How to Store Dry Sugar
Even if you are trying to limit the amount of sugar you consume, it’s almost impossible to go completely sugar free. I’m not sure I could go without apple crisp…That makes sugar an important part of a food storage plan. When thinking about long term storage the first thing that might come to mind is packaging your sugar with oxygen absorbers. After all, if you can remove the oxygen from most food it will last longer right?
Not so with dry sugar.
Removing the oxygen for long term sugar storage is not required and not recommended.
Why? Oxygen absorbers will cause your sugar to become one giant “rock” inside the container. You’ll need a chisel to use it in the future.
Since there are only a few packaging requirements for sugar, that’s going to save you some money in the long run.
Sugar storage containers
Have you ever made flavored sugars? You can combine granulated sugar and dried herbs or spices, let them sit together in a glass container and after a few weeks you’ll have lavender or rose sugar. Tasty for cooking and herbal teas. Not so good for your sugar storage. The storage container you choose needs to keep the sugar away from other strong odors.
Food-grade plastic buckets are a great option and the one I use the most. We often purchase 25 pounds of sugar at the big box grocery and then pack it into manageable 3 pound plastic zip bags. I do this only for convenience. It is not necessary and it can just as easily be stored in bulk and scooped from the container.
When you purchase 25 pounds of sugar, I think it’s easier to remove smaller portions at a time. That way you are not getting into the bucket as frequently which risks introducing moisture. Moisture is not your sugar friend. See how I do this in my Storing 25 Pounds of Flour post.
Glass canning jars are also an option but they take up a lot of space and are easily broken. They will protect your dry sugar from odors and moisture.
#10 size cans are suitable for dry sugar storage. You can purchase these at most wholesale food warehouses, from providentliving.org or from ThriveLife. If you are lucky enough to have access to an LDS Dry Pack Cannery in Utah, you can even pack your own.
Polyethylene bags from a FoodSaver will work, but do not remove the air.
Mylar bags can be used to package your sugar into smaller portions. Remember oxygen absorbers are not needed.
Sugar storage is perhaps the easiest of the commodities to store. You only need to protect it from moisture, use airtight containers and you’re good to go.
- // Brown sugar should be stored in an airtight container. It will last for at least 1 year.
// Confectioners sugar should be stored in an airtight container. It will last for at least 18 months
// Granulated sugar should be placed in plastic bags, tubs, or #10 cans. Do not use oxygen absorbers. Stored properly it will last indefinitely.
// Artificial sweeteners should be stored in airtight containers, covered tightly. They will last for at least 2 years.