate ordinary jars.

Ceramic tableware. Perhaps the most suitable container for storing cereals: natural material retains freshness well. The only negative is a lot of weight that not every shelf can withstand.

Tight bag. For the storage of flour is best to choose a bag of natural fabric. Sift the flour, put a piece of foil or a metal spoon into it.

Whatever the capacity, it should be prepared before use: wash with detergent, or better yet, sterilize and dry. It is necessary to store cereals in a dark, dry place, for example, on the lower shelves of a kitchen cabinet with lockable doors.

How to get rid of insects in cereals

Bay leaf or clove of garlic will reliably protect the croup from insects. To prevent bugs in the croup, place a couple of fragrant leaves or an unpeeled clove of garlic on the bottom of the container.

Freezer will help drive out the bugs. Place a bag of cereal or pasta there, and after a day, sort it well.

General tips

When buying cereals, you can put the entire package (without printing) in the freezer for a day, and then pour the cereal in a plastic bottle with a wide neck. These containers are tightly closed, so the croup is stored in them perfectly.

Instead of a piece of garlic poured into the container, you can put bay leaves or dried lemon zest instead of a slice of garlic - their strong smell will scare away insects.

From the appearance of bugs will save and a piece of metal foil (or even just an iron spoon), immersed in the grits. It is convenient to put a spoon in a container with flour - it will not only protect against insects, but will also serve for pouring flour.

In the rice for storage put a pod of red hot pepper, which also will not give a musty smell.

Keeps cereals better in glass or plastic containers with tightly screwed lid.

How to store cereals, spices and bulk products?

All sorts of beetles: bread grinders, granary weevil, rice weevil, flour crustacean, Surinamese flour, pea grains, grain and flour moth - this is not a complete list of those small pests that seek to destroy our food reserves.

And this is information for reflection, a signal for immediate action and a call to urgently restore order in your closet.

How to store products in order to prevent the appearance of any kind of living matter in our products? I have my own methods of this ruthless struggle (I think they are familiar to many of you).

And the first thing I do ...

Fully empty all cabinets

All jars, bags and sachets, spices, seasonings, cereals and everything else is unloaded on the table, any free surface, you can even on the floor. The kitchen, of course, turns into something a bit like a landfill at this time.

Well nothing. This is a short time and you can suffer. And the pleasure obtained by looking at the slender rows of your packages, jars and other storage containers on perfectly clean shelves, fully compensates for the time and effort spent.

Stock audit

Be sure to check all the cans with cans and twists. If I find something swollen, leaking, rusted - they are in for the same fate - the trash can.

Then comes the turn of various jars, bags and boxes with various cereals, buckwheat, rice, millet, bags of flour, breakfast cereals, various mixes, breadcrumbs, pancake flour and everything else that is stored in my bins. Weevil beetle just loves to settle in such products.

If you are not sure whether your product is infected with any pest (it can be difficult to check if you have large reserves, for example, a bag of flour), you can neutralize the pest with cold. Frost kills the larvae.

To do this, you can hold the product for at least one day in the freezer (again, if there is such an opportunity) or, if it is winter, to freeze, for example, on the balcony.

So you just eat everything yourself, and eat the bugs with your supplies will not have time. A few more tips on how to properly store cereals, flour and other bulk products, you can see in the video:

And in order to completely neutralize the activity of all insects to destroy family supplies (and, consequently, the money spent on their purchase), I proceed to the next decisive step ...

General cleaning in the storage room

The shelves, the walls of the cabinets wipe well with an absorbent cloth soaked in soapy water. I usually use microfiber cloths for this purpose, I really like them.

They must be removed, because they can become a breeding ground for the cultivation of new food pests. I usually clean these surfaces with a vacuum cleaner with a crevice nozzle.

Then on the shelves, especially those where the bottles of oil will be stored, jars of preserves, pickle, spread out or blank paper, or pieces of clean cloth, and even better, something that does not let moisture through.

And again - clean and tidy

Yes, before putting the entire contents of the cabinets into place, I usually check that I’m running out and what products I need to add to my grocery list, going to the store.

Numerous containers for storing products of various shapes and sizes, shelving and other useful devices help to put everything in its place, banish disorder and chaos from your favorite kitchen.

I try to use containers of various shapes, but round ones are undesirable. Round shape does not allow rationally organize the space on the shelf.

I arrange products so that those that are needed frequently or are already ready for use are in the foreground and easy to get. And then I put the packages and containers, which I use from time to time.

I try to store bulk products and various cereals in airtight containers, preferably transparent (then you can clearly see how much you have left) or in store packaging, if it is not already broken.

To store canned food, I usually leave the bottom shelves. So safer. It is not very pleasant if a heavy can of canned food falls on someone’s head from the top shelf. In addition, if something leaks, in this case other products do not get dirty.

I also like the wall shelves, which are hung on the inside of the cabinet door. There you can store all small things.

I store potatoes, onions, and garlic in a dry and preferably cool place and in special baskets for storing vegetables and fruits.

If the family has children or people with diabetes, or just someone from the family “sits” on a special diet - for them it is better to store food on a separate shelf.

Household appliances and various appliances are also stored separately (mixer, food measures, sieve for sifting flour, etc.)

I try to sort the entire contents of kitchen cabinets by type of food or their purpose: spices - separately, canned goods - separately, vegetables - separately, dishes and kitchen utensils - separately.

So very easily and quickly you can find everything that you may need at the moment.

What is dangerous improper storage of products?

One of the enemies of loose products, especially croup, is mold, which usually develops due to the increased humidity in the kitchen. Multiplying, it destroys products, as a result, an unpleasant odor is released, toxins are formed. Eating moldy foods is dangerous to health.

Insects may appear in bulk products. One of the most common pests is the Surinamese mucoed. This is a brown bug, which starts in flour, different varieties of cereals, dried fruits. Unlike microorganisms, insects do not destroy cereals, but pollute them. But with a high concentration of pests or their metabolic products can lead to food poisoning.

Overdue products, although visually look normal, lose taste and useful properties. Even if you know how to store cereals, it is important to remember that bulk products cannot be stored forever. If you prefer to buy in store, first try to cook from products purchased a long time ago. And in order not to confuse anything, stickers can be stuck on the containers with the date of the bookmark content.

Of the cereals, oatmeal is most quickly spoiled - in 4-6 months, and cereal with all sorts of additives is stored even less. Rice can be stored for about 1.5 years, peas and buckwheat - up to 2. The remaining cereals are best consumed within 9-12 months. Simple pasta lie about 1 year. And pasta with various additives, such as tomato, it is recommended to store no longer than 3-5 months.

Annually arrange an audit in the kitchen, during which check the expiration dates of the contents of the cabinets and, if necessary, throw away everything spoiled.

Basic rules for storage

To avoid problems with the products in your kitchen, carefully review them still in the store. Damaged packaging, stuck grains, foreign inclusions among the grains - all this indicates that the product is not worth buying. If it is not possible to evaluate the product visually, for example, if it is sold in an opaque package or box, refer to the production date and the recommended shelf life.

Despite the fact that production measures are taken to prevent infection of the croup by insects, unpleasant exceptions occur. Therefore, before removing the cereal for storage, it is recommended to check it again for the presence of mold and larvae and pour it out of the container. Some prefer to leave rice and other cereals in plastic bags. But it is not recommended to do this: in them the products may become damp, “suffocate” and acquire an unpleasant smell and taste.

It is better to store flour, rice, sugar and other products in closed cans and containers. Before you put something in a storage jar, wash it well with a cleaning agent and dry it. For storage of products in large quantities suitable linen bag, boiled in saline solution. Matter allows products to "breathe" and not stale, and salt barrier does not allow insects to get inside.

Bulk products should not be stored in direct sunlight. The best place for them is the kitchen cupboard. It is dark, cool and dry - these are the best conditions for bulk products. Sugar bags must not be placed directly on the floor. They are best placed on any pallet away from sources of moisture and heat.

Useful recommendations

  1. During storage, the humidity in the room should not exceed 65-70%, and the temperature - 19-20 degrees.
  2. For decoys, barley, millet and oatmeal, preferably cool storage. Otherwise they may have a bitter taste. This is due to the fact that at temperatures above 16-18 degrees vegetable fat can become rancid. If you can not maintain this temperature, buy these cereals in small quantities.
  3. Storage of cereals in basement, poorly ventilated and damp premises is unacceptable.
  4. Do not add sugar, flour, and spices with a wet or damp spoon. A wet product can not only lose its qualities, but also become moldy. For the same reason, do not hold open containers with bulk products over the pan or pan when something is cooked.
  5. Do not store salt, sugar, flour, rice and other cereals in open packages next to products that have a strong smell. These products include spices, dried mushrooms and herbs.
  6. Также рядом с местом хранения сыпучих продуктов не должны стоять чистящие и моющие средства, содержащие пахучие отдушки.
  7. Чтобы сохранить вкусовые качества продуктов и уберечь их от порчи, постарайтесь не делать оптовые закупки без особой необходимости. Лучше обновлять запасы по мере использования.

Какой должна быть посуда для хранения?

Glass, ceramic, plastic and other containers for storing cereals, sugar and tea can be found in stores in large quantities and at different prices. Many housewives choose a set of containers based on aesthetic preferences, as well as the design features of the kitchen. In order for the bulk products to retain their freshness and taste, in addition to the appearance it is worth considering a number of other indicators.

In flour, grains and legumes, moths and bugs may start. Also in the kitchen, where food is constantly prepared, there are extraneous odors. You do not want your tea to get the smell of roasted meat? That is why the dishes should be sealed, and the lid - tight. In addition, in a sealed container products are not afraid of high humidity. This task perfectly cope with seal seals. A good option is a hinged lid with snaps, which allow you to store food in both tightly closed and ventilated containers.

If you prefer to store food on the open shelves, choose an opaque container that will not let light through. The material from which the dishes are made should not have extraneous odors. For example, low-quality plastic containers have a very unpleasant odor that can be transferred to products. It is worth considering that some materials are well absorbed flavors. This means that dishes from such materials will keep the smell of the contents for a long time. For example, wooden packaging after storing coffee there may smell this product for several more years.

Equally important are the size and shape of the tank. A set of square or rectangular containers, unlike cylindrical ones, will take up less space, which will allow more products to fit in one cabinet. If you want to use space efficiently, choose containers whose height is as close as possible to the height of the shelf. If you have a large family in which products are consumed very quickly, it is better to give preference to large packaging. For cereals that you eat rarely, small dishes will do.

Many make a serious mistake: they take cereal, for example rice, on top of the container, then fill up a fresh batch, and then again take rice on top. Thus, the croup at the bottom is not used at all. This can lead to damage to the product, as well as the appearance of moths and bugs. Do not forget that containers with bulk supplies must from time to time be completely emptied.

Review of materials for bulk products

  • Glass

Glass jars are considered ideal for storing non-perishable products. Through the transparent walls you can clearly see what is stored in them. Glass packaging is easy to clean, it does not absorb extraneous odors. The main disadvantage is that the glass can easily break. Today, there are dishes from resistant to impact material, but its cost is higher than usual. Products placed in transparent glass jars can only be stored in a dark place.

The choice of shapes, colors and sizes of plastic containers is quite extensive. They have low cost, differ in ease and compactness. But plastic containers are not recommended for storage of seasonings. Many spices, interacting with plastic, emit toxic substances.

Over time, the plastic may crack, deform under the influence of high temperatures, grow cloudy or yellow. Another disadvantage: some types of plastic have a persistent unpleasant odor. Before buying, be sure to smell the container: a faint odor will erode over time, but you should not buy a container with a strong chemical odor. And pay attention to the lid: not all plastic containers fit snugly.

Ceramic jars are not only comfortable, but also very beautiful. They are opaque, but you can buy a set in which you can easily determine by color and pattern what is in each bank. Ceramic cans do not have extraneous odors and are easy to clean. It is not necessary to take a container where the lid just lies on the bank and does not fit snugly. It is better to give preference to banks equipped with silicone gaskets.

Metal containers are lightweight and durable, but not the most practical. Such cans can give products a light metallic taste. In addition, high humidity in the kitchen can cause rust, and it is unhealthy. If you still decide to give preference to metal containers, choose high-quality stainless steel containers that are not susceptible to corrosion.

Wooden containers look very colorful and interesting, but are not suitable for storing most products. They absorb moisture and odors, do not differ tightness, they are difficult to wash. In addition, usually these vessels are not equipped with airtight lids. Wooden containers are convenient for storing bay leaves, dried herbs and salt.

When buying a ceramic container, do not confuse it with melamine, a material that is toxic and harmful to humans. Despite the external similarity with ceramics, it is easy to distinguish such dishes: at the bottom of a product made of melamine there is a sign in the shape of the letter “M”.

Spice Storage Features

There are many natural flavors - spicy herbs, dried buds, roots, etc. Condiments can not spoil or sour. But if stored improperly, they can lose their taste and flavor. In general, when storing spices it is necessary to follow the same recommendations as when storing all other bulk products. But there are several nuances that are definitely worth considering.

First of all, it is necessary to take into account the shelf life of spices. Seeds are stored up to 3-4 months, spicy herbs - 1-2 years, ground spices - no more than 1 year. Record holders in terms of storage of spices are cinnamon, pepper and cloves. It is better to grind spices in inflorescences or pots immediately before being added to the dish, since they lose their properties faster in the form of a hammer.

Many people buy seasonings in bags, which, after opening, lose their tightness. To preserve the taste and aroma, seasoning is best poured into small ceramic or glass jars. Do not forget that spices do not like overheating, so they should not be stored near the gas stove. Condiments based on red pepper (paprika, chili) are best kept in the refrigerator. For the remaining spices, refrigerated storage is not required.