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Since I started cooking with seitan, i noticed that my husband and I can finish 5 pounds of vital wheat gluten in 1 1/2 month. I'm thinking of buying a bulk vital wheat of 50 pounds, but it comes in ONE big 50 pound sack. I only have a medium sized refrigerator of 18cubic therefore there is no way i can fit 50 lb of flour even if i divided them into a 5lb container/bags.

So i was wondering, what is the shelf life of vital wheat flour when it's just sitting there on the kitchen floor in a big sac that i presume is NOT resealable?

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I think the smaller packages are usually dated a year or so out. If you could put some of it in the fridge while you use up the non-refrigerated stuff, that would probably help it keep longer.

I would not keep it in an open sack on the floor, though. That's just asking for mice or something else to get into it. If you can keep it in some sort of bin (still in the bag if you like) that would be preferable.
 

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the biggest problem to look out for is weevils, they kind of look like maggots or if they are hatched, little moths and spiderweb type stuff. If you could possibly freeze the whole lot for a few days and then keep it in an air tight container, it should be fine ( this kills any weevil eggs )
All flour and grain products are susceptible to weevils. If weevils become a problem in the flour, you can just sift it and it is still fine to eat.
 

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the biggest problem to look out for is weevils, they kind of look like maggots or if they are hatched, little moths and spiderweb type stuff. If you could possibly freeze the whole lot for a few days and then keep it in an air tight container, it should be fine ( this kills any weevil eggs )
All flour and grain products are susceptible to weevils. If weevils become a problem in the flour, you can just sift it and it is still fine to eat.
I've got a huge problem with weevils. I think you're describing a type of moth that's just as invasive as the weevil. Weevils are little black beetles. They don't made a web, but they generally dig perfect little holes into whatever they get into.

Put a bay-leaf in each container of food product you wish to keep bugs out of. It works like a charm.

*** Where are you purchasing this 50lb sack???

I would repackage the flour into individual jars, with a bay-leaf in each one. I wouldn't want it exposed to the air for too long.

Call the manufacturer, and ask what the room temperature use by date would be.
 

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I picked up a case of smaller boxes of VWG on Amazon, the box says to refrigerate after opening. I don't know what the consequences are if it's left at room temp. I generally refdrigerate all flour and flourlike stuff.
 

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Well there you go! Thanks Hazelnut, I just did some googling and what I think I am referring to is known as pantry moth. All my life everyone I know has called them weevils.
Heck, I didn't even know they were called a pantry moth. I had those for several years, too. They came in with packaged birdseed-type products.

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