As I was getting ready for bed, doing my usual ‘before bed routine’ (prep for the following day), I discovered I was out of ground coffee. It only takes about 5 mins to grind the upcoming week’s batch so I went for it. Who cares that it was almost midnight right?? It needed to be done. So, I dumped the last of the whole beans into the grinder, including all the lil crumbs from the bottom of the bag. After all, coffee is coffee! As I was placing the lid on the grinder, I thought I saw a coffee bean move. Due to the time, I chalked it up to being tired and proceeded to snap the lid on again. This time, I swore I saw not just one, but FOUR beans moving!! I un-popped the lid and stared at the beans. They WERE moving!! *ick* Lil brown coffee bean coloured bugs all wiggling about. Needless to say, I dumped entire batch, washed out the grinder and opened up a fresh bag that was sealed from the manufacturer. (the last bag was just clipped closed in the cupboard)
So tomorrow, I need to go and buy more OXO Pop Up containers – these things are AWESOME – and begin to sort through the dried food/powdered pantry items and either purge or transfer to their new air tight homes. I hope to NOT find too many contaminated food items not b/c I don’t want to have to encounter more of these bugs (ie the source of them – ick again) but more so b/c I hate throwing away food. Its such a waste!
My biggest challenge – dealing with dad about all of this. He will deny that there are pantry bugs to begin with and fight me on using the new food storage containers vs his method – using whatever jar is around after its been washed out. Pickles, mayo, jam jars – you name it, we’re using it to store dried food items much to my dismay.
FYI – the beans now reside in their own OXO Pop Up in the cupboard (http://www.oxo.com/p-877-10-piece-pop-container-set.aspx)
What are your experiences with pantry bugs? How did you rid yourself of them?