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diastatic malt powder - shelf life?

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Eldemila's picture
Eldemila

diastatic malt powder - shelf life?

Does anyone know what the shelf life should be for diastatic malt powder?  I had my Mom bring some back for me a couple years ago - never used it but vacuum bagged it.  Just wondering if it's still any good - is there even any way to test it to tell? 

 

THANKS!

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holds99

If it's packaged in the U.S. it should have a "do not sell after" date or "use before this date for best results"  stamped somewhere on the container.  Sounds like you vacuum sealed it in plastic with something like a foodsaver.  Did you keep it in either the fridge or freezer?  I keep mine in the freezer where it lasts a very long time.

Howard - St. Augustine, FL

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Mini Oven

Make a little dollar pancake (water, pinch of salt and stir to thick but runny consistancy) and fry it and see if it gives off any bad odors.  It will be a tough little thing but you can taste it this way too.

Mini O

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Eldemila

It seems it was purchased in bulk, so no idea how old it was originally, and now I've had it for a few years.  Haven't kept it freezer, just vac packed and kept in the cupboard.

But technically, if you bought some pre-packed, what's the average use by date, if there is one?

 

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holds99

If I were not sure of its age I would toss it, particularly if it came in bulk.  In bulk you can't tell how long it's been sitting around before you bought it.  But like Mini O said, you could taste it and if it tastes o.k. (not rancid) you could try using it in a loaf or two of bread.  If you buy new be sure to get a dated package and keep it in the freezer.

Howard - St. Augustine, FL

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Big Brick House...

just because it is older doesn't mean it's bad, honey, salt, sugar doesn't go bad, try it then decide.  What a throw away society we have become.


 

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mrfrost

The keys to diastatic malt are the (active)enzymes, which certainly can and do go bad, especially without refrigeration.


I'd wager that it's not too wild of a guess that the expiration date of on unopened pack of this stuff would not be two years from when manufactured. Probably not even close. This is a type of flour, and even plain old unbleached flour doesn't have a (specified)shelf life of much more than 18 months.

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CanuckJim

As a matter or rule, we keep malt powder, IDY, ADY, seeds and nuts in the freezer.  Ours is a fairly high turnover, but the shelf life will be extended if kept frozen.  How long, I don'd know, but we buy SAF IDY in bulk, and it's still very active a year later.


CJ