Adequate preservation of Nigerian grains such as beans, rice, corn, millet etc is very important because once the deadly weevils find their way into your storage, na collateral damage o.
More often than not, especially with beans, when we buy these food ingredients in the market, at least one weevil must follow us home. If not checked, that weevil will multiply into a million weevils and finish up the beans, leaving nothing. That’s money down the drain.
This is not so common with rice but it has been known to happen so when you experience such with rice and other grains, use the same process.
To preserve your beans there are two popular methods,
- Put the grains in a container, cover very well and put in your freezer. The cold temperatures of the freezer will destroy the weevils that are already in the grains.
- Pour the grains into air tight tupperware, add dry cayenne pepper into the container, close tight and place the container in your pantry. The hot and spicy pepper will suffocate the weevils, leaving your grains safe. The ratio for grains to peppers is 10:1.