I put away a small stash of ramen noodles the other day. You know, the cheap imported ones in the plastic packs.
Yesterday I got one out and it had gone moldy. So had the others.
Morals: check your food supplies occasionally, and it's a good idea to rotate stock. I'd forgotten that some things have a limited storage life, so I can't just stuff a box in the closet and forget about it. You need to have your stash reasonably close to your kitchen, so you can shift old and new stock as needed.
The proper thing to do would be to appropriate one or more of the kitchen cabinets for this purpose, but my wife has already filled them with her "good" dishes we never get to use, and crap neither of us will eat, but she refuses to discard.
Even the best-laid plans fall short of the reality of life-as-we-know-it...
Good tip. I did not know Ramen noodles would go bad.
Rice also I guess can go sour.
Me and my buddy were eating dinner and the Asian girls told us the rice was sour.
Not sure if it goes sour after cooking or in a dry state.
Hell it tasted good too us so we ate there dinner. :)
Yeah my wife says stuff like that about the rice in our cooker from time to time... I think the rice is perfectly edible, maybe not as "fresh" but it sure seems good every time she says that.
Speaking of Asian food, you guys really should get some 5 gallon soy sauce buckets from a local asian diner and wash them out good, then get some of the screw-on lids from Sportsman's Guide. They really work, and the 5 gallon buckets are instantly stackable in the garage or elsewhere. The local restaraunt throws theirs out every week or two. The buckets from soy sauce are best, but the oil buckets work too... they are all food-grade and just need a bit more soap :) The ginger buckets are square and so you can't really find lids for them. Any carry-out restaraunt should have an ample supply they throw out so you shouldn't have too much of a problem finding some.
I label mine with some 2" blue masking tape so I can easily figure out what's inside. We have a dozen of them I think. Keep everything from rice (easily holds a 25-pound bag!) to packets and other dry goods we don't want to store inside but don't want to leave out for the bugs in the garage. They are $7.00 if you're a member. I got the white lids since I figure if we ever keep them indoors the white ones look good for the kitchen:
Tools, Storage, Gamma Seal Storage Container Seals, By Gamma at Sportsman's Guide
I got pasta of different types put away in my preps.Never heard of mold on dry pasta before.
The local Menards (like a home depot) has white snap on lids for 5 gal buckets for around $3-$4 last time I got some.
It's been my experience that the imported ramens are anything but cheap. Are you sure your ramen didn't come from California (or do you consider California a "foreign country"?)
Originally Posted by TRX
C'mon, Pookie, you're gonna make people crazy.
Originally Posted by hcpookie
A far more available source for food grade 5g buckets is your local donut shop. Their fillings come in 2.5g and 5g buckets, and they do go through them . . .
"Dry" noodles aren't always dry, they absorb moisture from the air if not sealed airtight. Dessicant packs in a sealed bucket is the way to store them long term. Sill have to rotate.
:):)"Even the best-laid plans fall short of the reality of life-as-we-know-it..."
Yeah...like getting married!:):)
The bakery at any grocery store will usually give them away for free [or that may just be a midwest thing...]
Originally Posted by nalioth
Here is another cheaper source for Gamma Seal lids:
GAMMA SEALS AS LOW AS $3.99 EACH