silly question about flour
I feel silly asking this but I'm feeling paranoid: I left the lid off of the container that I store my all-purpose flour in. I keep it on the counter top and was using it and forgot to close it for about 5 hours. I'm going to be making Christmas cookies soon and started getting worried that maybe the flour became stale or something in that time period. I don't want my cookies to have an "off" flavor. Am I just being super paranoid? Thanks...
Yeah, you're being paranoid, but there's nothing wrong with that. If you don't ask, you don't know, right? :)
Yes, your flour is fine. Really, the only problem with leaving flour uncovered is that it could get moisture in it, or bugs, or something like that. But there isn't much chance of that unless you left it open for days or months, in a high-traffic area, and you'd see it as soon as you look at it. If it's still looks ok, it's perfectly fine to use and won't be any different.
In my house, the only hazard would be the dog fur that would float down....but flour is white, dog is black, so easily picked off.
Agree with everyone, have a good baking day!