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Old 11-19-2012, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Going back to the forest to be with nature's goodness.
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I would buy them and store them in a sealed plastic bag in a cabinet. I do that with my cornbread mixes and it lasts a very, very long time.

By the way. I have been a friend of all weevils since I was a child. I love them. I see beautiful weevils outside almost every week here. They're pretty and they're friendly.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Check the expiration date (or rather, sell-by date) on the box. Cake mix and bread mix - anything with flour, or made with flour - can get weevils. You could store them in the freezer to get a few more weeks out of them. I'd put them in a plastic zip bag with as much air as possible pressed out.
This. Excellent advice.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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We had a long expired box of cornbread mix that we decided to use up. Tasted just fine...but was totally flat. Leavening agent must no longer have been active. But using them up within the year should give you no problems at all, I would be amazed if you ended up with weevils.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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The flour in the mix can become rancid or be infested by weevils, and the leavening agents can go flat over time. However, storing in an airtight container at a cool temperature will greatly extend the shelf-life. The "sell-by-date" on the package assumes no special storage other than in the original packaging, but if you put each box in a vacuum seal bag (or ZipLock) and/or store the boxes in an airtight container they will last a few years past the expiration date.

Controlling exposure to air, moisture, light, heat and pests is critical if you want to store any dry ingredient longer than 6-12 months in your pantry.

I have cake & muffin mix that I stored in a vacuum bag with an oxygen absorber and a dessicant, then put them in an airtight food storage container in a cool corner of my pantry. The oldest ones are 6 years old (a full 5 years past expiration on the box) and they still bake properly, taste right, and aren't infested with bugs or mold.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Thanks everyone. Fascinating tip about spreading anything with weevils in it on the lawn. Weevils won't hurt the lawn?
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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I have found that bread mixes will work fine long past their expiration date -but- you have to ditch the yeast and use a new packet, otherwise they come out like pretzels.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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And, obviously, weevils can hatch. But those were already there, anyway,even if you used it immediately. Sorry.
LOL. Protein!

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We had a long expired box of cornbread mix that we decided to use up. Tasted just fine...but was totally flat.
Same here. I wonder if adding whatever leavening you would add to scratch cornbread would remedy that?
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. Fascinating tip about spreading anything with weevils in it on the lawn. Weevils won't hurt the lawn?
Flour weevils only digest flour. And I think they're not true weevils anyway. What's gonna attack your lawn is already out there on the prowl, not in your pantry.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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Buy some plastic freezer bowls...they' keep in your freezer. That's where I store my flour.
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