The first preparedness challenge in December is to buy a variety of sugars for your food storage. The recommended amount of sugar to store for one adult each year is 60 lbs. A few sugar ideas are white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, jam or jelly, agave nectar, and molasses. You can gather pancake and maple syrup in February with breakfast foods, or now if needed. If you live in a small home, start gathering a 3-month supply of sugars. I you live in a large home, you could build up to a to year’s supply of sugars. You’re too sweet not to do this.
1. Buy Food Storage Sugars
- Most sugars have an indefinite shelf life and tend to be inexpensive.
- Brown sugar must be stored carefully so it doesn’t harden, but can be softened if it does.
- Do NOT add an oxygen absorber packet to white sugar or it will turn rock solid. Been there, done that!
- I keep three sugar buckets in my pantry with a Gamma twist lid which makes them easier to open and close.
- White sugar: I store 25 lbs. in a 5-gallon food grade bucket lined with a Mylar bag. You could line your bucket with a food grade bucket liner. Years ago, my sugar bucket cracked so I’m more prepared now.
- Brown Sugar and Powdered Sugar: I store 10 to 12 x 2-lb. bags of each in 5-gallon buckets. Buying smaller brown sugar bags helps it stay soft.
- I also store regular and creamed honey from various sources.
- In Utah, I’ve purchased Gamma lids at Smith and Edwards, Standard Restaurant Supply, Industrial Container, and Maceys grocery store. I never pay more than $10.00 for a Gamma lid.
- The Latter-day Saint Home Storage Centers sell 30-year shelf-life white sugar in 5.6 lb. #10 cans for $5.75 (2021). You do not have to be a member of the church to purchase food storage.
- You could store 45 lbs. of honey instead of 60 lbs. of white sugar because honey is sweeter than sugar. Consider this: 45 lbs. of honey costs about $200, and 50 lbs. of white sugar from Costco costs about $26.
- Honey stores best at room temperature or in a pantry, and will crystalize more quickly in cold storage room or your refrigerator. If it crystalizes, it can be warmed in a pan of warm water until it dissolves. Do NOT microwave honey as this kills its nutrients.
- Keep honey in it’s original plastic or glass container if possible. Store away from air and light, and avoid storing on a windowsill or near an oven.
- Do not return the spoon you dipped in your honey after you spread it on bread.
- Here is a list of Utah honey sources.
As you gather over time, you can build up a wonderful supply of food storage sugars.
Best wishes and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer
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