Sunday, July 26, 2009

Preserving (Canning) Brown Sugar

Brown sugar doesn't last nearly as long as regular sugar in your food storage. If kept in its original bag, it will turn hard in a relatively short amount of time. You can buy brown sugar (C&H Brand- the good stuff) at Costco or Sam's for about $13 for a 25 pound bag. That makes it about 1/2 the cost of buying it at the grocery store. Here is a way to store brown sugar that will keep it as fresh as the day you bought it. What you will need, however, is a FoodSaver, and a mason jar attachment.

I purchase a 25 pound bag at a time of Brown Sugar from either Costco or Sam's.

My kids like to help put the brown sugar into jars. I pack it in tightly using a wooden tart press (you could use anything that fits down into the jar). Each quart jar holds about 2 pounds of brown sugar.

When the jar is full, wipe off the rim, so no sugar is on it. If there is sugar on the rim, the jar will not seal.

Put the lid on the jar (you do not need to do anything to the lid), and then put the jar attachment (seen here- can purchase on, or get a a kitchen specialty store) over the whole top of the jar.

Plug into the FoodSaver and seal! The food saver extracts all of the oxygen out of the jar and seals the lid. When you open the jar when you are ready to use it, the brown sugar is as soft as the day you sealed it.

The finished product ready to go into my food storage room.

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  1. Have you tried canning brown sugar in #10 cans? I hate to use glass since it's breakable. How long does brown sugar last?

  2. I have never used a #10 can to preserve brown sugar. The only reason being is that I don't have easy access to a can sealer. Brown sugar does not last near as long as granulated sugar, but can easily last for several years if the air is removed. I have purchased brown sugar in #10 cans (distributed by Honeyville), but doing it yourself in the jars is much more cost effective. I have opened up bottles after 2 years that are as fresh as the day they were sealed:)

  3. I know this is an old post, but I'm wanting to do this as well. How many quart jars do you need for a 25 lb. bag?