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Sugar in Your Pantry?

Sugar In Your Pantry or Not?

There may be two drastically different ways of viewing sugars today.  One could be caused by the economy and the skyrocketing prices, where you must decide if bread or sugar goes onto the shopping list.  The other one could be influenced by your view of nutrition.

 First, sugar stores well in the pantry.  The rule of thumb is:  granulated sugars need to be kept dry, and brown sugars need to be kept moist.  This means an airtight container with a tight fitting lid.  One word of caution, I have discovered that brown sugar kept in metal cans sometimes causes rust to form, because of the moisture, and can taint the taste of the sugar.  Should you choose metal, make sure it has a food grade finish on the inside of the container, (such as commercially made canisters) with no chips, cracks or dents.

However, syrups, molasses and honey are sugars also.  Therefore, a similar pantry rule applies.  They must be kept in airtight containers or they could pick up molds from the air and other substances that can spoil the whole batch.  The cooler the pantry or cupboard area, the longer the shelf life is for the syrup family.

Your budget will decide how much you store in your pantry.  However, the consistency rule can be applied here.  Buying even a small amount, consistently, will add up.  Yes, it most likely will take a few more paydays than you would like to accumulate the amount of sugar you need for preserves, baking or other needs.  That’s why you need to learn the meaning of budget stretching and positive buying, or is that positive thinking?  It’s called the “thrill of the hunt,” and can be fun.  Budget for it, paying the best price that you can find at the time.  If you are aware that the local supermarkets will be having a case lot sale in the near future, ask the store manager if one of the items to be offered at a real sale price will be sugar. If so, save your budget stretching dollar amounts until that sale to buy your sugar.  (See the article on price recognition to help you know if it really is a sale price.)

Now the nutritional view of sugars.  Lately, there seems to be a great cry to “Not buy it!”  (referring to refined, granulated sugars.)  Where would Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies be without Sugar?!  Decide how much your pantry will need, and which type / kind.  Do some research and see what works for you.  Here is a list of the major sugars and sweeteners out there in our foods:

sugar, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, sorbitol, fructose, maltose, lactose, manitol, turbinado, honey, corn syrup, molasses, and maple syrup.

Choose your sweeteners and learn how to preserve them properly.  Oh no, chocolate has sugar in it too!  Oh well, that’s one more buying decision I don’t have to make.  I just decide:  white chocolate or milk chocolate!

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  1. Only a small percentage of the sugar sold in the US is made from beets. Beets were just cleared by the USDA for use as a GMO crop this season so it wasn’t wide spread. Most of the sugar in stores is already (for now) non-GMO sugar. 

    However a roundup resistant strain of beets has been in wide use for 5 years that was not considered to be GMO. So you can rest well knowing that this sugar is not GMO but has been drenched in round-up several times. Go figure that one.

    BUT still most sugar you find in your grocery store is still cane sugar. The sugar in Europe is mostly beet sugar, though I don’t know where its produced.

  2. Milton Hicks says:

    Just make sure it is not GMO sugar, which may be difficult.

    • jedi1111 says:

      If there is a female in the house there had better be sugar. It’s all about the comfort food when there is crisis and people are stressed. We are going through Hurricane Sandy now and  let me  tell you the chocolate cake and Halloween candy are the two things going fast. They had some stupid dietician  on TV telling people what meals to prepare without power.  It was all ridiculous stuff like Quinoa and spelt bread.  I just wanted to smack her.  Such ridiculousness. A crisis is not the time to try out a new diet and health food is the last thing kids want to eat. They want the familiar bad for you stuff.

      Baking ingredients are always on sale in November because everybody bakes for Thanksgiving. So check your flyer and take advantage of the sales. Stock up.

      • jackie says:

        Finally, thank you for some common sense! of course kids and the rest of the family will want comfort foods. Seems like a no-brainer, till the ‘experts’ move in.

  3. Pam Kolis says:

    Cane sugar is non-GMO.

  4. dates,dry figs,olives,molasses and dry fruits :) that if u’r lucky and remain in ur location safely

  5. honey! great sweetner, great for you, and stores forever! :)

  6. Alane Haley says:

    Atlanta, they have found honey in the the pharohs tombs and said it is still safe to eat!

  7. We have honey powder its really nice!

    • Brad Purcell says:

      I am a beekeeper and wondering how to make raw honey into honey powder. Would be useful to know for storage purposes. I always have some that I don’t sell each year. It always turns to crystallized honey to be expected.

  8. We have honey powder its really nice!

  9. I keep many varieties of sugar in our personal supply. White cane sugar, brown sugar, molasses, powdered, chocolate, honey, syrups, jams, and jellies. Variety will always help.

  10. Rebecca Noel says:

    An amazing sugar not even mentioned in this list is coconut sugar and coconut nectar. It’s very low glycemic (depending on the batch can be as low as 35 on the glycemic index) It’s made from the nectar in coconut blossoms. It has wonderful complex flavors, very high in nutrients and doesn’t spike your insulin. I pretty much use it exclusively now. The nectar is the about the same consistency and texture as honey and is great for things like salad dressings, mixing in batters or even pouring on pancakes while the sugar is better in coffee.

  11. Annette Weeks says:

    We drink a LOT of sweet tea so I am always buying sugar! This time of year there are always sales on sugar and a lot of times there arecoupons in the Sunday paper, so I get the most for my money!

  12. Annette Weeks says:

    OOPS! wasn’t finished! We buy the large containers of pretzels from Sam’s and when they are emptied, I wash and dry them as they are great for bulk storage! The larger ones will hold 15-20 lbs of sugar and the smaller ons hold about 10 lbs. Once the sugar is in the jars, I take plastic wrap,cover the opening then secure that with a rubber band. Once the lid is screwed on, I take more plasticwrap and wrap the lid and secure that with a rubber band. This keeps dampness andbugs out!