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Does Powdered Sugar Go Bad? The answer is......................

Posted by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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Ever wondered if that powdered sugar that has been sitting on the shelf for nearly a decade has gone bad?  Powdered sugar is not a standard ingredient used everyday, so it is important to ask yourself if it does and will go bad if left for years.

The answer is not as simple as yes or no.  While it may not go bad, it can get stale and lose its integrity and taste. Powdered sugar is made from granulated sugar and a dash of cornstarch.  Both of these ingredients can be kept for long periods of time, however, they can grow stale if stored improperly.

If powdered sugar is stored properly it can be kept for years without growing stale, however, the best rule of thumb in cooking with powdered sugar is to make sure a fresh batch is exchanged once a year.  Many change out their powdered sugar during the holidays to ensure the taste is viable and the sugar has not turned stale.

To keep the powdered sugar at its best for months, store it in an air tight container or pouch.  A glass jar with an air tight lid is the best way to keep the sugar fresh for a long period of time.  It is important to keep moisture out of the jar so that it doesn’t get stale.

by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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RADmomma
by Sara on Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM
We actually use a bag every few months... but we bake alot
Noni2319
by Chrissy on Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Thank you
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Family4Eternity
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

 I must be the odd one. Never have I wondered if powdered sugar goes bad. Good information though.

SammiBaby
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I don't use mine very much so this is actually wonderful to know.

Stevied13
by Steph on Nov. 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM
Good to know, even tho I bake often.
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wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

 

Quoting RADmomma:

We actually use a bag every few months... but we bake alot

 I love to bake but since the in laws came to live with us I have to watch what I cook/bake anymore. Sucks sometimes specially around the holidays cause my kitchen counters would be full by now at this time of year :~@(

wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

 

Quoting Noni2319:

Thank you

 your very welcome :~@)

wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

 

Quoting Family4Eternity:

 I must be the odd one. Never have I wondered if powdered sugar goes bad. Good information though.

 At least now I know why mine smelled stale before lol :~@)

and your not the odd one:~@)

wendums1229
by Wendi on Nov. 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

 

Quoting SammiBaby:

I don't use mine very much so this is actually wonderful to know.

 always glad to help :~@)

ihave1
by Member on Nov. 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

 Honey  doesn't!!

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