Pantry Disaster-need some suggestions
Good thing I went looking for a tablecloth!I was unburying the bottom shelf in my pantry (it's a small closet) and realized that the floor was all wet. I had a gallon jug of water that had apparently developed a leak in it's flimsy plastic container.No worries, all my wheat is in plastic buckets......I thought.
Well, turns out one 25 pound bag was still in its original heavy brown paper sack inside a plastic bag that was apparently NOT waterproof. Oh,No! When I looked at the bottom of the bag,it looked soaked. I thought the leak had just occurred and proceeded to open the grain bag and I was going to pour it into another container before it soaked thru. However, I wasn't able to do that since the bottom 1/4 of the bag was interwoven with all the sprouts and roots!!! It must have happened about 1 week ago. Some of the sprouts are about 4 inches long. I was able to carefully remove what seemed to be dry grain and I am in the process of going thru it by hand and removing any sprouts,grains with moldy tips or clumps.It's remarkably clean.I estimate I lost about 5 pounds from the bottom of the bag and the rest seems ok. I've gone thru about 10 lbs by hand and now have lots of sympathy for people that harvest and sort by hand.
Is there anything I should do with the grain that seems good? I have it in a separate plastic container and plan on using it first but that amount will take a few months as I don't use white whole wheat very much. Should I store it in a cloth bag for a while to allow for evaporation?The grains seem dry but should I perhaps put it in a low oven to make sure? That will not be an easy task as the lowest my oven can hold is 200F. I think that may be too hot. A blow dryer? Any natural dessicant I can add?