Storage Tips

 

 

 

Where should whole grains, seeds and legumes be stored?
In a clean, dry, low light, cool storage area between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius.  When in doubt store products in your fridge or freezer.

How should whole grains, seeds and legumes be stored?
Fieldstone Organic’s packaged grains, seeds and legumes come in food grade packaging that allows breathability. It’s important that packages are stored in a clean area, free from pests. Glass jars work well to store smaller quantities in the kitchen that are being used regularly.

Should I rinse grains and legumes prior to use?
Whole grains and legumes being sprouted or soaked, such as sprouted lentils and grains for salads should be rinsed prior to sprouting.  If our whole grain cereals are to be soaked then eaten, rinse your serving portion prior to soaking.

How long can I store whole grains, legumes and seeds?
Most whole grains and legumes remain stable indefinitely if stored in the right conditions. Store them in clean, dry, low light, cool storage and rotate your supply. If you're actively using the products and refilling your kitchen containers every few weeks from your large source you're opening the bags to allow breathability and checking your products.  It is reasonable to store whole grains and legumes for a year in their original bags under cool and dry conditions.

Do all grains and seeds have the same shelf life?
As oats are a softer grain regular turnover is recommended, ideally within 6 months. Flax is an oily seed and should also be purchased based on quantities suitable to your needs and used within 6 months. Buckwheat is also best used within 3 to 6 months.  Oats, flax and buckwheat are best stored in their whole form, not ground.   Storage in clean, dry, low light, cool storage is required.

What is the shelf life of whole grain flour once it’s ground?
Whole grain flour has the most nutritional content when freshly ground. For this reason it’s always best to grind flour on demand using a domestic mill. If flour is freshly ground or oats are freshly flaked for the purpose of storing they should be placed in an airtight container in the freezer and used within 2 to 3 months.