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    I found crawly things in the dregs of our rice bag, so i super washed it. Probably we still ingested some of that protein.
    i buy rice in big bags from the Asian food store. Probably I should but smaller amounts and use them up faster.

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    Iris Lilies, can you store your rice in the freezer for a few days?
    "Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart is also." Jesus

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    IL: You get the brand new "December Frugals Badge of Honor" for eating the rice that had crawly things in it!

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    I am constantly amazed at the food bargains and abundant choices out there. Consequently, we have an overly-stocked pantry and freezer. We did one last run today but I told DH we are not buying anymore food this month except for necessities. So that is my frugality for December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    IL: You get the brand new "December Frugals Badge of Honor" for eating the rice that had crawly things in it!
    Well ya know, it is not unusual to find the crawly things at the end of the bag so I am not creeped out, and this population was small.

    A few years ago we had the awful bugs in EVERYTHING and that is why I now use up stuff.

    as for keeping it in the freezer, maybe. We dont have enough room for a big bag but could maybe smash 1/4 bag in there. DH keeps Bisquick in the freezer downstairs, hence I forget we have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Well ya know, it is not unusual to find the crawly things at the end of the bag so I am not creeped out, and this population was small.

    A few years ago we had the awful bugs in EVERYTHING and that is why I now use up stuff.

    as for keeping it in the freezer, maybe. We dont have enough room for a big bag but could maybe smash 1/4 bag in there. DH keeps Bisquick in the freezer downstairs, hence I forget we have it.
    I don't think you have to permanently keep it in the freezer, just put it in a couple of days to kill them.

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    We had a wicked pantry moth infestation this year related to our sunflower seeds for the birds. I saw it and ignored it a little too long and it spiraled way out of control. We had larvae crawling on the ceilings! DH said I had an exceptional tolerance to moths all over our house, haha. Anyway, I have since made up for lost time and I think they are pretty well eradicated. Now that winter is here, I leave bags of seed in the trunk of my car for a few days after purchase, since freezing is supposed to kill the critters. I figure my trunk is like a big freezer in the winter, and I don't have to worry about temperature fluctuations for this particular application (like I wouldn't store meat in there or anything).

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    How do you end up with bugs in closed container or bags? I have never had this happen.

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    Because we got a new freezer this year everything in it is “new.” So what I’m doing is trying to empty it by spring! My Idea is pretty simple: use something frozen, from the fridge, and the pantry. Tonight’s dinner. Salad greens from the csa box, yesterday, tomato, ground beef from the freezer, cheese and noodles from the pantry.

    this was a deliberately simple and plain meal. I’d spent almost all afternoon prepping for a cookie exchange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    How do you end up with bugs in closed container or bags? I have never had this happen.
    The eggs are in the rice when you buy it. Freezing keeps them from hatching but freezing doesn’t kill them, some kinds anyway.

    we buy 25 lb bags so they sit around for a long time.

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