When I buy the oats, I wait about a month before I re-package them.What type and brand of oats do you store? And how do you store them?
This is enough time for bugs' eggs to hatch if the oats are contaminated.
Since these are meant for a very long shelf life, I want to make sure there are no eggs before I re-package.
I stocked up on regular rolled oats - not the quick-cooking kind.
Some are Quaker brand, some are the grocery's signature brand, some from Bulk Barn. I like the large flakes.
I put them in a freezer bag (heavy duty), with some strips of towel paper mixed in (to absorb moisture), let air out.
Then I put it in another freezer bag (also air out).
Label on date packaged, and a few bay leaves (to deter bugs), in between bags.
I put them in dark colored plastic storage boxes with dried herbs like bay leaves strewn in (again, to deter bugs), and some towel paper (for moisture).
Some are stored in tin drum-shaped containers (which came from dog food years ago) with air-tight lids. There is no difference either between the containers. They're in the basement (cool, dark place), a few inches off the floor.
I check them every 8 months or more to see if there is any clumping. Everything looks good. The oldest ones I got which I've been eating these days, are dated 2016.
I would like to re-organize and buy enough to fit one storage box, put the date also outside the storage box.
It makes it easier to know which ones have to be used first. Stackable boxes will give me more space.
Just so the oats don't get too old, I also use them for feeding birds and squirrels during winter time. Having been re-packaged, I don't think they'll accept them at the Food Bank.