First of all, thank you for such a wonderful site and the opportunity to ‘meet’ you from afar. You have already been so kind with my questions last year on cake strips and flour types/substitutes for Australia and I thank you.
My question today is about flour again…. (hehe maybe I’m slightly obsessed!)
As with many others I’m indebted to Kate of KateFlour fame as the results it yields here on TCB recipes is excellent…..but prior to the KateFlour discovery I’ve always wondered why I seem to have a little less of a problem with TCB results using “00” or the new cake and pastry unbleached flour than others seem to here in Aus…
and then the other night (at about 3am….when I sat bolt upright in bed ) I realised that perhaps it was because I routinely freeze all flour for at least 48 hours prior to placing it in my flour containers.
Why? Well, I’ve always done it, as my grandmother told me that it would kill any pantry moth or weevils (sorry to bring such an unattractive mental image of these pests to a baking site!). So, like a dutiful grand-daughter, in homage, I’ve always done it!!! I’m not sure if it does anything or not but I’ve never had problems with these pesky pests and am now too ‘baking superstitious’ (or barking mad some may say ) not to do it!
I’m interested in your scientific/experienced opinion on whether this freezing could/would change the nature and behaviour of the flour?
From reading Kate’s detailed blog it appears that the heat treatment process to KateFlour denatures the flour (reduces moisture content?) so that it behaves similar to bleached flour… but conversely I would assume that by freezing the flour I’m actually retaining moisture… or am I as freezing can also dry foods….???
Your thoughts (and everyone elses!) would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. It’s Mothers Day here today and my husband and 2 year old just made the Buttermilk Blueberry pancakes from TCB for me…. the kitchen looks like a demolition site but ohhhhh… the fabulous and tasty result (and the pure proud excitement of my little boy when he gave them to me) was priceless! Thank you for such a wonderful gift!