Sometimes unexpected «guests» can greatly damage your food supplies, and just spoil your mood. Few people are pleased to regularly find small insects next to the kitchen table and dishes. To keep your kitchen clean and your grits intact, there are several recipes for organizing and storing these types of foods.
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one «Freeze» cereal
The low temperature will keep the bugs out and keep your supplies safe. You should not store rice in this way, it reacts badly to freezing and loses its structure and shape after cooking.
2 Place lemon zest next to
In fact, there may be several such «food» repellers. In addition to dried lemon peel, you can use garlic or hot peppers. The pod is placed on top of the cereal in a container and closed. This method works especially well with rice.
3 use metal
Cut the foil into pieces and put a jar of cereal inside, insects will bypass it. Any cutlery placed in cereals works on the same principle.
four Put in jars and bags of herbs
Have you noticed that the older generation keeps bay leaves in jars of buckwheat or rice? The thing is that some plants repel bugs and moths. These include not only bay leaves, but also dried calendula.
5 Check New Packages Carefully
If you suddenly have flour bugs or moths, it is likely that you brought them from the store. In order not to spoil the rest of the cereal in the house, carefully check the purchases. This is especially true for rice and flour — flour bugs start up in them most often. Pour the contents of the box onto a baking sheet and mix with a fork or knife. If there are bugs, they will immediately become visible. It is best to dispose of such a product.
6 Do the cleaning regularly
All accidentally spilled products should be removed as quickly as possible, because insects can be attracted by the smell of food, which is huddled in the corners. Thoroughly wipe down your cabinets at least once a month and don’t forget to dry them so that moisture doesn’t accumulate inside. It has nothing to do with bugs, but directly with mold.
7 Treat cabinets with vinegar
For prevention, and if you have already had a sad experience with bugs, wipe all cabinets where cereals are stored, as well as the places closest to them, with vinegar diluted with water. It is better to do this with an open window so that the pungent smell disappears faster.
eight Pour the cereal into tightly closed jars
It can be both plastic and glass containers, it is important that the lid is tightly screwed or snapped shut, cutting off the oxygen access path. In such containers, bugs do not start, and if they start, then they do not wander beyond one can, and all other food supplies will remain intact.
9 Keep track of stock
Despite the fact that cereals are stored for quite a long time and do not require special care, it is not worth buying them in bags. Firstly, it does not make sense from an ergonomic point of view — unnecessary supplies litter the apartment and deprive you of usable space. And, secondly, a large volume of production is more difficult to control, and the risk of encountering moths or bugs increases significantly. Check food stocks and only buy when they run out.
ten Observe the terms and rules of storage
Here, again, the unpretentiousness of cereals plays a cruel joke. Many do not find it necessary to keep track of expiration dates, just throwing another package into the bowels of kitchen cabinets. In the meantime, insects can also start in an expired product; it does not have the same beneficial properties as fresh. In the case of cereals, just like with any other food, it is important to respect expiration dates, and also monitor the temperature and humidity in the room where you store supplies.