Have a bag of sugar in your pantry that’s been there for awhile? Whether it’s white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, or coconut sugar, today we’re answering the big question – does sugar go bad? Read below to find out!
Does Sugar Go Bad?
Find out exactly how long it lasts! Let’s break it down by each type:
Granulated (White) Sugar
Does granulated (white) sugar go bad? Technically, no. It can last indefinitely! However, there is a best buy date on most packages of sugar for a reason. The general rule is that white sugar lasts about two years for best flavor and results, but it can really last much longer than that.
>> What to make with Granulated Sugar? Try this Lemon Turmeric Cake recipe!
Brown sugar can also last indefinitely. However, it’s best to try to use it within two years! Since brown sugar can begin to clump together and become hard, it has the best quality before the expiration date.
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Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
In an airtight container, powdered sugar can last forever! Like other types of sugar, it doesn’t necessarily go bad once it’s past it’s expiration date. However, the quality of the sugar can decrease with time. It’s best to use powdered sugar within 2-3 years!
>> These Orange Cranberry Shortbread Cookies are the perfect way to use up leftover powdered sugar!
Coconut sugar is another type of sugar that doesn’t go bad! While there may be a best buy or expiration date on the packaging, this is listed for the best assured quality. Store coconut sugar in an airtight container away from heat, and it can last a very long time!
>> Tip: Substitute coconut sugar for regular granulated sugar in any recipe for added flavor!
How to Tell if Sugar is Bad
There’s a difference between sugar going bad and sugar losing its quality. While most types of sugar can last indefinitely, there are times when they can go bad if they haven’t been stored properly! Here are a few things to lookout for in order to tell if sugar is bad:
- If there is mold in it.
- If pantry pests have gotten into it.
- The smell is off.
Does Sugar-Free Syrup Go Bad?
For the most part, it’s best to use sugar-free syrup within 3-6 months (or by the expiration date). While most syrups can last a pretty long time, sugar-free syrups tend to have a shorter shelf life!
Does Sugar Water Go Bad?
Yes! Sugar water does goes bad and can only last about 4-5 days in the refrigerator.