Monday, June 1, 2015

Be Prepared: June - Sugar

This month we will be collecting sugar in all it's forms; from white granulated sugar to jams and honey. Sugar is most definitely a staple to have in your food storage. You need it for baking, preserving and flavor.

You're probably asking: How much sugar should I have in food storage for my family? Well I have an answer for you. I found a calculator to help me figure out how much I need for my family of 5. It has you enter the number of family members ages 7+ and ages 0-6. This is what I got.

Or course you would need to adjust this as your family grows. You should always be updating the amount of food you have stored for your family to make sure you have enough.

How to store white granulated sugar

White granulated sugar can have an indefinite shelf life if stored properly and kept free from contaminants.

It should be stored in a cool dry place an keep tightly sealed after opening. To prevent it from hardening after being opened, place in an airtight container or cover with a heavy duty plastic bag and seal.

You can purchase sugar in #10 cans or in bulk. Emergency Essentials sells them in either form for a budget friendly price.

Super pail bulk white sugar

#10 can white sugar

How to store brown sugar

Brown sugar will stay soft in an unopened bag or container. If you have opened your brown sugar, store it in an airtight container with something to keep soft such as a piece of bread. The sugar will draw the moisture from the bread and rehydrate itself.

#10 can brown sugar

How to store jams/ jellies

Jams/ jellies each have their own shelf life and should be stored based on that. I found this nifty table at Eat by Date (featured below) that can help determine how long they need to be stored.

Basic storage of the jams and jellies should be in a cool dry place.

How to store honey

I love honey, I mean who doesn't? It's sweet and overall just yummy! It can be used in home remedies so this is something you should definitely keep in your food storage.

If honey is not stored properly it will crystallize, If the storage area it too cold the honey may also crystallize. Believe me, it's get hard and you can't use it well, just stick the jar in a pan of hot water to melt or in the microwave if it's in a plastic container. But don't over heat, if you do you lose the nutrients from the honey. Honey has an indefinite shelf life due to the high sugar concentration, so it will never go bad.

That's all I have for now.

June preparedness file

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