Hi all, I am on a super tight budget, and had stock piled some inexpensive pasta. Last night I realized it had some small black winged insects in it. I could shake the bugs out but some of the pasta itself had little cavities with black in them, like maybe the cocoon or something. UGH. So I put it all out for the compost, but I just feel terrible.
I have more pasta, but stored in a different place, and I'm dreading going in there to check. Other things in my cupboard were infested, like quinoa. I did find the bugs in unopened pasta, too, so I'm assuming they had a way of getting in. I feel so discouraged.
The dry brown rice, I sorted through and removed all bugs and then put the rice in the fridge, but I don't know I should serve it to my family or toss it.
So what's the best plan, to go in and open up all my pasta packets (some have like 8 pounds in them, from Sam's club), and put in some diatomaceous earth?
Toss the rice?
Is there any hope for the rice or pasta that was infested, ie., is there a way to be confident that some does not have invisible affects?
Should I give up on stockpiling?
Is there an inexpensive way to store these things so that the bugs are unable to get in or to live? My flour always seems fine, but it is sealed in tupperware type things. I don't think I can do that for all of my pasta. I read on MDC once about some kind of super sealing pet food containers, but I have not been able to find them. Does anyone know what that is or how to find it?