- Dec 3, 2017
- Central NM.
We keep them in the original bags too. We usually use Food Saver and vacuum seal them in the bag.You can get brown sugar in 25 pound bags at Costco and Sam's Club. I did that once and put it in a 5 gallon bucket. The last time I looked at it, it was still soft. I wish I had put it in a canning jar that has straight edges, no neck at the top, so it would slide right out.
I have always wanted to do the same thing with powdered sugar.
In November and December, sugar is always on reduced prices at the store. I try to buy a few packages every year. I keep them in the original paper package and keep those in a 5 gallon bucket as well.
Dani, I didn't see a reply to your question and I am not sure that I can answer it correctly. I would think that brown sugar would last almost indefinitely as well.I'm impressed Terri! I can never keep enough brown sugar around here to see if it would actually last 5 years . I wonder what the shelf life is. I know white sugar is almost indefinitely.
I would think it would take a bit of a set up to produce alcohol in that quantity. If you cannot sell the fuel, maybe you can provide transportation in various forms?There is also a similar process for getting sugar from Jerusalem Artichokes. The main drawback is that the tubers have only about 10% sugar content. The canes, on the other hand, have about 15% sugar just before they flower. It is wiser to harvest the cane and use it to produce alcohol than it is to produce sugar. The tubers are left in the ground and grow new cane quickly. There is no annual replanting as the tubers go dormant in the winter and as soon as the soil warms they produce new cane. It takes less processing and the yeast can get to more of the sugars than standard processes. Sugar cane has a lot more sugar in it but it requires a specific climate to grow. Jerusalem Artichokes grow in even the poorest soil and are insensitive to climate and water supply. The cane can be harvested twice a year so you need only about 2/3 as much land to produce the same amount of alcohol as you can get from grains with less processing.
I plan on using Jerusalem Artichoke to produce all my fuel as you can produce up to 10,000 gallons annually with a free permit and as long as you don't sell the fuel it doesn't require de-naturalization. 160 to 170 proof makes the best fuel for furnaces and vehicles. To use it in diesels you have to add alcohol esters to provide lubricant for the pump and injectors but you can use the root stalk alcohol to make the esters.