Vital Gluten Storage? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Does anyone have any tips for storing vital gluten? Should I just treat it like wheat berries? I'll be back later to check for answers. Thanks,

-- Steve (, June 14, 1999


I like these specific questions.

What is vutal gluten? Why do you need it?

-- Rick (, June 14, 1999.

I don't know the correct way to store it. For years I put the Vital Gluten [which was in a paper bag] into a freezer zip lock and stored in the freezer. The last few years, I've been storying on a pantry shelf [my house is maintained at 60-70 F and 38% humidity]. I haven't seen any difference in quality.

-- Z1X4Y7 (, June 14, 1999.

Steve, vital wheat gluten is a protein derived from wheat. It's mainly used to make bread, to make it more uniform, and it helps bread rise.

I like to use gluten in my bread because I have fewer flops. But my mother never used it and made consistently good bread. The key word there is "consistently." She made bread often, and I only bake it when in the mood.

According to my "Cookin With Home Storage" book, by Vicki Tate, gluten can also be used to make fake meat. I've never tried this, but it's probably a product similar to TVP.

I store my gluten in the kitchen cabinet, and it keeps fine. But if we don't have AC, I may put it in a glass container under the house, where it is cooler.

-- gilda (, June 14, 1999.


How large of a quantity are you storing? If it's more than you can use in a few months, you might want to store the bulk of it in an airtight container with an oxy-absorber. Place it in the coolest available place - a freezer if you have the space. What you use for current baking can be kept in an airtight container in the kitchen.

-- Jill Dance (, June 14, 1999.

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