Reusing Expired Flour

8 Easy Tips for Reusing Expired Flour

Flour is one of the dry foods that are often forgotten at the bottom of the cupboard. When you prepare your savory or sweet dishes, it is then that you realize that the date has passed or that your flour was not properly stored. Useless for your pastries, your expired flour can be recycled and used for other purposes instead of being thrown away. Obsolete flour, whose use as food is compromised, is still handy in other areas. It can be recycled for cleaning, crafts, hair, and ant control. Here are 8 tips for reusing expired flour and avoiding waste.

1. A cleaner for stainless steel, copper, and brass

For taps and cookware, used flour degreases and shines. Mix equal amounts of flour, coarse salt, and white vinegar. Apply the solution to the areas you want to clean and leave it on for a few moments. Rinse with clean water.

2. A frying oil degreaser

Cleaning a deep fryer is no small task. Stale flour is a great help in absorbing grease and making washing easier. Sprinkle your expired flour on the walls full of frying oil. Let the powder work for a good ten minutes. Then remove the flour and grease with a cloth. Then wash your fryer with soapy water.

3. A dry stain remover for surfaces and textiles

In the same way, as grease, stale flour acts on stains by absorption. You can use it on parquet floors or textiles that cannot be machine washed, such as sofa seats. Sprinkle a handful of flour on the stain and leave for several hours before sweeping or vacuuming.

4. A natural glue

Children are always very fond of crafts and manual activities of all kinds. No risk of toxicity with this natural glue. You keep your mind at ease, and the children have the pride of making their own assemblies of paper, cardboard, or light wood. Scrapbooking fan? This glue recipe is not just for kids and saves you money!

Prepare 2 parts water to 1 part expired flour

Pour the water into a saucepan and heat over low heat

When the water starts to cool, gradually add the flour

Stir continuously with a whisk to avoid lumps

The mixture will thicken slowly

Remove the pan from the heat when the consistency is sufficiently homogeneous.

Let cool, and place the glue in a container labeled with the current date

Your natural glue is ready for use with a brush. It will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.

5. Homemade modeling clay

Reusing Expired Flour

You had planned to prepare a cake with your family, but the flour is out of date. Change the activity and suggest that the children make homemade play dough.

Pour 1 cup of expired flour, ½ cup of salt, and 2 teaspoons of baking soda into a saucepan.

Add 1 cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon of oil

Heat over low heat while stirring

The mixture will form a coarse paste that will pull away from the sides of the pan.

Remove from heat and let cool.

Sprinkle old flour on the work surface so the mixture does not stick.

Knead the dough by hand to give it a smoother appearance

Then make small pieces of dough to which you will add the natural coloring of your choice.

Your modeling dough is ready to be used by children and adults alike! After use, place in airtight containers and store in the refrigerator for several weeks or months.

6. Ecological paint

For interior or exterior woodwork, flour-based paint is healthy, environmentally friendly, and resistant for years. So your kilo of expired flour won’t go to waste. To make this wood paint DIY, you’ll need a few more ingredients: water, coloring soil, iron sulfate, linseed oil, and liquid black soap.

7. Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo absorbs oil and allows you to space out your shampoos. Flour is far less toxic than big box hair products, even when it’s past its average shelf life. Mix a little cocoa with the expired flour for brown to dark hair. Then apply the fine powder to your roots with an old makeup brush and massage your scalp. After a few minutes of standing, brush your hair to remove the excess flour.

8. An ant repellent

Looking for a natural insecticide to fight ant invasions in your home? Place a small pile of flour where the ants appear or where they pass through. They usually follow the same path. Stale flour is highly effective, environmentally friendly, and less dangerous to small children and pets than commercial poison discs. You can also use it in your vegetable garden or at the foot of your flowers.

How do you know if your flour is still good to eat?

Fresh products have a “use by” date. Dry grocery products such as pasta, rice, and flour have a Date of Average Durability. These mentions give indications without determining if your flour is still consumable. Indeed, once the date of average durability has passed, the nutritional qualities are no longer guaranteed, but the products do not constitute a danger to health. The flour can, therefore, still be used. However, the taste and consistency may be altered. The final texture of your culinary preparations is no longer guaranteed.

But that’s not the only thing to look for.

Check the smell and general appearance of your flour, regardless of whether or not it is past the date.

If you forgot to put it in the cupboard, check to ensure no food moths have lodged in your package. First, pour your flour into a separate container to inspect it thoroughly before including it in your savory or sweet preparation.

Finally, proper storage of flour also helps reduce waste. Use airtight containers and limit flour contact with air, heat, and humidity as much as possible.

Learn the Basics of Natural Gardening

Learn the Basics of Natural Gardening

Gardening is good; gardening while respecting the environment and biodiversity is better! Here are the basics you need to know to start gardening naturally.

Wormwood: an excellent natural weed killer

There are natural and inexpensive solutions to weed without polluting or damaging your plants.

Mugwort: what is it?

Mugwort is an aromatic plant generally used in cooking or phytotherapy. You can find it:

  • at the edge of roads and paths;
  • in altitude;
  • planted at the foot of shrubs and large perennial plants.

Good to know: a perennial plant is a plant that can live at least 2 years.

Mugwort and weed control: instructions for use

Mugwort contains artemisinin:

It is the substance secreted by the roots or the leaves when they decompose.

Artemisinin blocks the germination of seeds and considerably limits the growth of weeds.

You can therefore place mugwort near your plants. Aesthetic, it will prevent the appearance of weeds while decorating your beds.

Peppermint: a natural treatment against pests

To treat your plants against pests, no need for chemicals! You can prevent the appearance of pests naturally.

Why peppermint?

This herb allows you to eliminate insects and pests without damaging your other plants:

The essential oil in this plant is an excellent natural insecticide.

Peppermint also has fungicidal properties, eliminating certain parasitic fungi and preventing their appearance.

Natural insecticide: how to prepare it?

To prevent the appearance of insects or treat your plants, spray them with an infusion of peppermint. To prepare it:

Immerse 150 grams of peppermint in 5 liters of boiling water.

Let it steep for 30 minutes.

Then strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the leaves.

Let it cool down.

This product is to be sprayed pure.

Nasturtiums: a natural way to protect yourself from aphids

Aphids are parasites that suck the sap from plants. Indeed, they are irresistibly attracted by nasturtiums, perennial plants whose flowers are usually red or yellow. You can eliminate them naturally.

So, to protect your vegetable gardens:

  • Sow nasturtiums near your vegetable plants. Aphids will be naturally attracted to them and will not attack your crops.
  • Don’t forget to destroy nasturtium leaves covered with aphids as you go along.
  • Replace nasturtiums regularly. If they are too damaged, they will become ineffective.

Attention: only black aphids are attracted to nasturtiums. To get rid of green aphids, opt for a rose bush instead.

Cardboard: an economical mulch

Don’t throw away your old cardboard boxes! You can recycle them to prepare a plot of land that you want to grow.

Mulching: what is it?

Learn the Basics of Natural Gardening

Mulching is a process that helps to prevent the misdeeds of the local climate, in particular by a thick covering of material that keeps certain insects at bay, inhibits weeds, and traps moisture into the soil while acting as a physical barrier to drying winds and direct sunlight.

Why use cardboard?

Mulching with cardboard:

  • protects your soil from bad weather, especially in case of a heat wave;
  • is much appreciated by earthworms: this is a good thing because the worms plow it naturally by moving in the soil;
  • chokes weeds;
  • enriches the soil with carbon, which increases its fertility.

For optimal efficiency, make a few holes in the cardboard to let water through when you water or when it rains.

Good to know: if you wish to preserve the aesthetics of your garden, you can decorate this mulch with bark.

Read more:

– What Is the Purpose of Trimming Ornamental Trees?

– How to Plant a Lawn?

– Criteria for Choosing a Stump Grinder;

– Treating Fruit Trees: When Do Pests Attack Fruit Trees.