Does Powdered Sugar Go Bad?
Question: Does powdered sugar go bad? Read on to find out.
So, you love baking and you prefer using powdered sugar most of the time. Meaning you sometimes come across a half-finished bag of powdered sugar in your kitchen cabinet, that you didn’t even remember still existed. This isn’t something new, it happens to us all.
Once you come across that unfinished bag in a dark corner of the kitchen cupboard, its natural to ask yourself “does powdered sugar go bad?”
Fortunately for all occasional bakers, powdered sugar hardly goes bad. If you store it properly, it will last for several years, so even if yours was bought a couple of years ago, the powdered sugar should still be safe for consumption.
If you want to know more concerning the shelf life, storage and going bad of powdered sugar, continue reading the article.
How To Store Powdered Sugar
Powdered sugar (also referred to as confectioner’s sugar) needs to be stored in the same way that white sugar and brown sugar are. This means that the product should be stored in a cool, dry place. The best places to do so is in either the kitchen cabinet or pantry.
If the package is unopened, it remains sufficient for storage. However, after its unsealed, it has to be sealed tightly before storage so that insects, bugs and moisture don’t get in it.
You can even decide to store it in a decorative container and place it on display somewhere on your kitchen shelves. Anything will do as long as it remains well sealed and protected from heat sources and moisture.
Finally, the powdered sugar should be stored away from any strong smells. Of course, if the container or packaging is sealed tightly, no odors will be able to get into the container. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
How Long Does Powdered Sugar Last?
As mentioned before, if the powdered sugar is stored properly, it will remain fine indefinitely. Most manufacturers include a best-by date on the packaging and recommend that the product be used within at least a year or two in order to obtain best quality. However, the quality will probably be the same after three or five years. Its not easy to tell whether or not the product is in good condition.
Powdered sugar will form tiny clumps with time. Every brand uses different amounts of cornstarch, so the time it takes for your powdered sugar to form clumps mainly depends on what brand you decided to use.
Either way, small clumps will still form in the powdered sugar but you don’t have to worry much about it.
How To Tell If Powdered Sugar Is Bad
Powdered sugar doesn’t get spoiled easily unless it comes into contact with water. If a few drops of water get into the storage container, the product will form small clumps that will not cause any harm and you shouldn’t worry much about.
On the other hand, if a lot of water gets in the powdered sugar, then mold or any other kind of organic growth may form on it. This is when you’ll need to throw it out. The same applies to when the powered sugar becomes infested with insects.
Although it rarely occurs, but there are cases when old powdered sugar will taste stale. So, if you use it to bake, your baked goods will be ruined. So, make sure you test out your old powdered sugar before using it. If in any case, it doesn’t taste okay, throw it away and get another pack.
How To Make Powdered Sugar using Regular Sugar
If the powdered sugar in the kitchen cabinet isn’t enough and you really need some, you can decide to make some at home. All you need is regular sugar that you can process using a mortar and pestle or in the coffee grinder. It will pretty much be better than using stale powdered sugar.