The first preparedness challenge in December is to buy sugars for your food storage, which may include: white or brown sugar, powdered sugar, jam or jelly, agave nectar, or molasses. We’ll buy pancake syrup in February with our breakfast foods.
Store a 3-month supply of sugars if you live in a small home, and a year’s supply for a large home.
Buy Food Storage Sugars
- The recommended amount of sugar for one adult to store 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.: 24 lbs. white sugar, 16 lbs. brown & powdered sugar, 6 lbs. of honey, 6 lbs. of maple syrup and 8 lbs. of jam.
- I store 25 lbs. of sugar from Costco in a few 5-gallon food grade buckets lined with a Mylar bag. Years ago, my sugar bucket cracked and it was a mess.
- You may find Gamma twist lids for your bucket at agricultural feed stores and on Amazon.
- Do NOT put oxygen absorber packets in white sugar or it will turn rock solid.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sells 30-year shelf-life white sugar in 5.6 lb. #10 cans for $8.80 (2023). I store several of these cans in my food storage room. Anyone may purchase food storage from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BROWN SUGAR AND POWDERED SUGAR
- I store 10 to 12 x 2-lb. brown sugar and powdered sugar bags in 5-gallon buckets. Buying smaller bags keeps brown sugar soft.
- You may store 45 lbs. of honey instead of white sugar because honey is sweeter than sugar. However, 45 lbs. of honey costs about $200, whereas white sugar from costs about $26.
- Honey stores best at room temperature or in a pantry. It will crystalize more quickly in a cold storage room.
- Crystallized honey can be softened in a pan of warm water. Do NOT microwave honey as this kills nutrients.
- Keep honey in its original plastic or glass container. Store away from air and light, and avoid storing on a windowsill or near an oven.
- Do not reuse 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 sweet,
The Food Storage Organizer
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