How To Cook Flour If You're Making Polvoron

Did you know that flour is a raw ingredient?

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Flour is a raw ingredient. This is the same whether it's cake flour, bread flour, or all-purpose flour. 

Since flour is a raw ingredient, it hasn't gone through any heating process to make it safe or to ensure that it's safe. Flour is made by grinding raw wheat kernels into a fine powder. Only solid particles that are not desired in the wheat can be removed and sifted out from the fine powder that is made. This is why any bacteria or other organisms that occur naturally in plants and the environment may still be present in the flour. This is the same case for any food that's fresh and hasn't been cooked yet.

Rinsing and cleaning the flour however is not an option or it will change the flour's properties. 

That's why flour can house weevils and other insects if it's not been stored properly. These are harmless if icky but these are killed off along with most bacteria when it's been baked or cooked which usually occurs at high temperatures. This is the reason why flour companies advise against eating flour raw or eating the dough or batter before it's been baked. It's all about food safety. 

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So, if you're going to use it without adding it to a baked or cooked dish, be safe and learn how to cook the flour. If you're making polvoron as a snack or as part of your food business, make it food safe by cooking the flour first. You not only make the flour safe to eat but you also develop some delicious flavor when you toast the flour.

You can even toast flour even if you're not making polvoron

Here are the easy steps to do it: 

  1. Place flour in a dry frying pan. Turn on the heat to low. 
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  1. 2 Toast, stirring gently to avoid any spot that browns too quickly. Cook about 8 minutes or until the flour is overall a golden brown color and smells like toasted bread.
  1. 3 Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl or shallow plate to more quickly cool the flour. Use as directed in the recipe once cool. 
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Got a microwave? You can also "toast" flour in the microwave so that it's safe to eat, especially if you're making edible cookie dough.  

Here's how to do it: 

  1. 1 Place flour in a microwave-safe bowl. 
  1. 2 Heat on High for 30 seconds. Stir. Using a thermometer, check if the flour has reached 165 degrees F or 74 degrees C. If not, heat it again. 
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  1. 3 Repeat the process until the flour, after stirring, has reached 165/74 degrees. 

After you have cooked your flour, let it cool completely before using it in your recipes. It's now food-safe enough that you can lick batter and dough from the bowl and the spoon! 

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