The first preparedness challenge in December is to buy a variety of sugars for your food storage. This could include white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, jam or jelly, agave nectar, and molasses. We will buy pancake or maple syrup in February when we buy our breakfast foods. If you live in a small home, buy a 3-month supply of sugars. If you live in a large home, you could store a year’s supply of sugars. You’re too sweet not to work on this!
Buy Food Storage Sugars
Most sugars have an indefinite shelf life and tend to be inexpensive.
- I store 25 lbs. in a 5-gallon food grade bucket lined with a Mylar bag. Years ago, my sugar bucket cracked so now I’m prepared. I keep three sugar buckets in my pantry with a Gamma twist lid on top so it’s easier to open them. You may purchase Gamma lids at agricultural feed stores and sometimes on Amazon. Do NOT put an oxygen absorber packet in white sugar or it will turn rock solid. Been there, done that!
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sells 30-year shelf-life white sugar in 5.6 lb. #10 cans for $5.75 (2021). I store several of these cans in my food storage room. You do not have to be a member of the Latter-day Saint Church to buy food storage.
- The recommended amount of sugar to store for one adult each year is 60 lbs. Adjust amounts for children: Age 3 and under, 50%; 4-6, 70%; 7-10, 90%; 11 and up 100%.
- An example of 60 lbs. of sugars: 24 lbs. white sugar, 16 lbs. brown & powdered sugar, 6 lbs. of honey, 6 lbs. of maple syrup and 8 lbs. of jam.
BROWN SUGAR AND POWDERED SUGAR
- I store 10 to 12 x 2-lb. bags of each in 5-gallon buckets. Buying smaller bags helps the brown sugar stay soft, and it’s easier to pour into my kitchen sugar canister.
- You can store 45 lbs. of honey instead of 60 lbs. of white sugar because honey is sweeter than sugar, but 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 a cold storage room or your refrigerator. If it crystallizes, it can be warmed in a pan of warm water until dissolved. Do NOT microwave honey as this kills its nutrients.
- Keep honey in its 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 as this contaminates the honey.
- Here’s 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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