I was just growling at my torn Gold Medal flour package (yes, I prefer King Arthur but it's more money). I tear nine out of ten packages while trying to open them carefully. Going to have to break down and upgrade...
I do put my flour in individual big glass jars, but there's always some left over in the torn package, grrrr. (Have never seen a flour moth in Albuquerque, but did have them in Los Angeles and northern California. I used laurel bay leaves in the flour there, and that most always worked.
Today I looked up to see if this was a problem for others, and, yes, and there's a reason:
Gold Medal Flour
The issue. The flour is tightly packed into a delicate paper sack that’s tricky to handle without tearing or making a mess.
The company’s response. “It’s very classic and the way it’s always been,” a customer-service rep said. “And flour is an openly traded commodity. We don’t make much money on it.”
Editor's Note: This article appeared in the October 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.