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Bulk chocolate storage?

RuthWells's picture

In preparation for the holiday baking season, I ordered an 11lb block of Callebaut bittersweet from chocosphere.com.  It is one huge honkin' chunk of chocolate!  My question is about storage (once I breach the manufacturer's wrapping).  Knock it into chunks and store in ziplock bags?  Do I need to invest in a food saver?  (I really don't want to if I don't have to.)  Would double ziplock bags be best, or first in plastic wrap and then in ziplock bags?.......


So much chocolate, so little storage space.  ; )


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
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soccermom's picture

(post #63679, reply #1 of 73)

I bought 30 lbs of Ghiradelli right after last Christmas (it was a good deal!) . I still have slightly more than 20 left. I ended up whacking it into 6 or 8 oz chunks and sticking them in small ziplocks so they'd be handy. Those are in my kitchen cupboard. The remainder is in my pantry. No problems so far.

 


 

 

 

courgette's picture

(post #63679, reply #2 of 73)

I bought a $50 bag of Callebault Chocolate chips from Golda's in the summer. Of course I had to open it to try. Yum. Sat on the side counter and I was "dipping" everytime I walked by. When a goodly portion had disappeared I put said bag in the cupboard-Out of sight, out of mind, right? One day hubby had a "need" and wanted to know if I had any chocolate stashed so I gave him a handful of the chips-big mistake. On the weekend he announced that the bag was empty. I never did cook with them. I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to buy another bag - or I could just throw $50 in the garbage! No storage problems in my house....

Mo

soccermom's picture

(post #63679, reply #3 of 73)

Too funny! I do have an embarrassing amount of choc chips around here, but they don't call to me at all. I REALLY do not need to be storing any chocolate chips on my hips or tummy.


 


 


 

 

 

coloradocooking's picture

(post #63679, reply #64 of 73)

First off---GOOD chocolate eaten is not wasted chocoloate! Secondly, the same would happen in my house---I wouldn't ahve to worry a bout storage space!


My firend gets the 11 lbs block every year for candy making. Her 6 ft + 230lbs all muscle husband is a chocoholic-oh how he gets caught knawing on the thing as if it was a piece of dried fruit! LOL

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63679, reply #4 of 73)

Do like Canuck. Break it into chunks and store them in ziplock bags in your pantry. As long as it doesn't get hot enough to melt them in there they'll be fine for months and months.

And a little tip on how to break that bar down: Place it on a hard surface, still in its unopened wrapper, and whack it about a dozen times with a hammer.

courgette's picture

(post #63679, reply #5 of 73)

Just make sure you don't have mice - I have found that they like chocolate. I bought Callebault in New York, in USD, Drug it home and saved it for something special. The mice ate it all! And to top it off, I realized we have a Callebault store here in London..... DUH!

Mo

RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #6 of 73)

Oh, how heartbreaking!  I have pantry moths (when it's warm out) but no mice..... thank god!

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

DeannaS's picture

(post #63679, reply #18 of 73)

I have those stupid moths, too, though I think they might finally be gone. We've been keeping all grain and nut products in the fridge or the freezer forever (okay for nearly a year now, I think). I think I may have finally starved them all out. Grrrr. I swear they can live on microscopic crumbs.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #19 of 73)

They come back when you least expect them, in my experience.  D@mn critters.  You'd think the parrot would learn to snap them out of the air with that killer beak of his, but no.


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

KathiM's picture

(post #63679, reply #45 of 73)

OOO parrott?  What kind?  I have 4-  An umbrella cockatoo, a blue and gold macaw and 2 tiels. The only thing they snatch are the goodies I give them.  ANd thats not really a snatch as they have very nice manners.  (sorry-proud mom-only the male tiel is a brat with food)

RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #48 of 73)

Wow, that's a lot of parrots!  I love umbrella cockatoos -- what sweetie pies.  We have a very obnoxious white-eyed conure.  We had him for 5 years before having kids, and since the kids came along, he's been an unmitigated PITA.  He's very jealous, and has bitten the kids more than once (in spite of our best efforts to segregate him).

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

KathiM's picture

(post #63679, reply #49 of 73)

Conures are very beaky.  Any hope that the kids could offer bribes?

RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #51 of 73)

Conures are very beaky.  Any hope that the kids could offer bribes?


The closest I allow the kids to get is playing "tissue tug" with the beast --  basically tug-of-war with a tissue.  The kids can keep their fingers well out of the way of the beak.  Seriously, I've had bites that should have probably received a stitch or two, and I'm just not going to run the risk of the kids' getting bitten.


But -- shhhh, don't tell anyone! -- I think I've finally got hubby convinced that a dog in the house would be a Good Thing.  Now that's a pet the kids can have fun with!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

KathiM's picture

(post #63679, reply #52 of 73)

My DD bonded over food, treats and toys.  They always love the people that feed them.  And of course there are showers.  What kind of puppy are you planning?

RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #53 of 73)

I'm thinking of a rescue dog rather than puppy -- if we can find the right one.  There are allergies in the family, so our breed choices are a little limited.  I'd love a Westie, but Hubby's oogling the Portugese Water dogs...... so we have a little ways to go, LOL!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63679, reply #54 of 73)

A co-worker has two Portugese Water dogs and loves them.  No shedding, and they love to play in the lake (he's a sailor).


There's a website that uses a questionaire to match you with breeds that suit your liftestyle and personality. Let me see if I can find it. . .


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #55 of 73)

There's a website that uses a questionaire to match you with breeds that suit your liftestyle and personality. Let me see if I can find it. . .


That would be fabulous, Leigh, thanks!  I'm concerned about any dog bigger than 20 lbs or so, because fencing our yard is not a very good option.  Most of the rescue places I've checked out require fences for the mid-sized and larger dogs. 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

KathiM's picture

(post #63679, reply #61 of 73)

How about the invisible fencing?  Good luck with the adoption.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #62 of 73)

Invisible fencing may end up being our only option.  Thanks for the good wishes -- I'm sure we'll need them!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

KathiM's picture

(post #63679, reply #63 of 73)

New babies are so much fun-even if they arent the young ones.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63679, reply #56 of 73)

Here are a couple of dog selectors:


http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm


 


http://animal.discovery.com/breedselector/dogselector.do (This one has annoying popups)


 


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #57 of 73)

Thanks so much -- this will be a big help!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Adele's picture

(post #63679, reply #58 of 73)

My sister and Fiona just added a Bichon Freise (sic?) to the family.   I googled, one of the highest maintenace doggies they could of chose, put's dear departed Maxie to shame!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

KarenP's picture

(post #63679, reply #60 of 73)

My sister and Fiona just added a Bichon Freise (sic?) to the family


  My sister used to breed Bichons.  They have wonderful personalities and are great family pets.  

Wolvie's picture

(post #63679, reply #67 of 73)

ah - as I read further - I see a rescue dog in the holiday season - an even bigger yahoo! ;-)

If, 2 1/2 years in, you don't control the only road linking your military airport to your headquarters, you don't control much of anything


Lewis Simons

 

RuthWells's picture

(post #63679, reply #68 of 73)

Tee hee!  Yes, it only took a year to convince the Hubby..... but I think he's really on board, now.


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Wolvie's picture

(post #63679, reply #66 of 73)

I see a puppy this holiday season - yahoo!!

If, 2 1/2 years in, you don't control the only road linking your military airport to your headquarters, you don't control much of anything


Lewis Simons

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63679, reply #20 of 73)

I use the Pantry Pest traps to get rid of them when we have an outbreak.


The Pantry Pest Trap


It uses a phermone in combination with a sticky trap, and is the only thing I've found that works.  I used to get them from Gardens Alive, but you can find them at Home Depot and Lowes now, too.


After the outbreak is over, I keep one or two in the most prone cupboards to monitor for potential new outbreaks.  When I start seeing moths again (and you will), I put out more traps to get them before they take over.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
DeannaS's picture

(post #63679, reply #21 of 73)

OOOooo, something that works that would let me actual move the cereal out of the fridge? I'm all over that! I see a trip to Home Depot in my very near future.

How could I have gone for years and years without ever having these things? I hear that they can come in on pet food, and I think that may be the likely culprit. Darn critters. If I didn't love them so, they'd be kicked to the curb. ;)

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63679, reply #23 of 73)

I've received them in pet food and cereal.  I hate them, and especially hate how when you kill one, it leaves a moth-wing-dust smear that's all but impossible to remove from a painted wall! 


The traps come two to a package and are about $5-7 per package, but worth it.  For upper cabinets, put one to a cabinet that has the food.  For pantries, I use two--one on a higher shelf and one on a lower shelf.  When the trap is full or after three months, replace it. 


Tip: if one side of the trap gets full--usually the bottom first--turn it over and let the "top" fill up, too.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy