What is the best way to store sugar so that it doesn't get hard?
White sugar doesn't really get hard. It may become a little lumpy, but if it does, there may be a little moisture inside the container. (High humidity could be the cause.)
Brown sugar - there's no way to prevent it from getting hard. The only solution is to soften it when you need to use it. Check out this page, How to Store Sugar, for more helpful hints.
Storing Sugar in Mylar Bags
I was wondering how long cane sugar and brown sugar can be stored in Mylar bags then in a five gallon food storage bucket?
Both white and brown sugar can be stored indefinitely, as long as it is stored properly to keep out any bugs or rodents. Mylar bags and food storage buckets should meet that requirement just fine.
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Food storage, brown sugar.
How do I store brown sugar for long term food storage?
OK So I think I just had my first long term food storage blunder. I placed an order for a bunch of food intending to dry can it. I am a novice at this so it is a learning experience.
Contacted our local LDS and they loaned me a canner. (Very Nice People!) I get home, can up my oats, dry milk and pull out the brown sugar.
Hmmm, I wonder if I am supposed to can this? It is moist. I had not thought of this so I jump online to see if I can find an answer. Now I read that it is not a good idea to dry can brown sugar.
Uhm, I've got 50 pounds of it! So can you recommend what I should do with it? I'm leaning towards canning the brown sugar anyway and dealing with hardness when I open it up. But maybe you have a better idea.
Thanks for your food storage information.
Storing granulated sugar
by Patricia Gilbert
Rather than using Mylar bags and moisture packs to store sugar, can I use a vacuum sealer to seal smaller bags-like 3 - 4 lbs each and then place in a plastic bucket with lid?
Absolutely! That's an excellent idea. Not only will it help keep moisture out of the sugar, but it makes it easier to use in 3-4 lb. packages.
Thanks, for the idea!
Packaging Brown Sugar
Is it best to vacuum seal brown sugar before putting in mylar and a bucket with absorber?
This subject has been covered extensively in previous questions from readers. And, no, brown sugar should not be vacuum sealed nor stored with O2 absorbers.
Read these pages:
How to Store Sugar
Storing Sugar Long Term