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Do I need to refrigerate vital wheat gluten?

javaandjazz Jan 28, 2009 07:56 AM

I just bought this for the first time to use in the bread machine. I normally refrigerate the flours I use but was wondering if I need to put the wheat gluten in the fridge also? Thanks!

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    melodyoutside Apr 24, 2009 11:44 AM

    I bought my VWG in the bulk section of the store and it wasn't refrigerated...which is odd, because all of their bulk flours were refrigerated. Anyway, I decided it's best to stay on the safe side and refrigerate it to keep it from going rancid. However, with that said, VWG is lower in carbohydrates than flour, and I *think* lower in fat...so it may not go rancid that quickly. Basically, whenever I plan to use some (if I know ahead that I'll be baking), I measure out what I'm using and let it come to room temp before I use it, and then I place the rest in the fridge. Hope that helps!

    1. alwayscooking Apr 24, 2009 04:58 PM

      I don't refrigerate it. Curious on how you will use it - for making chewy bread or wheat 'meat'?

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      1. re: alwayscooking
        visciole Feb 3, 2012 06:02 PM

        Dunno how the OP will use it, but I use it in my bread machine to make whole wheat bread, as whole wheat has less gluten. It really helps to make the texture of the bread lighter and, for want of a better word, "pullier." You know, the way a bagel is. It makes a big difference.

      2. Bryn Apr 24, 2009 08:10 PM

        no. There are no fats (or very trace amounts of fats) in it to go rancid. Vital Gluten is Wheat protein.

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          jerry i h Apr 24, 2009 08:25 PM

          Nope. Store it the same way you store regular flour.

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            canyondweller Feb 3, 2012 04:21 PM

            Yes maam, been researching all day after getting my new bread machine :) said to store it in the refrigerator or freezer just like your healthy flour.

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