Preparedness Challenge: December Week 1

Since you’re super busy with holiday plans, the first preparedness challenge of December is super easy: gather sugars, another sweetener, or honey into your food storage. The recommended amount of white sugar for an adult per month is 5 lbs. or 60 lbs. for a year. If you don’t like white sugar, substitute honey or another sweetener. Or have a mixture of several items. If you live in a small home, focus on a 1 to 3-month supply of sugars. I you live in a large home, add to your year’s supply of sugar. You’ve got this!

1. Buy Sugars or Honey For Food Storage

  • Most sugars have an indefinite shelf life and they tend to be inexpensive.
  • A few ideas to gather are white sugar, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, pancake or maple syrup, jam or jelly, agave nectar, molasses, etc.
  • Brown sugar must be stored carefully so it doesn’t harden, but can be softened if it does.
  • You can purchase sugars at any grocery store. It’s economical in large bags, but you can buy smaller bags and store them in a container with a tight lid.
  • Do NOT add an oxygen absorber packet to white sugar if you store it long-term or it will turn rock solid. Been there, done that.
  • I store 25 lbs. of white sugar in a 5-gallon food grade bucket lined with a Mylar bag. But you could line your bucket with a food grade bucket liner. Years ago my sugar bucket cracked so now I’m prepared.
  • I store 10 to 12 x 2-lb. bags of brown and powdered sugar in 5-gallon buckets. I buy smaller bags because the brown sugar stays soft that way.
  • I use a Gamma twist lid instead of a regular bucket lid because they make it easier to open the bucket. I keep three sugar buckets in my pantry.
  • In Utah I’ve found Gamma lids at Smith and Edwards, Standard Restaurant Supply and Maceys grocery store. Buckets and Gamma lids typically come on sale during case lot sales in January, March and September. I would never pay more than $10.00 for a Gamma lid, but sometimes you have to. 
  • The Latter-day Saint Home Storage Center stores have long-term (10 year-shelf life) white sugar in 5.6. lb #10 cans. They are currently unavailable online, but will hopefully come back online soon. You do not have to be a member of my church to purchase online food storage. Just create a log in.


  • The Latter-day Saint Home Storage Center stores also carry honey bottles for $4.00 each.
  • Honey does not like to be stored in cold temperatures as it crystalizes more quickly. 
  • Honey can be warmed in a warm pan of water. Do NOT microwave it as this kills its nutrients.
  • Here is a list of Utah honey sources.

As you gather over time, you can build up a wonderful supply of food storage.

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

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