For cakes and other flour-based recipes, cups and cups of flour are required. But when you are making a ‘roux’ or when you need flour to thicken your sauce, usually, a pinch will do.
How Much is a Pinch of Flour?
Well, that’s a good question. In this case, there is no accurate measurement. It is up to your judgment (and how big your pinch is) to determine how much flour is actually needed. Categorically, a pinch of flour may be equivalent a fraction of a spoon. It’s not that much.
Tips on Storage and Other Flour Information
A primary concern for homemakers regarding flour is storage. Unless you have a habit of baking nearly everyday, your demand for flour is high. But if you are only accustomed to using flour as a thickening agent to your sauces or as a sticking agent to your meatballs, you mostly need just a pinch of flour every so often. In this case, you need to know how you can properly store your flour, keeping it free from the invasion of unwanted visitors such as bugs and whatnots.
* Make sure to keep your flour in a plastic bag. A food grade variety is the requirement. If your store-bought flour comes in a paper container, you must put the entire bag inside a food grade plastic.
* Before sealing the flour in the plastic container, make sure that you empty it with excess air.
* Then, you can put the bag of flour in the freezer and leave it for two days or 48 hours. The temperature in your freezer will help kill insect eggs in your flour.
* After freezing, you are ready to put your flour in a container with a tight-lid.
* Make sure that you put the flour container away from direct sunlight exposure. That could spoil your flour.
* Your storage area must also be clean to prevent infestation of insects, which may crawl onto your flour as well.
Maintaining a clean, insect-free storage room will save you a lot of money in the long run. Imagine, if you store your flour well, it can last up to seven months. That is also true with many other ingredients that you used to store in your pantry. Storage is an important detail that should not be left out no matter how big or small your kitchen is. It helps keep things organized and neat as well as secure your food ingredients and prevent them from spoiling.