How to Store Sugar – Long Term Food Storage

Looking for the best ways to keep sugar fresh for everyday, short term and long term food storage? Check out the below information!

Everyday – store in an airtight container, keep away from moisture, use as needed.

Short term – store in an airtight container, food grade bucket or mylar bag with NO oxygen absorber.

Long term – store in food grade bucket or mylar bag with NO oxygen absorber.

Do I need to freeze sugar before storing?

No, do not place sugar in the freezer or fridge, it will turn it into a rock and even if it does ‘defrost’ it can cause too much moisture buildup and make the sugar go rancid.

Can I store brown sugar long term?

Brown sugar can be stored short term in a mylar bag with NO oxygen absorber for a couple of years. You may want to consider storing white sugar and storing molasses, as molasses lasts forever and you make brown sugar by mixing in some molasses with white sugar.

Can I store powdered sugar long term?

Powdered sugar can be stored long term with no oxygen absorber. However, the best way to have powdered sugar on hand is to store white sugar then blend/grind as needed.

Do I need to use an oxygen absorber when storing sugar?

No, never use an oxygen absorber for any kind of sugar. It will turn into a brick if you use an oxygen absorber.

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Morgan is the founder of Rogue Preparedness. She has been a prepper for over a decade. She's a wife, mother of two daughters and is homesteading off grid. She teaches people how to be prepared for emergencies and disasters.

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  1. Are you still around? Thanks for all your insight and info. :) tc

    1. Of course.

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