Thursday, 10 July 2014

Storage of whole grains is important and is a question we are often asked.

For optimal freshness, GF Harvest steam and roll the oats once we place an order from here in Australia. The oats are packed in 50lb airtight bags and shipped directly to GK Gluten Free Foods in Queensland. The process to us takes about 8 weeks, we then proceed to down pack the oats into our various weights we sell both retail and online. As this product is expensive to grow, transport and distribute, it is important that customers have a product that maintains its quality and freshness for as long as possible.

Heat, air and moisture are the enemies of whole grains. The unsaturated fat content of whole grains is small but significant for storage purposes and thus whole grains have a shorter shelf life than refined grains. Whole grains can be negatively affected by heat, light and moisture.

Whole grains, like oats, are best kept in airtight containers and stored in a cool, dark and dry environment.

Most intact grains can be stored at room temperature for up to a year if the above conditions are met. GF Oats are best used within 15-18 months. To increase the longevity of the oats you can easily store the packages in the freezer for up to 12months. You don’t need to defrost the oats before using in your baking.

If you are continually using your oats, simply seal the zip lock at the top of the 500g bags and store back in your pantry. It is always advisable if you know that you have had bugs in your pantry to store the oats in an airtight container. It is strongly advisable to do this with the 2kg bulk packages, as they do not have a self-sealing bag option.

Take out 1kg; store it in an airtight container for regular use from your pantry. Self-seal with a clamp of twist tie the bag containing the remainder 1kg and store in your refrigerator or freezer until you require your pantry storage container to be topped up.

All whole grains should be stored in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids or closures. The type of container is a matter of preference. Glass, plastic, and aluminium canisters or zip-top plastic bags can all be successfully used, as long as they are airtight. The seal helps to maintain freshness and will keep the grains from absorbing moisture, odours and flavours from other foods.

Enjoy your Oats!

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