Why does my wheat smell like beets?
March 3, 2012 6:45 PM Subscribe
Did my flour go bad? I have some wheat flour from a small local farm. I used it to make bread today and it has an odd smell. I'm wondering if it's still okay to use or if I'll be tripping like a medieval peasant
if I eat it.
posted by apricot to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The best way I can describe the smell is like beets. It's that same sort of earthy, sweet dirt smell that beets have. I used the flour two or three weeks ago and didn't notice a smell then, but I noticed it immediately today.
It has been stored in a glass jar with a gasket seal, and I have had it since the fall. According to the farm's website they grind wheat regularly throughout the year, so I think it was pretty fresh when I bought it. The farm also says this about their flour: "All our flour is unsifted whole grain. This means it contains more bran than most whole wheat flour you might buy in the grocery store. The bran is nutritious but it will also make things more crumbly."
Has anyone ever experienced this before? Does anyone have an idea what might be causing this smell? Should I get rid of it? I went ahead and baked a loaf with it, and the smell is totally gone now, but I'm worried about tasting it.