Tip - Bugs in Whole Grains
All whole grains are subject to bugs and their eggs. The grain is grown in open fields where bugs live and lay their eggs. Many grain distributors take various precautions to eliminate this problem. However infestation is not uncommon. The good news is, they won’t harm you. And they provide a little extra protein. <LOL>
I recently discovered both dead and also a few live weevils in my grain. The very best way to find these tiny creatures is to submerge some grain under water. The pest are light and buoyant. They will float to the top and become obviously visible.
I decided to give my improvised shaker a try. It seems not only is the shaker great for sifting grain, but if a 20 mesh (large holes) screen Is used the vibration will quickly remove the pest. After the grain was cleaned it was placed into a plastic bag and stored in the freezer for a few days to kill off anything that remained, especially the eggs.
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UPdate - After the grain was sifted it was placed in a ZipLok bag and sealed. It was placed in the freezer for a couple of weeks (3 days probably ok). Once removed from the freezer the grain was re-sifted using a #20 mesh. Very little dust and only a few bugs were sifted out. I call this a complete success! Grain Saved...